IBM Partners With PLATINUM technology To Deliver Industry-Leading Data Modeling

Companies integrate PLATINUM ERwin into IBM VisualAgeh

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BOSTON - 23 Jun 1998: -- Today at the Database & Client/Server World conference, IBM Corp. and PLATINUM technology, inc. (NASDAQ: PLAT) announced a joint development and remarketing agreement to deliver the industry's most advanced DB2 data modeling environment. Under terms of the agreement, the companies will jointly develop highly integrated data modeling and development solutions, and IBM will sell PLATINUM ERwin as part of the IBM VisualAge family. This alliance will help IBM customers more quickly build critical enterprise applications for
IT environments that are rapidly changing due to business trends like mergers and acquisitions or e-business.

"Adding PLATINUM ERwin to IBM's portfolio of enterprise tools will offer our customers extended data modeling options that build on their current investments in ERwin and VisualAge DataAtlas," said John Swainson, general manager, Application Enabling and Integration, IBM Software Solutions Division. "Today's agreement with PLATINUM allows IBM to provide customers with a best-in-class solution for developing applications that will better meet the demands of their changing IT environments."

"We are thrilled that IBM has incorporated PLATINUM's leading ERwin data modeling solution into VisualAge," said Andrew "Flip" Filipowski, president and CEO, PLATINUM. "This agreement builds upon our long-standing partnership with IBM and our commitment to DB2 and data modeling."

IBM will immediately sell PLATINUM's data modeling tool ERwin 3.5, which delivers extraordinary productivity in the design, generation and maintenance of high-quality database applications for all leading databases. By year-end, IBM and PLATINUM plan to offer an enhanced version of ERwin that will integrate additional functions and features of VisualAge DataAtlas.

IBM and PLATINUM are collaborating on an open, industry standard XML interface, which will integrate ERwin into VisualAge through TeamConnection so that users will be able to take advantage of IBM's workgroup support features. This will provide application development teams with the ability to model databases with ERwin and store and maintain them in the same IBM VisualAge TeamConnection
repository where other application code resides. Additional development work will deliver interoperability between ERwin and other IBM VisualAge tools and IBM DataGuide.

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