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BAT Australasia Selects Agreon to Implement M-Tech Identity Management Suite to Provision Users Across Six Countries

M-Tech and Agreon to Provide Consolidates User Provisioning and Identity Management Services for Geographically Remote Divisions of BAT Australasia

Calgary, AB - June 2, 2004 - M-Tech Information Technology, Inc., a leading provider of identity management solutions together with Agreon, a leading Australian systems integrator exclusively focused on identity management, today announced that the Australian division of British American Tobacco (BAT) has implemented the M-Tech Identity Management Suite (Hitachi ID Management Suite) to provide complete identity life cycle management services across multiple divisions and countries. BAT Australasia is deploying M-Tech's user provisioning and password management solutions to provide centralized, secure user access to corporate systems and applications in an efficient way to provide cost savings for the company.

Agreon leveraged M-Tech's comprehensive identity management capabilities, delivering to BAT Australasia a tailored solution that automates and streamlines its user provisioning process to over 20 systems throughout 6 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Western Samoa.

According to Danny Shamali, technology manager with BAT Australasia, "Hitachi ID Management Suite will reduce the time required for new user account creation and account changes from days to minutes, as well as improving our process of managing passwords by providing self-service tools to reset lost or expired passwords and transparent synchronization. The ability to centralize the administration and provide self-service tools for end-users was also important given our geographically remote locations."

According to Brian Brannigan, managing director at M-Tech's Australian partner Agreon, "With broad stakeholder involvement throughout, BAT shared our commitment to achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction when delivering enhanced turnkey identity management solutions. M-Tech's comprehensive suite allows the team to focus on tailoring and simplifying the user interface and approval workflows; ultimately protecting the users from the inherent complexity."

"Deploying M-Tech's solution at BAT Australasia demonstrates how complex and geographically diverse IT operations can be streamlined and centralized, while ensuring efficient service to users and maintaining corporate compliance requirements," said Robert Miller, vice president marketing at M-Tech. "M-Tech is committed to delivering to the market a complete and flexible identity management solution demonstrated through extensive functionality, successful customer deployments and world-class service and support."

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.

About Agreon

Agreon is Australia's leading independent systems integrator with a sole focus on Identity Management. Headquartered in Sydney and with an enviable history of client satisfaction, Agreon's unique blend of systems integration, security and business process experience assists many of Australia's largest customers realize the potential of end-to-end Identity Management implementations. For more information on Agreon and its products, please visit www.agreon.com.au or call +612 9979 1602.

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

Agreon Contact
Janet McCallum
+612 9979 1602
janet.mccallum@agreon.com.au

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