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IBM, Mainsoft Announce New Technology, Global Reseller Agreement to Help Enterprise Customers Bridge Standards Divide


ARMONK, NY - 19 Nov 2007: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and business partner Mainsoft® Corporation today announced new technology and a global reseller agreement that gives enterprise IT customers tools to preserve existing development skills, easily blend Java™ and .NET technology, and provide composite applications for business users in a secure and scalable environment.

Under the agreement, IBM will sell Mainsoft's newly available .NET Extensions for WebSphere® Portal. Mainsoft's custom suite of software products enables customers to integrate Windows® SharePoint services, Microsoft® Office document libraries, SQL Server Reports, and .NET applications onto IBM WebSphere® Portal server.

"By working with Mainsoft, IBM WebSphere Portal extends its ability to serve a broad spectrum of organizations, application types, and developer skill sets with one common foundation," said Larry Bowden, IBM's vice president of portals and web interaction services. "Customers can preserve their existing Microsoft development skills, reuse existing software assets, and provide a unified experience for their end users, and now, can take advantage of the scalability, security, and robustness of the open, standards-based Java WebSphere Portal to deliver an exceptional user experience."

"Virtually all large-scale enterprises use both .NET and Java technologies to develop their enterprise applications, and by design or happenstance, they develop multiple portals for the same audience," said Yaacov Cohen, president and CEO, Mainsoft Corporation. "When this occurs, portals become information silos, aggregating only a subset of enterprise data, applications, and services. With IBM and Mainsoft, enterprises can now solve this common business issue and create high-value applications that integrate .NET assets, SharePoint contents, and Java applications seamlessly in a secure and scalable portal environment."

Solving Key Business Issues
Customers in banking, financial services, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, retail, software development, and public sector are using .NET Extensions to integrate .NET technologies into WebSphere Portal server and WebSphere Application Server, without having to reengineer .NET applications or retrain .NET developers in Java.

New customers include:

Other WebSphere Portal projects built using .NET Extensions include a virtual information service center for Belgian University Hospital Ghent and an intranet site to consolidate eight pension funds, and US$3 billion in assets for Opal Pension Funds.

About Mainsoft's .NET Extensions for WebSphere Portal
Mainsoft software is certified Optimized for Visual Studio and has also been validated as Ready for WebSphere Software. The .NET Extensions product suite includes the specific features, functionalities, and capabilities of:

Using IBM and Mainsoft's products, customers can enable existing development teams to create high value enterprise mash-ups that seamlessly integrate data and applications from all parts of their organization regardless of the technology foundation.

About Mainsoft Corporation
Mainsoft, a leading .NET-Java EE interoperability company and advanced IBM business partner, is helping more than 150 businesses deploy Windows applications natively on open systems, including WebSphere Portal, WebSphere Application Server, and UNIX and Linux operating systems.

Contact(s) information

Jennifer Clemente
IBM Software Media Relations
415/545-3230
jennic@us.ibm.com

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