e-business speeds ahead with IBM DB2 Universal Database

New Version Shipping Following Successful Beta Program

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SOMERS, NY - 30 Jul 1999: . . . IBM takes another step forward as the database leader with today's on-time delivery of DB2* Universal Database Version 6.1 -- featuring significant enhancements to help customers make the transformation to e-business. Customers, partners and analysts applaud the new version for its ability to run crucial e-business solutions including e-commerce, customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, Web self-service and business intelligence.

DB2 Universal Database, the market's #1 database, is the foundation for tens of thousands of e-business applications. With new features for easier application development, business intelligence enhancements, increased Java support, additional platform support, and administration and performance improvements, the latest release of DB2 Universal Database makes it easier than ever for customers and business partners to build and manage powerful, reliable, and scalable e-business applications. In addition, a new, simplified e-business pricing model features per processor pricing and unlimited Web access at less than a third the price of some competitors.

"e-business has moved from a novelty to a necessity in today's global business environment," said Janet Perna, general manager, data management, IBM Software Solutions. "DB2 Universal Database Version 6.1 withstands the rigors of some of the world's most traffic-intensive e-businesses with 24-hour availability and unmatched scalability."

Full Speed Ahead
Since its introduction in September 1997, DB2 Universal Database has blazed a trail of industry firsts and triggered the growth of industry trends.

-- According to both World Research, Inc. and Dataquest, IBM is the worldwide marketshare and technology leader in business intelligence and data warehousing, powered by DB2 Universal Database.

-- Based on demand from the burgeoning pervasive computing market, IBM expanded the DB2 family to support new, very small platforms -- allowing customers to extend their applications to a broader array of mobile end users.

-- Committed to delivering superior solutions on the widest range of platforms, IBM launched DB2 Universal Database for Linux - generally available on July 30. The beta version was tested by more than 50,000 developers and used behind the scenes at Wimbledon ྟ.

-- To date, DB2 Universal Database has been adopted by more than three million users worldwide.

Worldwide Customer and Business Partner Momentum
Facing heated competition in a global economy, businesses of all sizes must link their core business processes to the Web in order to work more efficiently and foster better relationships with customers. DB2 Universal Database is the core of this next generation of e-business applications. Organizations such as VIPS Healthcare, Salomon Smith Barney, Hewitt Associates, Coastal Corporation, Draper Laboratories, Gjensidige Insurance, and Humbolt University of Berlin are eager to implement the newest release of DB2 to take full advantage of e-business capabilities.

Hewitt Associates is a global management consulting firm that specializes in providing technology-intensive human resource solutions. Sandy Smith, manager of database administration, said, "DB2 Universal Database Version 6.1 will position Hewitt to accomplish strategic business goals, such as growing our Internet presence and globalizing our mission-critical benefits application. We are looking forward to new features, which will help guarantee the continuous availability of our Parallel Sysplex environment and allow us to enrich our Internet offering."

More than 2,000 industry software vendors are porting applications to DB2 Universal Database, adding to the more than 4,300 applications already developed. More than 6,500 partners -- including ManTech Systems Solutions Corporation, The Fillmore Group, ONSPEC Automation Systems, and Viador -- are using DB2 Universal Database to develop the solutions that run today's e-businesses.

Viador, a member of the IBM Solution Developer Marketing Program, is a leading developer of Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) software for e-business. Ben Connors, vice president of business development and founder of Viador, said, "DB2 Universal Database Version 6.1 is a powerful e-business solution with enhanced e-business and Java support. The Java stored procedure builder and Internet support is great for us."

Pricing and Availability
DB2 Universal Database Version 6.1 will be generally available on July 30, in 14 languages and runs on both IBM and non-IBM platforms including IBM AIX* and OS/2P, UNIX, Sun Solaris, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX, Linux, Microsoft Windows 95, Windows NT and Windows 98. In addition to these server platforms, client applications can access DB2 from Apple MacOS, Windows 3.1 and SGI Irix. It is also the only cluster proven database on the OS/390* and RS6000*.

With the new e-business pricing model, DB2 Universal Database Version 6.1 prices include:

-- Personal Edition -- $369, single user -- Workgroup Edition -- $999 per server (1-4 processors) with one user plus $249 per each additional user or $3000 per processor with unlimited Web user access -- Enterprise Edition -- $12,500 per processor -- Enterprise-Extended Edition -- $20,000 per processor -- A Personal Developer's Edition is available free of charge. -- An upgrade program, migration tools and incentives are also available.

About IBM DB2 Universal Database

As the foundation for e-business, DB2 Universal Database is the industry's first multimedia, Web-ready relational database management system, strong enough to meet the demands of large corporations and flexible enough to serve medium-sized and small businesses. DB2 Universal Database combines power for business intelligence (data warehousing and data mining) with industry-leading performance and reliability to drive the most demanding industry solutions. DB2 Universal Database together with Internet technology makes information easily accessible, available and secure. With more than one million DB2 server licenses and 40 million users, IBM is the marketshare leader in the worldwide database industry according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of GartnerGroup, Inc. More information on IBM data management can be found at http://www.software.ibm.com/data. With more than 6,500 business partners now enrolled, the number of partners committed to IBM's data management solutions grew by 50 percent last year. IBM is also reporting a nearly 20% increase from the end of last year in the Value-Added Reseller Channel Partners certified in data management products.

About IBM

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