SOE Software Selects IBM to Help Provide Voter Services

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TAMPA, FL - 30 Nov 2004: SOE Software Corporation, a leading national provider of election and candidate management solutions, has selected IBM Global Services to help them provide a wide range of voter services -- from voter education to real-time voting results -- to customers worldwide.

SOE Software works with local supervisors of elections offices to provide voters with online, personalized access to a wide range of local election information, such as sample ballots, polling locations and directions, campaign finance reporting and real-time voting results. Currently nearly two million of Florida's approximately nine million registered voters can locate such information through Web sites powered by SOE Software. The technology also enhances productivity at election offices by reducing employee time typically spent on reacting to data and reporting requests.

As part of a three-year contract, SOE Software will call upon IBM Global Services to install its software at new client sites on an on demand basis. This allows SOE Software to focus on its core business without hiring additional IT staff. The agreement with IBM also provides SOE with information technology management expertise on a flexible basis.

"Although we considered other technology services, we felt that a relationship with IBM would provide our customers with the greatest degree of quality, resources and satisfaction," said Marc Fratello, CEO of SOE Software. "As a result, we are very pleased to work with IBM as we expand our business."

Many growing businesses like SOE Software are working with IBM to help manage increased volume in business without hiring additional IT staff. IBM helps mid-sized companies obtain IT expertise and computing resources on a flexible and cost-efficient basis. IBM services for mid-sized customers include security capabilities, computing capacity on demand, software as a service and desktop management.

Driving national demand for election management tools is the $4 billion Help America Vote Act (HAVA) enacted by Congress in 2002, which mandates each state comply with a host of new federal requirements surrounding voting procedures.

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