RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N. C. - September 22, 2003. Mi-Co announced today that it is working closely with Logitech to provide enterprises with digital writing solutions based on the Logitech io Personal Digital Pen. Mi-Co announced an agreement with Logitech as a preferred software provider for the Logitech pen and is reselling the pen with its Digital Writing Package. This Package is specifically designed for Value Added Resellers in empowering their customers with digital solutions. The announcement was made at VARVision in Hollywood CA, an event held by Vision Events', a Gartner Company. Additionally, it was announced that Mi-Co is offering both general business and specialized vertical market solutions for mobile data capture applications that use Logitech's io Digital pen as the key data-capture device.
"We are truly excited about this alliance with Logitech. The combination of Logitech's market presence and leadership position in the digital writing space, the exemplary quality of the Logitech io pen, and Mi-Co's state-of-the-art data-capture technology that puts handwriting to work will have profoundly positive effects on the efficiency and effectiveness of enterprise mobile data capture," said Jim Clary, chief executive officer of Mi-Co.
"Mi-Co will help solution providers and in-house teams within the enterprise quickly develop and deploy applications for integrating data captured with a digital pen into the enterprise's information systems," said Chris Bull, general manager of digital writing at Logitech. "We're very pleased to be working closely with Mi-Co on these software solutions."
"Mi-Co has been working with Logitech on selected customer engagements over the last year," said Barrett Joyner, Mi-Co's senior vice president of sales and marketing," and this agreement will allow us to take major steps forward in meeting the needs of our customers that want non-disruptive solutions for capturing data electronically. Writing with pens is about as non-disruptive as it gets, we all grew up using them."
As part of their working relationship, Mi-Co and Logitech plan to work together on developing and marketing general business solutions in areas such as sales force automation, human resources and customer relationship management. The two companies also plan to deploy vertical applications in areas such as healthcare, government and private inspections, public safety, military operations and financial services.
Crowley ID, a Value Added Reseller of the Mi-Forms Software System for more than 12 months, recently participated in Mi-Co's VAR training on building and deploying form-based applications with the Logitech io Personal Digital Pen. Wayne Peck, a participant from Crowley ID states, "For building and deploying form-based applications with the Logitech io pen, Mi-Co has structured a rapid application development environment as part of their Mi-Forms product line. This technology allows us to quickly deploy solutions and applications to our enterprise customers in a high quality fashion."
Greg Barnes Nelson, chief executive officer of ThotWave Technologies, a data warehouse and decision support company, is currently using the beta-test version of the sales force automation package. "I use the Logitech io pen to capture information about specific customer issues when I meet with them one on one. I take notes and fill out specific information on forms designed in Mi-Forms. When I am back at my desk, I simply dock the io pen and Mi-Forms Software sends that information to Microsoft Outlook and to my ACT! database.
"Customer and prospect information are organizational assets that are now in ThotWave's CRM system," continued Nelson. "This valuable information is no longer jotted down on the back of a napkin that gets lost on the plane. The information is in the pen and then in our systems and with that information we can serve our customers better."
Mi-Co, the mobile data capture company, provides digital writing software to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire process of capturing and using data. Mi-Co's end-to-end enterprise Mi-Forms Software System enables flexible forms design and the capture, handwriting verification and communication of forms based and free-form pen-on-paper data for enterprise users. Mi-Forms supports enterprise data capture using the Tablet PC, the Logitech io Digital Pen, Pocket PCs and signature capture devices. Mi-Co's vertical markets for Mi-Forms Software include healthcare and pharmaceuticals, public safety, and governmental services, and Mi-Co has a growing number of customers in these segments. Mi-Co is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. For more information on Mi-Co, visit www.mi-corporation.com.