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PLATINUM technology, inc. (NSDQ:PLAT) today announced the
availability of enhanced versions of nine of its
market-proven systems and database management tools. These
nine tools are the core components of PLATINUM ProVision, a
first-of-its-kind integrated systems and database management
suite that will cut the cost of managing IT infrastructures,
reduce risks, and increase productivity. ProVision tools
support heterogeneous environments and are also available
for Microsoft Windows NT.

ProVision enables users to collaborate on problem solving,
manage distributed resources, automate critical management
processes, proactively monitor system health, and to isolate
and resolve problems before they turn critical and impact
system availability.

Current users of these nine tools are able to upgrade to
ProVision at no cost and build upon their existing
management solution on a "buy what you need" basis. Tools
included in ProVision are: - Job Management - ProVision
AutoSys - Performance Management - ProVision WireTap,
ServerVision, and DBVision - Problem Resolution - ProVision
Apriori - Software Distribution - ProVision AutoXfer -
Security - ProVision AutoSecure Access Control for UNIX
(ACX) - Database Utilities - ProVision TSreorg - Schema
Management - ProVision Enterprise DBA

"PLATINUM's integration of best-in-class tools is
transparent so that users can easily move from tool to tool
without separate logins," said Mike Mueller, senior systems
analyst at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance. "Integration
is absolutely vital, in terms of passing data from
individual tools to a central point of control. In
ProVision, AutoSys can invoke corrective UNIX actions based
on diagnostics received from DBVision. This automation means
IT managers will get fewer calls in the middle of the

As an example of the benefits from ProVision's architecture,
IT managers need tools that use performance data to
accomplish real-time workload balancing across their
enterprise. If a job does not execute on time, it costs some
organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars. With
ProVision, AutoSys reads ServerVision performance data, then
determines which server has enough resources available to
execute the job. This prevents potential problems. If a job
is sent to a server that has no available resources to
execute it, time and money are lost as the job waits.
PLATINUM's approach will deliver this important

ProVision tools share a common look and feel and include a
common set of services, POEMS (PLATINUM Open Enterprise
Management Services), that provide functional integration
across all of the tools. All ProVision tools have been
significantly enhanced including these new features:
Windows NT and 95 interfaces on all tools with one central
management console Comprehensive Windows NT support for
management of heterogeneous environments, including UNIX and
NT Common install and configuration to simplify
implementation Data store for sharing critical management
information across tools Event management functionality for
automating processes, correlating events across tools, and
automating notification through email and paging

"PLATINUM balances the importance of technological
leadership with meeting the real business needs of our
customers," said Andrew J. Filipowski, president and CEO,
PLATINUM technology, inc. "With PLATINUM ProVision, we've
taken our market leading point products and powered them
with POEMS to deliver a ‘no compromise' solution. We believe
ProVision has now changed the competitive landscape by
offering customers a ‘buy what you need' approach that helps
them more effectively align IT success with their business

enhancements, the products within ProVision continue to be
strengthened individually. Several products within ProVision
have additional new features.

AutoSys: Job Scheduling ProVision AutoSys provides
sophisticated job management capabilities for large batch
systems. ProVision AutoSys now also provides: Sophisticated
reporting on historical and real time information An easy
to use Windows interface, accessible across the enterprise
User customizable views of jobs Advance workload balancing

AutoSecure ACX: Integrated Security ProVision AutoSecure ACX
secures the UNIX operating environment by proactively
controlling who and what can access sensitive resources. It
also provides centralized security policy administration for
heterogeneous UNIX environments -- a facility enhanced in
the latest release with the introduction of a GUI interface.
Security administrators can now manage their whole UNIX
environment from a single point using a Windows
point-and-click, drag-and-drop interface.

Tsreorg: Faster Multiple Reorganisations ProVision TSreorg
maximizes availability and reliability of databases by
performing either automated or manual defragmentation and
reorganisation of tables, indexes, and entire tablespaces.
TSreorg will now enable users to run simultaneous tables and
index reorganisations. This is accomplished by allowing for
multiple table unloads (with the Fast Unload option);
multiple table loads; and multiple index builds, all at the
same time. This shortens the time needed for reorganisation
and increases data availability.

As an added benefit of the POEMS architecture, TSreorg is
now even more scaleable allowing users to simultaneously
deploy reorganisation jobs to thousands of nodes. This job
deployment technology will be used throughout ProVision,
including Enterprise DBA schema management and AutoXfer
software distribution tools.

Enterprise Performance Management ProVision DBVision,
ServerVision, and WireTap provide comprehensive database,
server and network resource management for distributed
applications. These performance management tools are now
enhanced with advanced event correlation and a completely
redesigned Windows interface. In addition, a new streamlined
agent architecture takes extensibility to a higher level.
ProVision performance management tools now support Oracle 8
and Microsoft SQL Server monitoring.

Pricing and Availability PLATINUM ProVision is available now
on a limited basis with plans for general availability by
year-end. Tools in the ProVision suite are offered
individually or as a complete solution at current point
product prices. This allows customers to buy just the tools
they need when they need them.

About PLATINUM PLATINUM technology, inc. provides a unique
set of software and services that help IT organizations work
better by improving performance and reducing the risk in
their IT infrastructures. PLATINUM's 10,000 worldwide
customers rely on the company to provide around-the-clock,
behind-the- scenes management of business-critical areas
within the IT infrastructure including data, systems, and
applications. Specific areas of IT management expertise
include database, system management, application development
support, data warehousing, decision support, and Year 2000

Founded in 1987, PLATINUM posted 1996 revenues of more than
$468 million. Headquartered in the Chicago suburb of
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, PLATINUM distributes its
products worldwide through a network of domestic and
international sales offices. Additional information about
PLATINUM technology, inc. is available via the World Wide
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