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Bell and Howell Revolutionizes Field Service Delivery with Progress


Award-winning service organization uses Progress Kinvey
high-productivity application platform to mobile-enable field service
delivery and reduce SAP data access time to milliseconds

(NASDAQ:PRGS), the leading provider of application development and
digital experience technologies, today announced that Bell
and Howell
, a leading next-generation services and solutions
organization, has leveraged the Progress® Kinvey™ high-productivity
application platform to launch a new mobile app for field service
technicians to easily access large SAP data sets to deliver the high
speed, performance and accuracy of information its mobile workforce

Boasting a rich history and expertise in mechatronics and workflow
efficiency, Bell and Howell delivers comprehensive automation solutions
in retail click-and-collect, pharmaceutical factory intelligence,
production mail, consumer packaging automation and omnichannel
communication. With more than 700 service personnel deployed throughout
North America and Canada, field productivity is critical to their

Bell and Howell was an early leader in mobile app development, launching
its first mobile app in 2004. However, as the mobile landscape has
evolved, the company quickly realized that it not only needed to update
its mobile app to better enable its field technicians, but had to build
out an application infrastructure that would enable users to access the
data in its SAP systems quickly and easily.

To make this vision a reality, Bell and Howell turned to Progress and
its high-productivity application platform, Kinvey, to provide
cost-effective, zero-code, configurable integration to SAP as part of
its full-featured mobile application-development platform. With
Progress, Bell and Howell has launched a modern, efficient mobile
service application and dramatically reduced SAP data access response
time from tens of seconds to milliseconds. The new application platform
has also helped the company increase the speed at which its technicians
can communicate and connect with other backend systems, call centers and

"In order to maintain our reputation as an industry-leading field
service organization, we selected Progress Kinvey to deliver faster
field access to our data-rich SAP systems," said Jim Feely, SVP Global
Business Services, Bell and Howell. "With the new mobile field service
app, our technicians are working much more effectively and efficiently."

Through the new field service mobile app technicians can view the
history of a machine, share information and images, scan parts, create
and view slow-motion videos, and – most importantly – capture true parts
history. They can also process service transactions and respond quickly
to customer requests while providing back-office operations with insight
on service delivery and productivity. Additional benefits include the
ability to determine precisely how many hours or cycles a part has been
in use and whether multiple technicians have encountered the same or
similar issues. Based on that data, the company can take preemptive
action to replace a part before it fails. The app also helps with
product tracking – locating parts in stock at other locations to
streamline the ordering and delivery process.

"Field technicians are on the front lines – their effectiveness impacts
the customer experience and the value the customer gets from the
company's products," said Dmitri Tcherevik, Chief Technology Officer,
Progress. "With Progress Kinvey high-productivity application platform,
Bell and Howell is revolutionizing the value they deliver to customers,
and the efficiency with which their field teams work."

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About Progress
Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) offers the leading platform for developing and deploying strategic
business applications. We enable customers and partners to deliver
modern, high-impact digital experiences with a fraction of the effort,
time and cost. Progress offers powerful tools for easily building
adaptive user experiences across any type of device or touchpoint,
award-winning machine learning that enables cognitive capabilities to be
a part of any application, the flexibility of a serverless cloud to
deploy modern apps, business rules, web content management, plus leading
data connectivity technology. Over 1,700 independent software vendors,
100,000 enterprise customers, and two million developers rely
on Progress to power their applications. Learn about Progress at or

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