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ASG and Forecross Team Up to Provide Comprehensive Legacy Migration Solutions; Partnership Yields Solution that Shortens the Legacy Migration Process.

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NAPLES, Fla. & SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 13, 2002

ASG, a global enterprise software and services provider to Global 5000 companies, and Forecross Corporation (OTCBB:FRXX), a legacy-to-Web and XML solutions company, announced today that they have entered into a teaming agreement to jointly provide IDMS application migration and data replication solutions.

The partnership pairs the ASG-Replication Suite(TM) with Forecross' legacy migration products and services, creating comprehensive solutions for organizations migrating applications and data from the IDMS database into other formats such as DB2(R). Unlike similar migration offerings, these complementary products yield readable, maintainable applications, while dramatically shortening the data migration process and minimizing the risk of conversion difficulties.

"Companies everywhere are facing significant challenges when converting IDMS systems to relational platforms," said Ian Rowlands, director of product management for ASG. "Since executing an immediate `cut over' of data to a new system can be risky, replicating changes on a parallel database is the secret to a successful conversion. With the new ASG/Forecross solution, data center managers now can choose to quickly and efficiently migrate off the IDMS platform, or extend and maintain the format as necessary."

Bonnie Castello, senior vice president at Forecross, added that "many of our customers need to implement IT solutions that deliver faster time to market. For some, waiting until their key applications are completely converted to the more powerful SQL environments is just too long. Using ASG-Replication Suite, we can meet our customers' demands for immediate SQL access for new development, while simultaneously doing the legacy to Web conversion of their key IDMS applications."

The products in the ASG-Replication Suite allow database administrators to distribute data selectively from IDMS for use by Web-enabled, client/server, desktop, mobile or mainframe applications. This process is accomplished with a comprehensive set of tools that enables data to be loaded, updated and transformed. Forecross' migration products fully automate the conversion of the programming language, user interface and database management systems.

"This partnership has fostered a unique product synergy the migration market has never before seen," said Robert Theurer, director of sales for Forecross. "Together, ASG and Forecross meet a specific customer need. We're shortening the data migration cycle and making a once complicated process simple and safe."

Terms of the deal include cross-promotional endeavors by the two companies and joint product contracting arrangements.

About ASG

ASG's business is to partner with clients to improve productivity and significantly enhance performance through the intelligent use of technology. ASG is a privately held global enterprise software and professional services firm that provides Global 5000 companies with a full range of information management, operations management, and applications management services, including business re-engineering, systems integration, and systems development. Founded in 1986 by Art Allen, ASG is headquartered in Naples, Florida, USA, with 28 offices throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company has over 750 employees, more than 4,500 clients, and 8,000 software licenses worldwide. For more information, visit ASG at http://www.asg.com.

About Forecross

Founded in 1982 as a high-technology software development laboratory, Forecross Corporation is dedicated to the design and development of innovative software to re-deploy and sustain legacy applications on the Internet. Clients have included such leading corporations as Aetna Life Insurance Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Company, Charles Schwab & Company, IBM Corporation and Bank of America NT&SA. Other Business Alliance Partners of Forecross Corporation include Cape Clear, CIBER, Inc. and SCB Computer Technology, Inc. For more information, visit Forecross at http://www.forecross.com.
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