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Software AG’s Natural allows Development in Windows and deployment on Mainframes

Bracknell, UK, December 07, 2001: Software AG, Europe’s largest systems software company, today announced the release of the latest version of its highly successful development environment, Natural. With the pervasion of e-business and the World Wide Web, mainframes are experiencing a renaissance. To be able to enjoy the full benefits of these computer systems, users and developers need expanded functionality and direct integration with the Web. Through HTTP support, Natural Version 5™ for Windows enables development of mainframe applications for the Web and processing of XML documents. Development takes place in Windows, and the finished application can then be deployed on various operating systems.

Natural’s new XML toolkit allows applications to translate these XML documents to and from Natural source code. This feature gives organisations that already employ Natural a convenient tool with which to process XML data using existing applications and to store information from these applications in XML format. Data from Natural applications can be represented on a Web browser. Moreover Natural's support for HTTP means Natural applications can communicate with the Internet and any business partner that employs this protocol.

An organisation that develops its applications on a mainframe can put them on the Internet and utilise XML documents for communication. There is no need to retrofit the applications with other tools, since the applications have been created specifically with the Web in mind. As a result, Web application development becomes both faster and cheaper.

With the conversion to and from Natural, integration with existing Natural-based applications is an option. Geoff Cooke, UK & Ireland Country Manager, Software AG, says, “The XML toolkit is essential to our strategy of adopting XML functionality as an integral part of Natural. In the future, Natural will also enable direct access to XML databases such as Tamino® XML Server.”

Natural Version 5 for Windows allows programmers to develop any application in Windows and to deploy it in different operating systems. Natural is the ‘Single Point of Development’ for all applications in an organisation. Developers can employ the economical Windows platform to complete their work, while other enterprise-wide platforms can be used solely for productive operation. Natural's access to platforms, such as the mainframe, is enabled by the Natural Development Server plug-in for OS/390.

The new Natural Version 5 and the Natural Development Server plug-In for OS/390 are available now. Integration functionality for other operating systems will follow.

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, 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 B!
racknell and Derby. More information at

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: 01962 888100,
Fax: 01962 888125,

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