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RICOH’S DOCUMENTMALL™ RECEIVES BOOST FROM KARORA TECHNOLOGIES

Ricoh Welcomes Karora as a New Technology Alliance Program Member


West Caldwell, NJ, May 13, 2008 - Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced that AppConnector™ by Karora Technologies, a developer of software components and solutions built for medium-sized enterprises, passed Ricoh’s compatibility testing. Ricoh’s DocumentMall solution works with Karora Technologies’ AppConnector to further streamline document management processes efficiently. In addition, Karora Technologies joins Ricoh’s Technology Alliance Program and will work jointly with Ricoh to offer solutions that focus on delivering value and solving business problems.

Ricoh’s DocumentMall, a web-based document management software-as-a-service solution (SaaS), provides users with a Web interface that features point-and-click navigation and the ability to drag and drop documents and folders from users’ desktops into DocumentMall. While DocumentMall serves as a comprehensive solution for storing and sharing documents and files, the addition of AppConnector will enable the program to offer automated query searches & document inserts. As a result, users can easily gather files or locate and resolve errors.

When paired with App Connector, DocumentMall’s enhanced capabilities will allow organizations to greatly improve operational costs and time efficiency. These benefits make this solution an ideal choice for industries that rely on document management and retrieval services such as higher education, healthcare, and financial services. The combined technology also allows businesses to access their files in an efficient and secure manner as the technology offers encryption and password protection to be added to the electronic documents.

When utilizing this enriched solution, current DocumentMall users will experience no learning curve because AppConnector operates on the back end of this SaaS solution. Furthermore, to access AppConnector, users simply need to click on a floating button bar that is added to a user’s desktop without any changes to their business applications or DocumentMall’s graphic user interface.

“This Ricoh and Karora partnership will allow us to provide our clients with innovative solutions that optimize key business support processes and we look forward to working together to bring them to the market,” said Pete McBride, co-founder and chief executive officer, Karora Technologies.

Ricoh’s Alliance Program partners with leading software, consulting and technology companies and content management systems integrators to provide innovative business solutions. There are two divisions within the Alliance Program, the Strategic Alliance Program and the Technology Alliance Program. Karora Technologies joined the Technology Alliance Program, which is comprised of third party software and hardware companies that specialize in niche solution offerings that complement Ricoh hardware and software technologies, as a bronze member. In addition, Karora Technologies is part of the Ricoh Developer Program™ (RiDP), which offers software vendors, systems integrators, value-added resellers, and in-house developers with access to the support, tools and services needed to integrate solutions with Ricoh hardware and software products.

“Karora Technologies is a welcomed addition to the Technology Alliance Program,” said Hede Nonaka, executive vice president, Ricoh Americas. “Karora focus on innovative business technology makes it an ideal partner to help Ricoh further strengthen the value of our document management and storage solutions.”

About Karora

Karora Technologies creates elegant software components and solutions – designed to help enterprises efficiently manage information, documents, applications and data by communicating between systems, offices, suppliers and business partners, through portals and on the Web. Karora Connector™ products utilize an open technology framework and offer a high degree of functionality, effortless extensibility and quick implementation. Karora Technologies is a privately held corporation serving customers across all major industries, including insurance, financial services, education, healthcare, government and manufacturing, and provides integration suites that are compatible with most popular Line of Business applications.

About Ricoh Americas Corporation
Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 72-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2007 sales in excess of $19.4 billion, a 7.3 percent increase over the previous year.

Ricoh Americas Corporation is a leading provider of document solutions. Ricoh’s fully integrated hardware and software products help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents.

Ricoh Americas Corporation directly or through its network of authorized dealers markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America.

Information about Ricoh's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.ricoh-usa.com.
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Contacts:Linda MontefuscoJessy Trejo
Ricoh Americas Corporation
973-882-2172212-931-6134
linda.montefusco@ricoh-usa.comjtrejo@peppercom.com
 

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