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Franklin Covey takes planner system online

It expects number of users to rise to 78 million by ’03

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Franklin Covey announced Wednesday it has formed FranklinPlanner.com, a new subsidiary created to deliver the Franklin Planning System over the Internet.

FranklinPlanner.com offers a free, online personal and professional calendaring and planning solution to be used in tandem with the existing Franklin Planning System. Users may register at www.FranklinPlanner.com for the pre-release version.

The Web site will be officially launched in the fall.

FranklinPlanner.com offers customers the ability to transfer personal information, including calendar appointments, task lists and contact information, via a synchronization tool that integrates desktop software, the FranklinPlanner.com Web site, and personal digital assistants, such as Palm-connected organizers, Pocket PCs and wireless devices like phones and pagers.

Additionally, users of the traditional paper-based Franklin Planner will have access to advanced print functions that allow them to reproduce online data in a paper format.

Franklin Covey offers FranklinPlanner.com tools to other organizations and Web sites using a private-labeled "powered by Fran- klinPlanner.com" application service provider (ASP) model.

Recent projections by International Data Corporation suggest Internet-based planning tools and training applications represent the next wave of growth for personal planning and productivity tools.

The number of active users of these services is estimated to rise from an approximate 4.9 million in 1999 to 78 million in 2003.

Franklin Covey also announced the appointment of Darl McBride as president of FranklinPlanner.-com. McBride, a senior executive at Novell for eight years, founder and CEO of SolutionBank and CEO of PointServe, has been listed as one of the "Top Twenty Executives to Watch" by Computer Reseller News.