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With Release 6.0, Auto-trol changes name of CENTRA 2000® Product Line to KONFIG® Configuration Management (CM)

New Name Launches Company Efforts to Align Product Family Functionality and Synergies


Denver, Colorado
September 13, 2002

Auto-trol Technology Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiary, Centra 2000, Inc. today announced a name change for the CENTRA 2000 product family to KONFIG® Configuration Management (KONFIG® CM), effective with the launch of Release 6.0 due out in October. Configuration Management, defined as the business processes and systems associated with ensuring data integrity and accuracy across an enterprise, is the heart of KONFIG® CM. KONFIG® CM is certified CMII®-compliant by the Institute of Configuration Management. It is complemented by Auto-trol's suite of KONFIG physical network and asset management software tools in the KONFIG Network Manager product family. KONFIG® CM introduces a new n-tiered, J2EE-based architecture that utilizes XML messaging between services and XSL for the presentation layer. The style sheets allow customers to tailor forms and interfaces to reflect their organization's own look and feel. KONFIG® CM Release 6.0 includes the KONFIG® CM servers and clients for PC, which are the successor generation to the CENTRA 2000® programs and components. UNIX® servers will be available as a point release later this year.

The first release of KONFIG® CM provides a new, easier to use interface for the KCM Internet web browser application. The web interface can support employees, customers, suppliers, and business partners with secure global access to business and product data over a WAN and the Internet. Other key product enhancements are available with this first release and many others are planned for future releases. KONFIG CM is a true Total Configuration Management (TCM) product that provides the enabling technology framework to facilitate dynamic and powerful solutions in document management, product data management, source control management, hardware configuration management, or any other type of information management.

"The name change from CENTRA 2000® to KONFIG® CM better conveys the true depth and breadth of what was called CENTRA 2000®," said Bryan Oldham, KONFIG® CM Product Manager, about the company's decision to change the product name. "We believe the future of TCM has never been brighter. With the release of KONFIG CM, Auto-trol is introducing the first inclusive TCM solution. The product remains true to its proud heritage and roots in the U.S. Space Program, and we see this realignment as a natural progression of our product to stay in step with the growing and diverse needs of our customers in a web-based, global business environment." Oldham went on to say, "KONFIG® CM's layered architecture, based on state-of-the-art Internet technologies, will enable our clients to rapidly develop, implement, and deliver new web-based configuration management solutions."

According to Steve Spradlin, Vice President of KONFIG® CM Development, "KONFIG® CM Release 6.0 provides our customers with the next generation of CM capabilities. We specifically designed the product to maximize flexibility for our customers' unique business requirements. The product can be used for out of the box CM implementations and can be tailored with minimal investment. Built on J2EE technologies, the new KCM Internet web application provides superior capabilities allowing secure global access to configuration information."

Company background


Established in 1962, Auto-trol Technology Corporation is a major global developer and integrator of collaborative configuration and life cycle management systems, electronic publishing systems, and network management systems for government, 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, professional services, training, and software support. Information about Auto-trol Technology and its products and services can be found on the Internet at www.auto-trol.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.