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Brainware Distiller as a Service (DaaS) Now Available, Boosts Productivity More Than 700%

Monday, May 14, 2012

Brainware Distiller as a Service (DaaS) Now Available, Boosts Productivity More Than 700%09:00 EDT Monday, May 14, 2012Distiller on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Azure Provides Robust, Reliable Delivery for Intelligent Data CaptureASHBURN, Va., May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Brainware announced today the release of Brainware Distiller as a Service (DaaS).  In recent beta testing, SBA Communications, a leading U.S.-based owner and operator of wireless communications towers, boosted productivity in the processing of utility invoices by more than 700% with DaaS.  DaaS is a cloud-based version of the Brainware Distiller platform for template-free classification, extraction and processing of unstructured data, hosted on Microsoft Azure.(Logo: )Without DaaS, SBA required up to six employees to process roughly 600 utility invoices each day into the company's Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP system.  The majority of these documents, when scanned, were third generation, poor quality images including stamps, handwriting and other obstructions inherent to the manual processing of paper documents.  Brainware DaaS provided SBA with the ability to process more than 700 such scanned invoices daily, with a single data entry clerk handling exceptions and additional field data entry."We were extremely impressed by Distiller's capabilities and the impact that Distiller had on reducing data entry workload in accounts payable," said Jorge Grau, CIO at SBA Communications.  "Brainware demonstrated an unprecedented ability to locate and validate invoice data based on the content of the document.  The fact that we don't need to set up or manage software and IT infrastructure and can use the product as a service made it extremely attractive to us.""This technology would allow us to re-purpose most of our end-users away from the data entry process and towards other areas within the organization," added Grau."Automating with Distiller offers remarkable efficiency in terms of processing document-based data, in this case enabling one data processing clerk to do the same amount of work that would have previously required seven or more to complete," said Carl E. Mergele, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Brainware.  "In bringing Distiller technology to the cloud, we chose to work with Microsoft due to their reputation for product reliability, considerable experience in product development and meeting the needs of enterprise IT, exhaustive partner ecosystem, and available resources for optimizing our products' functionality for users."  "Creating new and diverse ways to bring intelligent data capture to financial operations professionals will enable companies to make slow, error-prone manual data entry routines a thing of the past, and world-class productivity a staple of their future," added Mergele.Brian Goldfarb, Director of Windows Azure Product Marketing at Microsoft, said, "By utilizing Windows Azure's virtually unlimited scalability, elasticity and reliability, Brainware can help its customers become more productive and efficient anywhere in the world.  Distiller is an example of an application that takes advantage of Windows Azure to help customers solve real business problems."About BrainwareBrainware, part of Perceptive Software, a Lexmark company (NYSE: LXK), is an innovative provider of intelligent data capture and enterprise search solutions that help Global 2000 companies eliminate costly manual data entry, rapidly process large volumes of documents and retrieve data from across the enterprise. Its solutions were built from the ground up to manage unstructured data without templates, exact definitions, taxonomies or indexing.  Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, Brainware maintains global sales and support operations through its North American, U.K. and European offices.  For more information, please visit Robert Zoch Public Relations Specialist Brainware 703-948-5831  SOURCE Brainware