ZixIt and Esker Agreement Links Intelligent Document Delivery Software to Secure Message Transport Service
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 15, 2001--
Deal Marks First Widespread Distribution
Opportunity for ZixMail in Europe
ZixIt Corporation (Nasdaq: ZIXI) and Esker, Inc., a Lyon,
France-based leader in intelligent information delivery, have entered
into a strategic marketing agreement to enable users of Esker's
Pulse(TM) product, an intelligent multi-channel delivery solution of
business-critical information, to send electronic documents and data
securely through ZixIt's ZixMail.net(TM) secure message portal. Pulse
provides ZixIt with a path to offer its secure message delivery
services for previously unsupported classes of applications.
ZixMail.net provides a browser-based solution for sending and
receiving secure messages over an SSL Internet connection. This
agreement covers all geographic regions in which Esker has operations,
including Europe, North and South America, and the Pacific Rim.
Specific financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Pulse transforms data from any business application into popular
formats such as HTML, XML, email, PDF, fax, and print, and delivers it
to anyone, anywhere, and in any volume. Through this agreement, any
application connected to Pulse will be ZixMail-enabled for secure
information delivery to end-users. As a result, customer
communications via Pulse will have the additional assurance of secure
delivery of essential documents such as invoices, bills, statements,
and trade confirmations in the desired format.
"As part of a broader content management strategy, enterprises
need to pay particular attention to the security issues around
distributing their content over the Internet," said Mark Gilbert,
research director, Gartner Group, when asked to comment on the
"Our customers deliver significant numbers of urgent,
commerce-related documents critical to their businesses," said Mitch
Baxter, executive vice president of business development for Esker.
"It is natural that secure delivery is often a requirement for this
type of information. We are constantly looking to enhance our products
and form quality partnerships that bring new benefits to our
customers. Incorporating ZixIt's secure email solution allows Esker to
further differentiate Pulse from other information delivery
"This alliance strengthens the value proposition of Esker's
document delivery technology," said Doug Kramp, vice president of
business development for ZixIt. "The combination of ZixIt's technology
and the Pulse product will allow organizations of any size to be
confident that critical documents are sent securely to the correct
recipients. This is yet another example of how ZixMail is an everyday
business tool for corporations to secure their Internet
communications, and we anticipate this alliance will increase the
already strong interest in ZixIt technologies among the Fortune 1000."
Pulse captures data from applications running on IBM mainframes,
AS/400s (iSeries), Unix systems, and Windows NT/2000 servers,
including ERP, CRM, SCM, accounting, and many other mission-critical
business applications. Featuring a revolutionary technology called
General Document Recognition (GDR), Pulse recognizes the content of
incoming data and uses it to identify the types of documents and
recipients, then addresses them, makes necessary formatting and data
transformation changes, and transmits them to almost any client
device, such as email and fax.
About Esker Software
Esker Software solutions enable intelligent access to and delivery
of core business information from any data source, in any format, to
any recipient. Esker extends the reach of information technologies and
shortens the distance between people and information. The company was
founded in 1985 and is traded on the French Stock Exchange (Le Nouveau
Marche: 3581). In 2000, Esker reported sales of 27.4 million Euros
(about $25.9 million). In September 2000, Esker finalized an agreement
to acquire VSI, a California-based developer of fax server solutions.
Esker's operations span North America, South America, Europe, and
Asia/Pacific with about 300 employees and an installed base of 2
million licensed users worldwide. For more information, visit
About ZixIt Corporation
ZixIt Corporation provides products and services that enhance
security, privacy, and convenience for users of the Internet. The
company's ZixMail product, PC Magazine 2001 Editors' Choice for email
security, is a secure email application and service that enables
Internet users worldwide to easily send encrypted and digitally-signed
communications using their existing email addresses and systems.
ZixIt's state-of-the-art secure data center ensures seamless, secure
delivery of electronic messages. The center has the capacity,
scalability, and infrastructure to easily support every email address
in the world. For more information or to easily send encrypted and
certifiable email, visit www.zixit.com.
The Zix marks, including ZixIt, ZixMail and ZixMail.net are
trademarks of ZixIt Corporation. All other names referenced herein are
the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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