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Firstdoor and BNA Broaden Strategic Alliance

Companies Combine Talents to Dominate eHR Expertise

ATLANTA, GA – May 6, 2003 - Firstdoor, a leading supplier of Human Resources knowledge solutions, and BNA, Inc. (The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.), the foremost professional publisher of legal and regulatory compliance information, announced today that they have broadened their strategic partnership to integrate more professional content to the HR AnswerSource knowledgebase platform.

Firstdoor and BNA entered a long-term strategic partnership to co-create HR AnswerSource in November 2001. The partnership has created a family of online HR information products that are offered as customized ASP solutions.

“BNA’s decision to add specialized compensation and benefits information underlines the success of our partnership with America’s leading legal and professional publisher,” says Gene Schutt, president and CEO of Firstdoor. “The addition of this important content to the HR AnswerSource knowledge platform allows us to deliver even more value to our clients . In May, we will launch a new high-end product, Professional Advisor, for the professional service provider market that needs everything available about Comp & Benefits.”

Firstdoor’s innovative technology enables tight integration between BNA’s authoritative information and our clients’ enterprise systems and provides extensive client control over user access and role management. It also allows clients to leverage HR AnswerSource as a knowledgebase by adding proprietary content, and provides system usage reporting and collaboration tools.

The technology increases productivity and improves customer service through faster access to information and quicker response times. Users can better leverage their staff without worrying that work overload is leading to risky or inadequate decisions, which improves risk management. Additionally, the technology will increase intellectual capital and complement eLearning initiatives by warehousing knowledge and providing information on-demand.

"Firstdoor's technology provides excellent capabilities to deliver customized content solutions for both mid-market and Fortune 1000 customers," said Darren McKewen, executive editor of BNA's human resources publications.

About Firstdoor

Firstdoor is a leading supplier of HR and Benefits knowledge solutions. Firstdoor's unique technology integrates premium content from leading publishers, like BNA, Inc., and customer information, into a single knowledge communication system, putting tools in the hands of our partners and customers to configure the system. Users gain easy access to critical information, while organizations benefit from more consistent decisions on compliance issues, resulting in reduced risks and costs. The privately held company is located in Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit

About BNA, Inc.

Founded in 1929, BNA is an independent publisher and the largest pblisher of nonpartisan news and information in Washington, D.C. Drawing on the expertise of more than 600 editors, reporters, and domestic and international correspondents, BNA publications are recognized for their in-depth, unbiased reporting. BNA has approximately 1,600 employees and is the oldest wholly employee-owned company in the United States. For more information about BNA, see


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