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9 September 1998

PLATINUM unites visual computing leaders Cosmo Software and
Intervista Software

With the addition of the technology and talent from Cosmo
Software and Intervista Software, PLATINUM technology, today
announced it has accelerated its plan to deliver powerful
enterprise computing solutions with 3D visualisation.
PLATINUM has now significantly enhanced its Web-enabled
3D-technology development with the addition of these
visual-computing experts. Earlier this year, PLATINUM
announced that its 3D software shipped with Microsoft
Windows 98*.

"With this powerful team now part of PLATINUM, the company
will drive advances in Internet and visualisation
technology, which will transform the way the world conducts
business, experiences information and interacts with
computers," said Andrew "Flip" Filipowski, president and CEO
of PLATINUM. "PLATINUM is at the forefront of this market to
help business users better visualise complex processes and
analyze vast quantities of information. By assembling
award-winning products, and the world's top consultants and
thought-leaders that are defining this market, PLATINUM has
achieved critical mass to take 3D to the business community.
PLATINUM will dramatically impact the way business users
experience information, and lead the Process and Information
Visualisation Technology (PIVT) market."

In addition to advancing development of PLATINUM's
enterprise computing solutions that leverage 3D, PLATINUM is
committed to fully supporting the adoption of open visual
computing applications and standards such as the Virtual
Reality Modeling Language (VRML). The company plans to
extend its visual computing product line by continuing to
develop and support products it has acquired from Cosmo and
Intervista. As rapidly as possible, PLATINUM plans to
consolidate the product line to provide a sophisticated yet
easy-to-use authoring environment along with a single web
browser plug-in based on open standards. In addition,
PLATINUM plans to offer a developer's kit for customers to
enable their existing applications with 3D-visualisation
technology. PLATINUM anticipates this will accelerate
widespread adoption of Web-enabled 3D content and software
applications. PLATINUM continues to demonstrate strong
momentum in delivering 3D visualisation technology. Among
its milestones: · In April, Intel began demonstrating
PLATINUM's 3D software to illustrate the power of the new
Pentium II microprocessors. In June, PLATINUM added
Intervista, a provider of Web-enabled 3D technology,
including the leading web browser plug-in for viewing 3D
content (WorldView) to its arsenal of visualisation
solutions. Microsoft began shipping in June PLATINUM's 3D
software with Windows 98 and Internet Explorer. · At its
worldwide user conference in July, PLATINUM demonstrated an
enterprise-class decision support solution (Forest & Trees)
leveraging 3D-visualisation technology. · In September,
PLATINUM integrated the talent and technology of Cosmo, a
unit of Silicon Graphics, Inc. that provides award winning
3D software and services for the Internet. Silicon Graphics
Inc. will continue to support the existing IRIX® versions of
the Cosmo product line: Cosmo Code, Cosmo Worlds, Cosmo
Player and Cosmo Create. For details on engaging support for
these IRIX-based products, users should point their browsers

"As IT's role in providing businesses with competitive
advantage grows, the way in which business users interface
with technology is becoming a major concern," said Steve
Garone, research director for International Data Corp.
"PLATINUM has quickly attained a leadership position in this
area by gathering key visualisation technology and talent,
and applying these to its solutions for decision-support and
IT infrastructure management. These solutions combine the
power of enterprise-class software with easy-to-use, highly
intuitive interfaces."

PLATINUM's Visual Computing Strategy PLATINUM plans to
improve and consolidate its line of visual computing
products, sustain and advance open standards for
visualization technology, and apply 3D visualisation to IT
infrastructure management products. This 3D software will
help customers visualise complex processes and more easily
manage vast quantities of information. As a result,
customers will increase service levels and competitive
advantage by leveraging more intuitive, multidimensional
solutions. To view examples of business applications
leveraging 3D visualisation technology, visit

About PLATINUM technology PLATINUM technology,headquartered
in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, had 1997 revenues of $739
million. PLATINUM provides software and services that help
IT organisations manage and improve the IT infrastructure.
Solutions include database and systems management, data
warehousing and decision support, application lifecycle,
Internet commerce, and Year 2000 reengineering. For
information visit

* PLATINUM WorldView technology is pre-installed in the OEM
version of Microsoft Windows 98 via Microsoft Internet
Explorer. The WorldView technology is available as an
optional installation for the retail version of Windows 98.

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