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Ardent Software and AppsCo Software Partner to Speed Data Warehouse and Analytic Application Deployment.

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WESTBORO, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 23, 2000

New Partnership Cuts Development Time and Resources for Data

Warehouses and Analytic Applications in Microsoft(R) SQL Server 7.0

Environments

Ardent Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARDT), a leading global data management software company, today announced a partnership with AppsCo Software Ltd., a leading provider of data mart and analytical application development solutions for Microsoft(R) SQL Server 7.0. Under terms of the agreement, Ardent will integrate AppsMart, AppsCo's Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 software development environment, with Ardent's DataStage Suite(TM), the leading data movement and integration offering for data warehouse, business intelligence and e-business applications. The companies will deliver advanced time-to-deployment solutions for data warehouses and analytic applications developed on SQL Server 7.0. The solutions will allow businesses to extract data from operational systems and convert that data into business specific information, significantly reducing development and deployment cycles.

"As a company with a comprehensive knowledge of data movement, data quality, and meta data management issues, Ardent truly understands the needs of smaller, fast-growing companies as well as the Fortune 500. AppsCo and Ardent are teaming up to offer customers a quicker, more cost-efficient way to start building a corporate information infrastructure," said Brian Burnett, CEO of AppsCo Software. "Together, we provide a strong foundation for small to mid-sized organizations to manage their growth."

"The benefits of this agreement are directly realized by small to medium sized companies," said Andrew Hoover, group industry manager of business intelligence and data warehousing for Microsoft. "Ardent and AppsCo are drastically reducing the time previously required for new companies to develop a strong and manageable warehousing infrastructure."

"The combination of AppsCo's unique development environment and Ardent's powerful information infrastructure solutions will be very attractive to companies deploying warehousing and business intelligence applications," said Mikael Wipperfeld, vice president of data warehouse marketing at Ardent Software. "Going forward, this partnership represents a great opportunity for Ardent to leverage AppsCo's relationships in the SQL Server 7.0 market segment."

About Ardent DataStage

Ardent DataStage Suite includes a complete data movement and integration solution with native access to data from mainframe, Unix, and Windows NT environments; data quality assurance capabilities; and full lifecycle meta data management; all complemented by industry-leading professional services.

Availability

Ardent's DataStage Suite is available with AppsMart immediately. Pricing for the AppsMart product starts at $8,000 for the End User Bundle and $15,000 for the Domain Server. Supported platforms include Microsoft Windows NT (Intel and Alpha NT). For more information about Ardent's DataStage Suite, visit the Ardent Software Web site at www.ardent.com.

About AppsCo Software Limited

AppsCo Software Limited, founded in 1998, is a leading supplier of data mart design and analytic application development tools. AppsCo, a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider (MCSP), develops and markets AppsMart, an analytic application development environment. A patent pending technology, AppsMart enables data mart application builders to design data marts based on vertical market solution templates, and standard methods and processes. Backed by venture capital firms 3i, Vertex Management Group, Scottish Equity Partnership and Grampian Enterprise Limited, AppsCo is a privately held company. AppsCo is based in Surrey, United Kingdom, and has U.S. operations in Bellevue, Washington. More information on the company and its AppsMart solution is available on the Web at www.appsco.com, or by calling (425) 451-9777.

About Ardent Software

Ardent Software is a leading global data management software company. Ardent develops and markets data integration infrastructure software for e-business, data warehousing and analytical applications, and enterprise portals; along with embedded databases and tools for developing and deploying packaged applications. With worldwide sales and service operations, and 1,000 resellers in more than 50 countries, Ardent is one of the top software companies in the world. More than 60,000 customers and 2.2 million users in virtually every aspect of business and government use solutions that are powered by Ardent technology. Ardent is headquartered in Westboro, Massachusetts. The company's common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol "ARDT." For more information, visit Ardent's web site at www.ardent.com.

Statements expressing the beliefs and expectations of management regarding future performance are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, quarterly fluctuations in results and other risks. These risks are detailed from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1998. Actual results may differ materially from management's expectations.

DataStage, and Iterations are registered trademarks of Ardent Software, Inc. Other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of the respective trademark holders.
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