NetSimplicity Announces Integration With PolyVision’s RoomWizard Room Scheduling System

NetSimplicity Announces Integration With PolyVision’s RoomWizard Room Scheduling System

Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

AUSTIN, Texas & ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 21, 2004

NetSimplicity, a leading provider of scheduling software, along with PolyVision, the worldwide leader in visual communication products and a Steelcase (NYSE:SCS) Company, today announced the integration of NetSimplicity’s Meeting Room Manager(tm) (MRM) and PolyVision’s RoomWizard(tm) Room Scheduling System, which will streamline conference room scheduling in corporate environments.

With this integration, users can either book rooms from their desktops via MRM or directly from the RoomWizard flat-screen interactive display panels located outside of each conference room. Users can quickly identify occupied and available rooms by a red or green light on the RoomWizard panel screen, check a room’s schedule for the day and claim a room using the touch screen. Room bookings are reflected in the MRM and on the RoomWizard display panels for all room users to see. This integration enables organizations to keep impromptu and planned room use in sync, and avoid double bookings and conflicts.

“We’re pleased to announce this exciting integration,” said James Dean, vice president of development at NetSimplicity, a division of Forgent (Nasdaq:FORG). “Through the RoomWizard synchronization, corporate users will now be able to schedule all aspects of meetings from their network, over the Web or from RoomWizard touch screens. They will also have a constant visual interface at the door of every meeting room that is updated in real-time by Meeting Room Manager giving them immediate insight into room availability.”

“The integration of Room Wizard with Meeting Room Manager brings additional functionality and value to customers,” said Mike Dunn, president and CEO of PolyVision. “The combined product provides a true walk-up-and-use experience for customers. Minimal training is required, so customers’ first use will inspire them to use it again and again, which will in turn, increase meeting room efficiency and save companies valuable time. We’re excited at the opportunities this relationship will open for PolyVision and NetSimplicity.”

“Meeting Room Manager’s easy-to-use interface combined with RoomWizard’s visual signage system offers a compelling solution for our organization,” said Janet Chen, senior analyst, Corporate Facilities at Computer Associates. “We’re able to schedule meetings more effectively, and eliminate double bookings and scheduling conflicts, resulting in more efficient use of our rooms.”

Meeting Room Manager’s RoomWizard Module is available for purchase on NetSimplicity’s Web site immediately, as an add-on module to Meeting Room Manager 2004. For more information please visit

Meeting Room Manager enables users to automate the entire reservation process, from reserving meeting rooms, requesting food and equipment, and sending invitations, to detailed analysis reporting. With Meeting Room Manager’s straightforward installation and easy-to-use interface, users are immediately able to recognize the benefits of efficient room scheduling.

About NetSimplicity

NetSimplicity provides a spectrum of scheduling software that enables all sizes of organizations to streamline the scheduling of rooms and meetings. The company’s offerings include Meeting Room Manager, which provides Web-based room scheduling capabilities and ALLIANCE, which provides unified scheduling of all meeting logistics through corporate calendaring platforms Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes. For additional information, visit NetSimplicity is a division of Forgent.

About PolyVision

PolyVision enhances the way people learn, work and communicate visually through a broad portfolio of products. Since 1954, PolyVision has focused on creating products and services that inspire users to be more productive, effective and creative when collaborating and communicating. Whether it is developing the world’s number one selling P3 ceramicsteel(tm) surface, or creating the industry’s first walk-up-and-use interactive whiteboard, PolyVision has an unparalleled track record of new breakthroughs in the visual communication market. Acquired by Steelcase Inc. in November 2001, PolyVision is now a member of the Steelcase Design Partnership (SDP). SDP is a collection of independent companies unified in their commitment to workplace effectiveness through design innovation. For more information, visit

About Steelcase Inc.

Steelcase Inc. helps individuals to work more effectively and organizations to work more efficiently by providing products, services, information and expertise to create work environments that integrate architecture, furniture and technology. Founded in 1912 and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., the company has led the global office furniture industry in sales every year since 1974. Its product portfolio includes interior architectural products, furniture systems, technology products, seating, lighting, storage and related products and services. Fiscal 2004 revenue was approximately $2.35 billion. Steelcase Inc. and its subsidiaries have dealers in more than 900 locations, manufacturing facilities in over 50 locations and approximately 14,000 employees around the world. The company’s Class A Common Stock trades on the NYSE under the symbol SCS. For more information, visit

“RoomWizard” is a trademark of Steelcase Inc.

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