IJIS Institute Cited by BusinessWeek as One of 50 Innovative Uses of Internet Technology in Business Providence, RI, December 14, 2005 —Traction Software, Inc, the leader in Enterprise Blog software for business, today announced that The Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute was selected as a BusinessWeek “WebSmart 50” organization, in the November 21, 2005 issue, based on IJIS’s deployment of Traction TeamPage™ enterprise blog technology for its Website, Partner Extranet, and Staff Intranet. You can read about the Web Smart 50 by going to:

IJIS is a membership organization representing information technology companies that provide systems, products and services to the justice community. The IJIS mission is to improve information sharing among government agencies. IJIS deployed Traction’s TeamPage™ Enterprise Blog technology as its central communications hub for the organization in early 2005. Using TeamPage, The IJIS Institute has created and implemented an interactive knowledge management intranet, available to members and other justice community participants, as well as a TeamPage-based public web site.

With over 120 participating organizations and 16 committees working on various technology issues, the IJIS Institute needed to improve the way participants communicate, report back to other members, stay abreast of developments within committees and in the industry, and collaborate to draft policies and standards. The organization was communicating “the old fashioned way”, through long e-mail threads, teleconferences, and passing around Word documents to track changes with dozens of people involved.

To that end, TeamPage enables IJIS members and committee participants to easily post articles and comments in permission-based project spaces for each committee. Posted items are published immediately and interested participants can receive daily or weekly Executive Digests in their e-mail that consolidate and summarize the previous day's new content, keeping them informed and up to date. Members can use RSS and ATOM feeds to get immediate update of new postings and subscribe to applicable industry news that may affect committee work. Committee participants can access policy and standards drafts and comment at the paragraph level, allowing leaders to quickly and much more easily assimilate comments in context and publish final documents to the member community instantly.

"With the large quantity of information needed to be shared among our members and within specific committees, it was a daunting task to keep everyone in the loop," said Paul Wormeli, Executive Director, IJIS Institute. "Traction’s solution enabled us to meet all of our collaboration requirements by providing an easy, faster way to notify members, access information and save time working together."

Creating a backbone for working communication in an enterprise, Traction’s TeamPage is the industry’s most robust and easy-to-use Enterprise Blog software. It is a dramatically more efficient and secure framework for business communication, collaboration and knowledge management. Traction’s enterprise-class blog software and user-friendly newspaper-style interface provide web-based project spaces to collect, organize, disseminate and link information. Using TeamPage, enterprises are able to add context, intelligence and dialogue to internal communications so that employees and management have real-time and accurate information to respond quickly to changes in the business environment.

About Traction Software
Traction Software has been named one of the 100 companies that matter in the digital content industry by eContent Magazine, for the second year in a row. Traction provides business and government organizations with Enterprise Blog software that allows groups and teams to communicate more effectively. Traction’s easy to use TeamPage™ software creates a secure communications hub for business information and working communications that collects, organizes, links and shares sources of information in context over time. TeamPage is used for business applications ranging from product development and project management to marketing field communication, competitive intelligence, and sales. The company distributes its products directly and through global partners. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, Traction Software is a privately held corporation with financing from investors including In-Q-Tel and Slater Interactive. For additional information, visit Traction at

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Jen Revis Snider
Red Javelin Communications, Inc.

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