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Software AG Provides School of Computer Applications With Tamino XML Server

Bracknell, UK, November 12th, 2001: Software AG, Europe’s largest systems software company, today announced that it has donated Tamino® XML Server to the School of Computer Applications at Dublin City University. It will be used to teach XML to the 1,300 students at the largest computing department of any Irish university.

Professor Alan Smeaton, Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, DCU, says, “We have experienced a huge growth in XML at the School of Computer Applications, having gone from zero interest in XML to massive interest in just two years. So far about a dozen students have handed in XML based projects, for which they only had access to shareware tools. XML will be the key to many e-commerce and Web applications, and I think the students realise this”.

Like other academic computing departments, the School of Computer Applications at DCU has historically lacked XML support tools for teaching and urgently needed something in place for the start of the 2001/2002 academic year. In a search for XML technology, the University downloaded Software AG’s free ‘XML Starter Kit’. Designed to allow organisations to explore the possibilities of XML in business-to-business and web applications, it includes a trial version of Tamino XML Server.

Software AG has donated XML technology to the University, and offers its lecturers the support they need as Ireland’s largest university computing department. Software AG installed Tamino XML Server during the summer, ready for the start of the new academic year, so that Dublin City University could make XML available to its students

As Software AG’s business grows in Ireland it will need a supply of XML aware professionals to join its ranks, as well as those of its partners and customers. Having some of the best IT graduates in Ireland enter the industry fully understanding the capabilities of Software AG’s products can only help Tamino XML Server and EntireX maintain market leadership.

The University’s flagship computing degree is the 4-year BSc (Hons) Computer Applications, which admits 350 students every year. The School of Computer Applications, part of the faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences produces an average of 400 graduates every year.

Professor Smeaton, comments, “Software AG offered us state of the art XML tools and we gratefully accepted that offer. We will now be teaching XML in a number of modules and setting assignments in Tamino XML Server. There are 400-500 student projects every year and I am sure that a large number of these will now be done using XML.”

Geoff Cooke, Regional Manager, Software AG, says, “It is important that the next generation of graduates are familiar with XML and this is why we donated Tamino XML Server to the School of Computer Applications at Dublin City University. At Software AG we recognise that investment in people is important. We’ve got excellent products in Tamino XML Server and EntireX, but we are still only as good as our people. I look forward to welcoming some of the Dublin City University graduates to our Wicklow office in years to come”.

about XML

eXtensible Markup Language, XML, is an international standard for the interchange and storage of data. XML has a number of unique benefits: it is platform neutral and scalable, thereby providing the assurance that documents and data can be exchanged with absolute confidence. XML is self-describing, which means that data is tagged with a description of its content, making information understandable and useable when exchanged between parties. Finally, data encoded in XML is future proof and will withstand developments in software and hardware over time.

about Software AG

Software AG, Darmstadt, Germany, is Europe’s largest system software provider and a major global player offering cutting edge technology for data management and electronic business. Since 1998 the company has focused its development activities on XML products for the Internet. With some 3,500 employees and representatives in over 70 countries, Software AG expects revenues of some 600 million euros in 2001. Its distribution and technology partners include market leaders such as IBM, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard as well as innovative IT solutions providers like Extensibility, Softquad and Citrix. Software AG’s products control the central IT processes of thousands of renowned companies worldwide. Some examples of these are Lufthansa, ZDF, Dresdner Bank AG, Swiss Post, DaimlerChrysler, Deutsche Bahn AG (German Rail), BP and VIAG Interkom. Software AG is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (MDAX, Security identification number 724264 / SOWGn.F). Software AG’s UK offices are located in Bracknell and Derby.

More information at http://www.softwareag.co.uk

For more information on Software AG, please contact:

Sam zu Verl
Solutions Marketing Manager
Software AG
Tel: 01344 403 800

Richard Bennett /Tamsin Keynton
MCC International
Tel: +44 (0)1962 888100
Fax: +44 (0)1962 888125
E-mail: richard.bennett@mccint.com
tamsin.keynton@mccint.com

For more information on Dublin City University, please contact:

Eilis O’Brien
Director of Communications & Marketing
Tel: +353 1 7005217


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