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ASG Joins the Object Management Group as a Domain Member.

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NAPLES, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 7, 2003

Software Firm to Apply its Legacy Modernization Expertise to Guide

Industry-Standard Definitions Regarding Application Transformation

ASG, a worldwide enterprise software and professional services provider to Global 5000 companies, announced today that it has joined the Object Management Group(TM) (OMG(TM)), an industry consortium responsible for developing and maintaining distributed computing specifications, as a Domain Member. The OMG's charter includes the establishment of industry guidelines and detailed object management specifications to provide a common framework for application development, particularly the MDA(R), CORBA(R), CORBAservices(TM), IIOP(TM) and UML(R) specifications. As a Domain Member of the OMG, ASG will serve as a force in leading the industry-standard definition for application transformation.

ASG has a strong devotion to research and development, pouring nearly thirty percent of revenues back into R&D. Senior Director of Applications Product Management Barbara Errickson-Connor said, "Our expertise in legacy application management will be expanded by close communication and interaction with other experts in the space -- this exchange will influence our development blueprint and schedule for these evolving solutions."

OMG Domain Members are part of the steering force for the OMG's efforts in vertical markets. They can submit proposals to the Domain Technical Committee for technology standards extensions, and can vote on proposal adoptions. They also have full voting rights in all Task Forces and Special Interest Groups. In addition, Domain Members are eligible to stand for a seat on the OMG's Architectural Board.

According to Errickson-Connor, ASG clients will benefit from ASG's participation in the OMG through the expanded view of many great minds working together on rapidly evolving IT challenges.

"As a privately-held, flexible organization, ASG will be quick to market solutions in response to evolving standards. ASG products will be on a timely release schedule in accordance to the standards set by the

OMG and will interoperate with other key products that support legacy modernization," said Errickson-Connor.

"ASG brings Legacy Application Modernization expertise to the OMG," said Dr. Richard Soley, chairman and chief executive officer of OMG. "Modernization is critical as organizations today are trying to leverage their investment in legacy data. We welcome ASG to OMG and look forward to its contributions."

About ASG

ASG's business is to partner with clients to improve productivity and significantly enhance performance through the intelligent use of technology. Founded in 1986, ASG is a privately-held global enterprise software and professional services firm that provides a full range of software solutions in the Security Management, Applications Management, Operations Management, Information Management, Performance Management, and Infrastructure Management arenas - including business re-engineering, systems integration, and systems development. ASG has 900 employees, $175 million in revenues, 7,000 customer sites, and 18,000 software licenses worldwide. ASG is headquartered in Naples, Florida, USA, with over 45 offices throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia/Pacific. Inc. magazine recognized ASG as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States, with a three-year growth rate of 394%. For more information, visit ASG at

Barbara Errickson-Connor

ASG senior director of applications product management

As senior director of applications product management for ASG, Errickson-Connor is responsible for Applications Management solutions that generate $75 million in annual revenue. Her article published in the August/September issue of z/Journal magazine entitled, "Truth or Consequences: Legacy Application Modernization," provides a roadmap for legacy-rich companies to successfully use legacy data and business logic in modern applications and environments. Errickson-Connor has worked in the IT industry for 30 years. She attended University of Illinois, receiving an LAS degree and Southern Methodist University for her MBA.

About the OMG

With well-established standards covering software from design and development, through deployment and maintenance, and extending to evolution to future platforms, the Object Management Group (OMG) supports a full-lifecycle approach to enterprise integration which maximizes ROI, the key to successful IT. OMG's standards cover multiple operating systems, programming languages, middleware and networking infrastructures, and software development environments. OMG's Modeling standards, the basis for the MDA, include the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Common Warehouse Metamodel (CWM). CORBA, the Common Object Request Broker Architecture, is OMG's standard open platform with hundreds of millions of deployments running today.

Headquartered in Needham, MA, USA, with a U.S. government representative in Washington, DC, and international marketing representatives in Japan, the UK, and Germany, the Object Management Group is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry specifications consortium. OMG member companies write, adopt, and maintain the organization's standards following a mature, open process. All current OMG specifications may be downloaded without charge from the organization's website,; the site also provides additional information about OMG and its activities. For information on joining the OMG, or questions not addressed on the website, please contact OMG headquarters by email at, by phone at +1-781-444 0404, or by fax at +1-781-444 0320.

Note to editors: The OMG Object Management Group Logo(R), MDA(R), Model Driven Architecture(R), CORBA(R), CORBA Academy(R), The Information Brokerage(R), XMI(R) and IIOP(R) are registered trademarks of the Object Management Group. OMG(TM), Object Management Group(TM), CORBA logos(TM), OMG Interface Definition Language (IDL)(TM), The Architecture of Choice for a Changing World(TM), CORBAservices(TM), CORBAfacilities(TM), CORBAmed(TM), CORBAnet(TM), Integrate 2002(TM), Middleware That's Everywhere(TM), UML(TM), Unified Modeling Language(TM), The UML Cube logo(TM), MOF(TM), CWM(TM), The CWM Logo(TM), Model Driven Architecture Logos(TM) and the XMI Logo(TM) are trademarks of the Object Management Group. All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

To schedule an interview with Barbara Errickson-Connor or other ASG professionals, contact Eric Sommerton at 239.435.2015 or e-mail
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