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IBM AS/400 Users Harness the Power of DB2 Universal Database

Advanced Database Technology Extended to AS/400 Market; Features for e-business and Business Intelligence Enhanced

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SOMERS, NY - 09 Feb 1999: -- IBM today announced DB2* Universal Database for AS/400*, bringing the advanced capabilities of its award-winning database software to the more than 20 million users of the AS/400 business computing system.

With this latest offering, AS/400 customers can use the power of DB2 Universal Database to manage and analyze multimedia content, support sophisticated business intelligence solutions, and streamline their traditional and e-business applications. IBM is the only database vendor to provide complete data management solutions for the highly popular AS/400 operating system, in addition to 21 other user platforms scaling from the laptop to the enterprise.

"DB2 Universal Database for AS/400 is fantastic," said Joe Crenshaw, vice president of Information Systems at The Sports Authority -- one of the world's largest, full-line sporting goods retailers. "It has allowed us to get our warehouse environment up and running rapidly and provides users with the flexibility to do their own analyses without I/S involvement. We simply could not find this level of performance and scalability on other platforms."

To further extend the business intelligence options for AS/400 customers, IBM is partnering with ShowCase Corporation to deliver new online analytical processing (OLAP) and data warehousing tools later this year. ShowCase is a leading provider of data warehousing solutions for the AS/400.

"IBM's goal is to provide customers with the best solutions on the platforms of their choice, letting them take advantage of their existing applications, infrastructure and skills," said Janet Perna, general manager, data management, IBM Software Solutions. "As businesses of all sizes are seeing the benefits of e-business and business intelligence, IBM's delivery of DB2 Universal Database for AS/400, combined with the ShowCase partnership, gives AS/400 customers the flexibility to adapt their software to their business needs -- rather than the other way around."

The Database for e-business
To run a competitive business, a company requires a Web-ready, scalable database that can be accessed by users at any time -- a solution IBM provides with DB2 Universal Database for AS/400. With the ability to manage complex data types, DB2 Universal Database for AS/400 can link vital corporate information to the Web for companies looking to streamline their business processes.

In addition, DB2 Universal Database features enhanced Java support and integration with the Standard Edition of IBM's WebSphere Application Server - allowing developers to deploy a range of dynamic e-business applications. Integration with IBM's Net.Data enables any Web-based application to have dynamic access to information managed by DB2 through easy-to-use Web browsers.

The Database for Business Intelligence
DB2 Universal Database for AS/400 extends IBM's business intelligence solutions to the world's most popular multi-user business computing system. Now this community can tap into IBM's comprehensive business intelligence portfolio to access, analyze and disseminate corporate data for improved decision-making. This allows them to identify new markets, retain loyal customers, and improve profitability, among other benefits. More than 15,000 companies which use AS/400 servers are already implementing business intelligence solutions -- utilizing their existing skills and the proven, stable, low-risk platform.

DB2 Universal Database for AS/400 dramatically increases scalability, making it the foundation for business intelligence solutions ranging from data marts to very large data warehouses. In addition, query capabilities, performance, backup recovery and loading have been enhanced to speed business intelligence applications and improve manageability.

IBM and ShowCase Corporation
Through an agreement with ShowCase, IBM enhances its business intelligence offerings for small and medium sized companies and addresses the expanding needs of existing AS/400 customers. As part of a technology licensing agreement, ShowCase will develop an AS/400 version of the DB2 OLAP Server which will become an IBM-branded solution, enabling users to access and analyze information in dynamic new ways for proactive decision making. IBM also resells Showcase's Essbase/400 offering. Both the DB2 OLAP Server and Essbase/400 are based on Hyperion Essbase from Hyperion Solutions Corporation.

IBM delivers Visual Warehouse* to help customers build and manage data warehouses. Under the agreement with ShowCase, IBM will also license products to extend IBM's current offerings to meet entry-level data warehousing needs. IBM will partner with ShowCase to provide worldwide technical support to customers for these solutions.

Together, these announcements -- along with other AS/400 offerings such as Intelligent Miner, DataPropagator and DB2 DataJoiner -- enable IBM to deliver business intelligence solutions across a range of platforms. This gives customers and business partners the flexibility to develop common applications which can be deployed across diverse environments found in many enterprises.

Availability
DB2 Universal Database for AS/400 is currently in beta and will be generally available in the second quarter of 1999. IBM's business intelligence solutions are targeted for availability in the second half of 1999. IBM can currently resell ShowCase's business intelligence products. Pricing for IBM products will be announced at the time of general availability. For additional details, please visit http://www.software.ibm.com/data.

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