FirstEnergy Selects FileNet P8 and OmniRIM for Enterprise Records Management; FileNet/OmniRIM Solution Provides Integrated Electronic & Physical Records Management

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San Antonio - 24 Oct 2006: OmniRIM Solutions Inc., the leading provider of Enterprise Physical Records Management solutions, and FileNet, an IBM Company (NYSE: IBM) and a leading provider of Enterprise Content and Business Process Management solutions, announced that FirstEnergy Corp. has selected an integrated FileNet P8/OmniRIM solution to provide end-to-end lifecycle management of its vital business records. With this unified solution, FirstEnergy has centralized and standardized records management operations for its more than 20 million physical records across its facilities.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its seven electric utility operating companies comprise the nation's fifth largest investor-owned electric system, based on 4.5 million customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, while its generation subsidiaries control nearly 14,000 megawatts of capacity.

OmniRIM and FileNet jointly provided an integrated records management architecture that centralizes responsibility and provides common records management policies and processes, such as retention scheduling, across FirstEnergy's geographically distributed records facilities. This scalable, seamlessly integrated electronic and physical records management system provides life cycle management and records center capabilities to track the movement of documents and boxes.

Larry W. Hawkins, Director of Records & Information Compliance at FirstEnergy says "FirstEnergy chose this solution because it supported a seamless transition from our former physical records management system and provides enhanced scalability demanded by our business."

"We are pleased to team with OmniRIM to provide FirstEnergy with leading-edge records management solutions," said Martyn Christian, vice president, content management marketing for FileNet. "Our FileNet P8 platform offers organizations a single platform that can be used to address immediate and future compliance issues within the enterprise."

FileNet's market-leading enterprise content management (ECM) platform, FileNet P8 is a reliable, scalable and highly available enterprise platform that enables companies to capture, store, manage, secure and process information to increase operational efficiency and lower total cost of ownership. Built on FileNet P8, FileNet Records Manager uniquely combines content, process and connectivity to automate and streamline all records-based activities, minimizes burdensome end-user participation, enforces compliance, and creates business advantage through a compelling return on investment.

Doug Onofrychuk, Chief Operating Officer at OmniRIM Solutions Inc., says "This solution provides FirstEnergy with direct access to both physical and electronic information through a unified, integrated solution. Rapid access to full records information accelerates business decisions, while making organizations more effective. We have worked closely with FileNet for more than a year to tightly integrate our OmniRIM solution into the FileNet P8 architecture. We are dedicated to providing collaborative solutions such as this to enhance efficiencies of organizations facing today's challenging compliance and information management issues."

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