Hitachi Capital Selects Mediasurface

STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 6, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Leading content management provider Mediasurface (LSE:MSR) has announced that it has been selected by Hitachi Capital (LSE:HCU) to provide its innovative CMS software and services as part of its e-commerce program.

Following a thorough investigation of the CMS market, Hitachi Capital, a leading independent finance house who is listed on the London Stock Exchange, selected Mediasurface as its strategic partner for web content and document management. The Mediasurface solution will power all of its online operations including the corporate Internet web site at, several business partner extranets, and its 500-user company Intranet.

Hitachi Capital purchased Mediasurface 5.2 and Morello as a corporate solution to provide enterprise-wide benefits.

James Woodward, e-commerce manager at Hitachi Capital said, "Morello will enable us to significantly benefit from the reuse of online information across the group and help maintain brand consistency in all of our B2B and B2C online marketing activities. The solution will also help to empower users within non-technical business disciplines, such as marketing and PR to manage content themselves, reducing their reliance on the company's IT resources."

The company is looking forward to a host of other gains, including improved internal communications between its separate business divisions and U.K. and Ireland offices, better management of its online business partnerships, and enhanced customer self-service. The solution will help drive its e-commerce program to the next level and increase its portfolio of services. It will also help to ensure that the company's online operations and processes fully comply with market regulation and legislations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, in addition to accuracy and consistency of brand.

Nick Smee, sales director at Mediasurface said, "We are proud to be working with such a high profile organization. Hitachi Capital has a strong vision for their online strategy, and we look forward to working with them towards their goal. This exciting project is further recognition of the excellent work Mediasurface has undertaken within this sector in recent years."

About Hitachi Capital

Hitachi Capital provides a carefully selected range of high quality financial and insurance products that can be tailored to both business and personal customers.

Within our five main business areas -- business finance, consumer finance, credit management, insurance services, and vehicle solutions -- we offer our business partners and their customers a wide range of financing options to support the purchase of a range of consumer goods and specialist business equipment. You benefit from the specialist knowledge of the business area you are dealing with together with the product range, resources, and knowledge of the whole group.

About Mediasurface

Mediasurface empowers the business user to build and manage sophisticated content-driven websites. By providing business users with easy to use software that combines an interactive, graphical look and feel with industrial strength technology, Mediasurface enables them to regain complete ownership of their sites. This removes the burden of continually maintaining and updating sites from IT departments, allowing them to refocus on their core task of adding real business value.

Mediasurface helps organizations reduce the risks and costs involved in building and running websites and other digital channels. It increases their ability to keep pace with change and assures the quality of the content published.

An AIM listed company headquartered in Newbury, U.K., with offices in the U.S. and the Netherlands, Mediasurface products and services have been implemented to drive hundreds of web applications solutions for customers across the United States and Europe.

Mediasurface North America, based in Stamford, Conn., provides content management software for a host of North American companies, including ESPN, World Wrestling Entertainment, SSA Global, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Thompson Scientific, College of the Holy Cross, Ingersoll-Rand Company, Assurant, Extend Media, and Oxford University Press.

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