"The State of Hawaii project dispels the notion held by many government agencies that application integration is too complex, expensive and time consuming. MITEM offers a solution that demonstrates rapid return on investment because we enable customers to reuse existing legacy assets."

Martin Fincham

VP, Marketing

MITEM


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MITEM Powers New Financial Management System for
State of Hawaii Department of Education

Statewide Deployment Completed for 284 Public and Charter Schools and 150 DOE offices

MENLO PARK, CA - July 23, 2002 - MITEM Corporation, a leading provider of legacy integration software and eBusiness solutions for Global 2000 companies and government entities, today announced that the State of Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) has successfully completed a 100% conversion to a new productivity application, called WINFMS (Windows-based Financial Management System) that is powered by MITEM's signature product, MitemView.

MitemView is used in all of the state's 284 public and charter schools and in 150 DOE offices to integrate WINFMS with legacy applications running on an IBM mainframe system. The new application consists of 8 graphical user interface (GUI) modules for processing purchase orders, payments, cash receipts, financial adjustments (budget allocation), fixed assets, inquiry, reporting and help system. In addition, the State of Hawaii Auditor's office uses MitemView to access specialized financial reports from the DOE.

"We are experiencing a heavy demand for the WINFMS application in all of our schools and offices because the system is easier to use and much faster than the EASEL screen-scraping product we used previously." states Larry Chung, data processing specialist for the DOE.

According to Chung, purchase orders represent the biggest processing demand placed on the DOE mainframe. Because the original system was slower, DOE staff and school employees were restricted to entering purchase orders on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week. Since the performance of the new system has dramatically improved, orders can now be entered anytime during business hours. The result is that the procurement cycle, from order to payment, has been shortened.

"The State of Hawaii project dispels the notion held by many government agencies that application integration is too complex, expensive and time consuming. MITEM offers a solution that demonstrates rapid return on investment because we enable customers to reuse existing legacy assets," comments Martin Fincham, vice president of marketing for MITEM.

In March of 2002 the DOE achieved 100% conversion from the EASEL-based application to the new system for all 284 schools and 150 DOE offices.

About the State of Hawaii Department of Education

The Hawaii Public School System is a statewide single school district responsible for all public schools (284) with educational programs and services in grades K-12. It provides limited preschool programs, community/adult education programs, and other programs for students with disabilities or special needs. Other programs administered by the Public School System include summer school programs and the A+ after school childcare program.
Under policies established by the Board of Education, the Superintendent is designated as the chief executive officer of the Public School System. The Superintendent appoints a leadership team composed of the Deputy Superintendent; state-level Assistant Superintendents for the Office of Business Services, Office of Human Resources, Office of Information and Telecommunication Services, and Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support; District Superintendents and Deputy District Superintendents for seven administrative school districts (four on Oahu and one each for the counties of Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai); and an Administrative Assistant.

The state-level offices (150) provide the Public School System with administrative, professional, and technical support services, while the district offices are responsible for administering the public schools within their districts and for providing support services to the schools.

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MITEM Corporation
Andy Nelson
650.323.1500
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