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Independent guide in response to Web Services "mixed messaging"

Wokingham, 8 July 2002: Attachmate, the ebusiness integration solutions
provider, and the leading UK analyst, Quocirca, today published the UK's
first free guide offering IT and business decision makers in-depth strategic
advice on 'Practical Approaches to the use of Web Services'. Available in
hard copy or for download from the two companies' web sites, the
independently written guide offers a fresh alternative to businesses trying
to negotiate the mixed messaging surrounding the Web Services marketplace.

In a deliberate move to provide genuinely impartial information, the guide
sheds light on, and tackles the numerous practical and technical processes a
business ought to take when considering the Web Services dynamic. Of major
benefit, the guide also includes a checklist allowing companies' to audit
their business model to ascertain whether they have a real need to implement
a Web Services strategy.

In defining the Web Services model, Attachmate and Quocirca's guide responds
to the issues both vendor and analyst have faced from the IT and business
communities, including:

* What Web Services can and can't offer the enterprise

* Whether Web Services are the next IT 'fad' and should they be taken

* How to implement a Web Service - internally and externally with new
or existing legacy systems

* Enterprise Application Integration - vs - Web Services: the
considerations to take

* What businesses should really be looking for in a Web Service

Michael Jensen, Area Director for Attachmate states:

"With the huge amount of diverse information surrounding Web Services, we
worked with Quocirca to produce a definitive guide that focuses purely on
the business and technology issues. Purposely aimed at IT managers right
through to CTOs, 'Practical Approaches to the use of Web Services', provides
a strategic insight into the areas businesses care about most - cost and
competitive advantage." Adding: "Vendors in this space have to accept that
before promoting their products, customers need to really understand exactly
what Web Services are as well as what they offer."

Clive Longbottom, analyst at Quocirca adds:

"Our involvement with Attachmate was to pinpoint and address the precise
issues that end users want the most guidance on, based on our joint
experiences. Currently, there are a lot of different views being expressed
by vendors as to which companies' technology and strategy is the right
choice. This guide is only about the technology - not the products - and to
that end, we feel that businesses confused by Web Services will now be able
to improve their understanding and judge whether or not the technology fits
in today or tomorrow's IT strategy for their company."

'Practical Approaches to the use of Web Services' is FREE to download from
the Attachmate website:,1012,3918_24,00.html

Hard copies of the guide can be requested on 0118 989 5600.

Contact details:

Anna Joanes
Tel: 0118 912 4000


James Russell / Aurélie Leonard
Éclat Marketing
Tel: 0118 989 5600


About Attachmate

Attachmate is a leading supplier of business integration solutions.
Creating Web Services from existing Legacy based applications running on
IBM, Unisys, DEC and UNIX systems.

Converting legacy-native formats to and from XML with wholly non-invasive
interaction with the back office, Attachmate's Java-based Smart Connectors®
only focus on the transaction requirements for ebusiness projects. With
total interoperability with other EAI technologies, Attachmate's Smart
Connectors offer Corporates freedom of component choice for integration
projects and allow a bespoke integration solution rather than an
"off-the-shelf" alternative.

Current clients include: Stockport NHS Trust, egg; Shearings Holidays,
Surrey and Cheshire County Council, British Airways, Centrica. For more
information about Attachmate® solutions, contact Attachmate UK headquarters
in Wokingham, Berkshire, at either (0118) 912 4000 or .

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