Sun Life Financial Selects VeniceBridge for Content Integration

Charlotte, N.C., October 28, 2002 � Venetica, the leading provider of content integration software, today announced that the U.S. operations of Sun Life Financial has selected VeniceBridge� for content integration.

Having made an investment in multiple document repositories, Sun Life Financial required an integration platform that could provide consistent, bi-directional access to these underlying systems while supporting Sun Life Financial�s J2EE technology standards. Sun Life Financial�s new business, underwriting, and retirement services groups have large amounts of policy related documents in PDF, TIFF and Word document formats that needed to be accessed and shared with users both inside and outside their four walls.

“We chose Venetica because they were able to simplify the process of integrating our document management systems with J2EE applications,” said Jeffrey Bienkowski, Director, E-Business, Sun Life Financial. “This is our second VeniceBridge implementation and we are very satisfied with the product and the level of technical support provided by Venetica.”

“Now more than ever, companies want to save money on application development and integration. In this case, we were able to help Sun Life Financial take existing content in different repositories and make it readily available to a wide array of users both inside and outside the company through a single interface,” said Stuart Levinson, president and CEO, Venetica. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Sun Life Financial again as they make VeniceBridge their standard for content integration.”

Universal Access to Content

Sun Life Financial was looking for a solution that would allow both internal users and external customers to access documents, based on policy and permission information, residing in multiple document repositories. After accessing a policy, users of the system are presented with a list of supporting documents and images that provides a consolidated view of their policy information. VeniceBridge was selected to provide a single interface to address this need. Due to the broad scope of this implementation, Sun Life Financial required a solution that was fault tolerant, highly scalable, and compliant with their J2EE enterprise technology standards. Other technology challenges included the need to deliver documents and images to external customers. Where document formats such as PDF were not available, VeniceBridge provided the capability to convert documents and images on-the-fly into browser-ready formats so that special viewing software was not required.

About Sun Life

Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of wealth accumulation and protection products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Tracing its roots back to 1871, Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China and Bermuda. As of June 30, 2002, the Sun Life Financial group of companies has pro forma assets under management of $244 billion.

Sun Life Financial Services of Canada Inc. trades on the New York (NYSE), Toronto (TSX) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under ticker symbol “SLC.”

About Venetica

Venetica is the leading provider of content integration software. The company�s flagship product, VeniceBridge�, provides the infrastructure and tools that portals, web content management, collaborative applications, customer relationship management and other key applications use to access and exchange content throughout the enterprise and among trading partners. At the heart of VeniceBridge is a single, bi-directional interface that enables an application to quickly integrate with the multiple, disparate repositories that store documents, images, reports, rich media and other relevant content. VeniceBridge can then associate that content with a business process or topic, or deliver and exchange the content with other applications in real-time. Venetica partners with leading software vendors and system integrators in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region to deliver solutions around the world. For more information on Venetica please visit