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M-Tech Standardizes Password Management for Best Buy

P-Synch, Part of the M-Tech Identity Management Suite, Deployed for Automated Password Management for More Than 90,000 Best Buy Users Worldwide

Calgary, AB - March 10, 2004 - M-Tech Information Technology, Inc., a leading provider of identity management solutions, today announced that Best Buy Co., Inc., North America's number one specialty retailer, has deployed P-Synch for password management to over 90,000 users worldwide. As part of the M-Tech Identity Management Suite, P-Synch provides substantial operational efficiencies for Best Buy's IT organization by synchronizing user passwords across multiple systems, enhancing corporate security and delivering improved user productivity.

P-Synch was selected by Best Buy because of its comprehensive functionality and extensive pre-built integrations that allowed for easy connections to all of the retailer's target systems. Implementing P-Synch's transparent synchronization capabilities allowed Best Buy employees to access multiple systems with just one password while eliminating major workloads for the networking group. Employees also are able to reset their own passwords via self-service, eliminating the need for assistance from the help desk.

"Our criteria required a proven, powerful password management solution that could easily scale to our large user base, remove the password problem traffic from our help desk and be simple for our employees to use," said Cameron Kracke, product capability manager, Best Buy Co, Inc. "M-Tech provided the only solution that met all of our needs plus it was rapidly deployable with pre-built connectors to support all our environments from desktop systems, applications through to mainframes."

"It is a strong endorsement that Best Buy chose M-Tech's solution for their password management needs, based on the strengths of our technology after evaluating other vendors," said Robert Miller, vice president marketing at M-Tech. "M-Tech was recommended by our partner Syntegra, after Best Buy was unable to meet their password management requirements with a competing solution."

About M-Tech Information Technology, Inc.

M-Tech is a leading provider of identity management solutions for the enterprise. The M-Tech Identity Management Suite combines ID-Synch for user provisioning, P-Synch for password management, ID-Access for self-service resource access and Hitachi ID Automated Discovery for account clean-up and reconciliation. Combined, these products offer a comprehensive identity management solution for mid-sized organizations to global enterprises. M-Tech is the only identity management software vendor to consistently prove an ROI in three to six months.

M-Tech's customers include Avon, Bank of America, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cisco, eBay, Ford Motor Company, Intel, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Merck MetLife, NCR Corporation, Pfizer, Pitney Bowes, Sears, Shell, Symantec, Wells Fargo and many more.. For more information on M-Tech and its products, please visit Hitachi-ID.com or call 1.403.233.0740.

M-Tech Contact

Dawn Mallyon
VP Marketing
Hitachi ID Systems, Inc.
500, 1401 1st Street S.E
Calgary, AB T2G 2J3
1.403.233.0740 ext. 324
dawn_mallyon@Hitachi-ID.com

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