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CEDITI and Sequoia Software Partner

CEDITI, Sequoia Software Form Strategic Marketing and Development Partnership

Belgium-Based CEDITI, 1st European Integrator To Gain Technology Edge With Sequoia's XML-Based Content Management System

COLUMBIA, MD. February 10, 1999.

Belgium-based CEDITI and Sequoia Software, headquartered here, today announced formation of a strategic marketing and development agreement between the two firms.

The relationship will enable CEDITI, a value-added-reseller (VAR) and integrator of information technology in Europe, to resell and create new product packages with Sequoia Interchange2000 (i2K) or to use it in integration projects. Under the licensing agreement with Sequoia, CEDITI will be a direct distribution channel for i2K for Belgium providing training, technical support, marketing and sales.

The agreement takes effect immediately.

CEDITI, Sequoia's first European VAR, joins several major European-based technology leaders as strategic business allies with Sequoia, including Finland-based Datex-Ohmeda, and Lernout & Hauspie (L&H) based both in the U.S. and Belgium.

i2K is an application framework for acquiring, managing, and presenting tailored, audience-specific information generated by disparate applications.

Business enterprises who embed i2K into their products and/or enterprises, who directly take advantage of i2K, are provided such features as a distributed XML and document repository, data distribution and replication services, XML publishing, XML data entry, standardised security, and workflow with content-based routing.

Roland Husson, CEDITI general manager said, "There is a growing demand here in Belgium and throughout Europe for XML-based back-office integration capability that can be 'bought as opposed to built.' "In the healthcare area, for example, we saw this demand clearly demonstrated recently when representatives from over 80 different healthcare information technology interests throughout Europe attended our 'XML for Healthcare' seminar."

Olivier Declerfayt, CEDITI senior consultant added, "Having had numerous queries from hospitals for an intranet-based electronic patient record system, we were ready to launch a project to develop a generic XML-based back-end capable of addressing the problem. When we saw the tools Sequoia had created for acquiring, managing and presenting information, we immediately decided to team with them instead of developing our own."

Declerfayt continued, "We evaluated i2K in the framework of two healthcare projects on which we were active at that time: a intranet-based medical result server and a drug prescription system for oncology. We were pleased to see that i2K was not only able to cope very effectively with XML-based records, but also with almost all the data, computerized or not, that can typically be found in the healthcare environment."

Declerfayt concluded that, "Because i2K is a generic application framework toolkit, we are also excited about using it on projects in other industry sectors besides healthcare."

Chris McCarthy, Sequoia vice president of European operations said, "We are very excited about our relationship with CEDITI. Their technical expertise and market presence assures us greater positioning and more immediate access to much of the European market."

Robert Powell, European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) healthcare industry manager, Microsoft, Ltd., Microsoft Corporation's European division said, "Microsoft is very supportive of the Sequoia-CEDITI relationship. The combination of CEDITI's technical expertise and Sequoia's XML-based back-end solution with our BackOffice Server suite creates a powerful solution for the European healthcare marketplace."

"The universal, non-proprietary nature of XML and the flexibility of i2K provides CEDITI with a break-through package solution for healthcare systems that should ease acceptance and increase adoption here in Europe while yielding a greater return on investment for healthcare organisations," added Powell.

i2K is Microsoft BackOffice Certified and embeds Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 run-time database engine, providing rapid, indexed access to administratively defined XML data.

About Sequoia Software Corp.

Founded in 1992 and recognized by Deloitte & Touche as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States, Sequoia Software has emerged as a global leader in XML-based technologies.

Sequoia Software Corp. is headquartered in the U.S. in Columbia, and recently expanded its sales, support and administration operations to Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) markets with offices in Dublin, Ireland.

Additional information about Sequoia and i98 can be obtained through Sequoia's website at


CEDITI, The Centre for Information Technology Transfer (Centre de diffusion des Technologies de l'Information), was created in 1995 in order to bring new technologies to effective solutions in the market. CEDITI focuses its activities in the following IT areas: network applications over Internet technologies, multimedia systems, and software engineering methods and tools.

CEDITI assesses and evaluates new information technologies which constantly evolve from scientific and technical breakthroughs all over the world. CEDITI then helps businesses and administrations making appropriate use of products and services based on these technologies. Information regarding CEDITI may be obtained by visiting the company's website at


Sequoia Software Corp., Columbia
Jeff Mason, 410/715-0206, ext. 226


Wes Shaffer, 410/727-2131, ext. 216

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive.

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