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3 October 1997

IBM ENHANCES VISUALAGE TOOLS FOR BUILDING ENTERPRISE APPLICATIONS FOR eBUSINESS











IBM is making it easier for companies to extend their
enterprise systems to public and private networks and
conduct e-business. New and enhanced VisualAge* application
development tools, announced today, speed the development of
core business applications that link directly to the Web.
With the expanded VisualAge solutions, customers can:
Visually enhance enterprise applications for such systems
as OS/390* with reusable, off-the-shelf software components
that can be downloaded from the 'Net. Use Web browsers,
such as Netscape Navigator** and Microsoft Internet
Explorer**, to view and update enterprise applications, and
manage team-based development across the VisualAge family.
Develop OS/390 applications using Windows NT**
object-oriented development environment. Develop data
models and optimize physical database designs for enterprise
systems. Coupled with IBM's recent delivery of enterprise
application development tools such as VisualAge for Java**
Enterprise and VisualAge Pacbase Version 2.0, these product
enhancements provide full lifecycle application development
support, while leveraging existing business applications and
programming skills.













"Eye-catching graphics and visuals are important elements of
e-business applications," said John Swainson, general
manager, Application Development Solutions, IBM Software
Solutions. "But if customers can't back up their web sites
with scalable, bullet-proof business applications on their
servers, they don't have a solution. VisualAge is the only
family of tools for building both graphics and server-based
applications. By developing and linking these
bet-your-business applications to the Web, VisualAge removes
the barriers to conducting e-business."

Announcement Highlights VisualAge for Smalltalk Version 4
has been enhanced to enable developers to use Windows NT, in
addition to OS/2*, as a development environment for creating
OS/390 applications. The new release also supports Lotus
Domino* applications and the messaging server, which enables
customers to easily create secure, interactive business
solutions for the Internet, extranets and corporate
intranets. IBM will begin shipping the enhanced VisualAge
for Smalltalk release on October 28. VisualAge Generator*
Version 3, available today, provides full interoperability
with VisualAge for Smalltalk. With the new version, Windows
NT and OS/2 developers can take advantage of hundreds of
pre-built, reusable Smalltalk components -- from IBM and
other vendors -- to create enterprise server applications in
a rapid application development environment.

Available components include WebConnection*, which allows
developers to extend existing applications to the Web, Lotus
Notes* parts, which enable applications to interoperate with
Lotus Notes and servers, and the expansive library of parts,
classes and tools from third-party vendors offered through
the Object Connection Program*. VisualAge Generator server
applications support HP-UX** servers, Java** clients and the
JavaBeans** component model, as well as other platforms.
While previous versions provided access to IBM DB2*, the
latest version also provides access to relational databases
from Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft and others through the Open
Database Connectivity (ODBC)** standard. VisualAge Generator
continues to provide integration with VisualAge
TeamConnection* for large-scale version control/project
management, and repository integration with other tools
including VisualAge DataAtlas*. A new release of VisualAge
DataAtlas, Version 2.5, extends data modeling and database
design capabilities to Windows NT development environments,
and also allows developers to make fast updates via
incremental changes to their models and designs. Other
enhancements include support for DB2 Universal Database and
DB2 for OS/390 V5. Customers can easily migrate their
existing data models to VisualAge DataAtlas with the help of
VisualAge Exchange*. An improved VisualAge TeamConnection,
available at no additional cost to existing TeamConnection
customers, consolidates team development support across the
VisualAge family. Customers can now manage their development
teams from a Web client, performing such functions as
tracking and reporting changes, fixes and new functions.
VisualAge TeamConnection's open architecture now supports
Microsoft's Visual Basic** and Visual C++**, and PowerSoft's
PowerBuilder**, and works with Tivoli Courier* to handle the
distribution of new software versions or releases. VisualAge
ISPF* allows ISPF programmers to take advantage of the
award-winning visual building capability of VisualAge. ISPF,
Interactive System Productivity Facility, is an OS/390-based
host program. The new product will be generally available in
the first quarter of 1998 and supplied with OS/390. Customer
Reaction Danka Office Imaging (formerly Kodak's Office
Imaging Division), the exclusive distributor of Kodak
photocopiers and related products and services worldwide,
used VisualAge Generator to develop a complex order
fulfilment system that uses Lotus Notes, IBM's MQSeries* and
IMS*, and a Windows graphical user interface for order
processing and management. "The first client/server
application moved from concept to production in just six
weeks," said Jim Cantin, systems architect at Danka Business
Systems. "Without VisualAge Generator, it would have been
impossible to develop an application of this magnitude
within such a short time. The application is used by our
customer service specialists to dynamically schedule product
manufacturing, transportation, delivery and installation of
high volume copiers, all based on the customer's preferred
date." Pricing, Availability and Platform Support The
enhanced VisualAge for Smalltalk will be generally available
on October 28. Pricing will be announced at that time.
VisualAge Generator V3, generally available today, is priced
at $6,499 per developer; server prices start at $1,499.
Certification is now available for BESTeam members.
VisualAge TeamConnection is also generally available today.
Prices range from $995 to $20,995. VisualAge DataAtlas is
available today, with prices ranging from $4,999 to $29,999.
VisualAge Exchange, also available now, is priced at
$19,999. Preview code for VisualAge ISPF can be downloaded
free of charge from the Web in November at
http://www.software.ibm.com/ad/ispf. Details on platform
support can be found in accompanying fact sheets or on the
Web at http://www.software.ibm.com/ad/. - Ends -

About IBM IBM, recently ranked the number one software
provider by Software Magazine, creates, develops and
manufactures the industry's most advanced information
technologies. IBM offers complete information about the
company, its products, services and technologies through the
World Wide Web. The fastest, easiest way to get information
about IBM Software is to go to the IBM Software home page at
http://www.software.ibm.com. IBM VisualAge was just placed
in leadership quadrants by Gartner Group Inc., a leading
information technology research and analysis firm. VisualAge
tools were selected in the Internet, enterprise and
workgroup categories.

Information on IBM's entire award-winning family of
VisualAge application development tools is available on the
web at http://www.software.ibm.com/ad/.

* Indicates trademark or registered trademark of IBM
Corporation. ** Indicates trademark or registered trademark
of respective companies.

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