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Auto-trol's KONFIG® CM EDM, PDM, and Workflow Product Receives Institute of Configuration Management CMII® Certification

Collaborative Product Configuration Management Software Achieves CMII Certification Demonstrating a Broad Range of Robust Functionality


Denver, Colorado
September 13, 2001

Auto-trol Technology Corporation today announced Configuration Management II (CMII) Certification for its KONFIG® CM (formally CENTRA 2000®) collaborative product configuration management system. The prestigious Institute of Configuration Management (ICM) awarded the certification after KONFIG® CM demonstrated its ability to meet a 23-item process automation checklist, particularly the critical ability to clearly identify and control elements within the core functions of Hierarchies and Linkages, As-planned/As-released Baselines, Document Metadata, and Ownership Validation. CMII, developed by the Institute of Configuration Management, is a scalable, closed-loop model that represents the best-practices standard to manage all product and process-related information and associated changes. More than 3,000 CM professionals have completed ICM's comprehensive, university-sponsored training program and achieved CMII certification. With its CMII certification, organizations now have KONFIG® CM as a capable, viable solution to assure that their EDM, PDM, and Workflow processes can help support their enterprise CMII initiatives.

Vince Guess, President of ICM and Director of the university-sponsored CMII certification program, had this to say after the KONFIG® CM compliance demonstration. "The many CM professionals that have received our training over the years have had difficulty in implementing CMII and achieving the potential benefits for one major reason; the appropriate enabling tools have not been available. I am very pleased to acknowledge that the functionality of KONFIG® CM is very robust in the areas that are most critical to successful implementation. I was also very pleased to see that Auto-trol is utilizing their CMII-compliant KONFIG® CM Collaborative Product Configuration Management system to enable and manage their own software development process.

Steve Spradlin, Executive Vice President and COO of CENTRA 2000, Inc., had these comments about CMII certification for the KONFIG® CM product line. KONFIG® CM's recent CMII certification demonstrates our commitment to support configuration management methodologies, models, and processes established by the ICM. The internal software configuration management system, which we use to control the development of KONFIG® CM, implements several aspects of the CMII model. Our entire product development team uses CMII combined with KONFIG® CM on a daily basis. As true users of CMII and KONFIG® CM, we are able to ensure the highest quality products for our customers and our business.

KONFIG® CM remains the only product of its type to support the combination of configurable folders, data model, processes, and security through a graphical user interface, without programming or database schema changes. In addition, KONFIG® CM provides over 800 programmatic methods to support customization of Find/View/Print, Electronic Document Management, Electronic Content Management, Product Data Management, Configuration Management, and Workflow applications. The recently released version 5.3 includes new configurable and customizable web workflow task support; a spreadsheet-style user interface in the Configuration Editor; and configurable online help for the PC client. Auto-trol will demonstrate KONFIG® CM CMII compliance at the upcoming CMII User Group Conference at the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego, 23-26 September 2001 (http://www.cmiiug.com).

Company background


Established in 1962, Auto-trol Technology Corporation is a major global developer and integrator of documentation, product, information, and process management systems for manufacturing and other contemporary businesses and organizations worldwide. Based in Denver, Colorado, Auto-trol has offices and distributors throughout the world and has installed systems for thousands of customers in both domestic and international markets. Auto-trol is a full service provider, supplying software, integration and consulting services, training, and software support. Information about Auto-trol Technology and its products and services can be found on the Internet at http://www.auto-trol.com. Information about KONFIG® CM can be found at http://www.auto-trol.com/Products/c2k/aboutc2k.shtml. Information on the ICM and its training program can be found at http://www.icmhq.com.

Centra Technology Ltd. is the wholly owned UK subsidiary of Auto-Trol Technology Corporation of Denver, Colorado, a 40 year old computer-aided engineering and technical publishing software developer and systems integrator. From its headquarters in Wolverhampton, Centra Technology Ltd. sells and supports Auto-Trol's KONFIG® CM (formally CENTRA 2000®) and Tech Illustrator software suites as well as the GEOSTATION® petroleum exploration and production geographic information system (GIS).

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For further information, contact:
Barry Jones, Tel: 01902 824282, Fax: 01902 824058, e-mail: barry@centra-tech.co.uk.