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ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 1994--Demonstrating its commitment to providing the industrys most flexible and functional enterprise-wide client/server business applications, Dun & Bradstreet Software (D&B Software) today introduced StreamBuilder, an object-oriented application development tool kit that expedites and simplifies application development for customers using the companys SmartStream Series of client/server applications.

StreamBuilder is a set of industry-standard productivity tools that enables users to reuse reuse - Using code developed for one application program in another application. Traditionally achieved using program libraries. Object-oriented programming offers reusability of code via its techniques of inheritance and genericity.  SmartStream data objects and common code to develop and build new client/server business applications within the SmartStream environment. StreamBuilder is based on Powersoft Corporation's PowerBuilder, and unlike competitive solutions based on proprietary fourth-generation languages fourth-generation language (4GL)

Fourth-generation computer programming language. 4GLs are closer to human language than other high-level languages and are accessible to people without formal training as programmers.
, provides a complete application development foundation that requires no extensive learning or training by developers and end users.

SmartStream customers can use StreamBuilder to customize and enhance existing

SmartStream Series applications, Financial Stream, HR Stream, Distribution Stream and Manufacturing Stream. In addition, StreamBuilder increases the flexibility of the SmartStream client/server architecture An environment in which the application processing is divided between client workstations and servers. It implies the use of desktop computers interacting with servers in a network in contrast to processing everything in a large centralized mainframe. See client/server.  by allowing users to integrate in-house data and non-D&B Software applications into their SmartStream workflow applications A workflow application is where various applications, components and people must be involved in the processing of data to complete an instance of a process. For example, consider a purchase order that moves through various departments for authorization and eventual purchase. .

For developers, StreamBuilder provides a highly productive application development environment that leverages the reusability of existing SmartStream code and services, significantly reducing development time and effort required to develop new applications. These services include security administration, business process and workflow control, electronic mail, job scheduling In a large computer, establishing a job queue to run a sequence of programs over any period of time such as a single shift, a full day, etc. , intelligent agents and the graphical user interface graphical user interface (GUI)

Computer display format that allows the user to select commands, call up files, start programs, and do other routine tasks by using a mouse to point to pictorial symbols (icons) or lists of menu choices on the screen as opposed to having to

End user benefits provided by StreamBuilder include faster enhancements and improvements to users' applications. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 D&B Software, StreamBuilder developers can deliver enhancements to existing Windows applications A program that is written to run under Microsoft's Windows operating system. Such applications typically run under all 32-bit versions of Windows, but earlier applications might also run under the 16-bit versions (Windows 3.x) as well. See Windows.  to end users in approximately one-third the time required by traditional application development.

Despite the overwhelming pressure within corporations to re-engineer business practices and implement applications to the client/server environment A networking environment that is made up of clients and servers running applications designed for client/server architecture. See client/server. , D&B Software's customers are still demanding flexibility and control from their applications to best serve end user needs throughout the enterprise.

"By providing open integration with existing applications, StreamBuilder enables users to leverage software investments by exploiting the power of the client/server architecture to improve, rather than completely rewrite re·write  
v. re·wrote , re·writ·ten , re·writ·ing, re·writes
1. To write again, especially in a different or improved form; revise.

 these applications," said R. Douglas MacIntyre, president and chief executive officer. "With StreamBuilder, D&B Software is taking a major step in helping its customers reduce development time and costs, improve developers' productivity and build a truly open information systems environment."

Fast, Easy Application Development

StreamBuilder also includes a Sample Application template that helps dramatically reduce SmartStream application development time and effort. The Sample Application includes an example of a business workflow, as well as the different types of window styles used within SmartStream applications. StreamBuilder eliminates the need to develop an application or window from the ground up by enabling developers to clone, customize and use existing windows to develop other activity windows, as well as enhancing existing SmartStream windows. Each Sample Application window provides developers with access to all menu and navigational functions, the ability to handle database transaction processing Updating the appropriate database records as soon as a transaction (order, payment, etc.) is entered into the computer. It may also imply that confirmations are sent at the same time.

Transaction processing systems are the backbone of an organization because they update constantly.
 and access to database security and error handling.

Workflow Support

In addition, StreamBuilder introduces a SmartStream Workflow Application Programming Interface (API (Application Programming Interface) A language and message format used by an application program to communicate with the operating system or some other control program such as a database management system (DBMS) or communications protocol. ), which enables users to integrate applications developed in-house, or purchased and developed with any Windows-based development tool, such as PowerBuilder, Visual Basic or C, into the SmartStream workflow environment. The workflow API is a set of functions that allows developers to include in-house applications into a SmartStream workflow that automates the delivery of data from the non-D&B Software system to SmartStream applications. For example, a government agency's in-house procurement tracking system can send data to Financial Stream via the workflow API. The SmartStream user receives a message prompting him to enter the additional invoice information. After the user enters the invoice with data from the procurement system, it distributes the invoice for approval, and SmartStream automatically completes the workflow process by sending notification to the in-house system confirming approval of the payment.

"United Healthcare is reengineering its asset procurement and management process and StreamBuilder plays an important role by allowing us to facilitate approvals for capital requests and enhance asset management capabilities," said John Christopherson John Christopherson (d. 1558) was Chaplain and confessor to Queen Mary I of England, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge (1553-1558), Dean of Norwich (1554-1557) and Bishop of Chichester (1557-1558) - all during the reign of Queen Mary (1553-1558). , director of information systems planning and financial systems at United Healthcare, a StreamBuilder beta test A test of new or revised hardware or software that is performed by users at their facilities under normal operating conditions. Beta testing follows alpha testing. Vendors of packaged software often offer their customers the opportunity of beta testing new releases or versions, and the  site. "StreamBuilder also allows us to add configuration features to the base asset management system without significantly changing the delivered asset application system code. In addition, StreamBuilder's open architecture allows easy database integration with various applications across the enterprise."

StreamBuilder also includes a Developers Workbench, a set of graphical tools that provide a step-by-step approach to rapid window development and customization. The Developers Workbench provides tools to create SQL SQL
 in full Structured Query Language.

Computer programming language used for retrieving records or parts of records in databases and performing various calculations before displaying the results.
 code to create tables and stored procedures In a database management system (DBMS), it is an SQL program that is stored in the database which is executed by calling it directly from the client or from a database trigger. When the SQL procedure is stored in the database, it does not have to be replicated in each client. . By eliminating the need for manual coding, these tools further increase developers productivity and ensure consistency in application code.

Pricing and Availability

StreamBuilder will be available this month under Hewlett-Packards HP-UX HP's version of Unix that runs on its 9000 family. It is based on SVID and incorporates features from BSD Unix along with several HP innovations.

(operating system) HP-UX - The version of Unix running on Hewlett-Packard workstations.
, Data Generals DG/UX and IBMs RS/6000 AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) IBM's Unix-based operating system which runs on its Intellistation workstations and pSeries, p5, iSeries and i5 server families. . It is planned for availability under Sun Microsystem's Solaris and Digital's Alpha OSF/1 platforms next year. Pricing is based on a per-module basis, starting at $20,000 per module.

D&B Software, with more than 10,000 customer sites in over 60 countries, is a company of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. D&B Software, with more than 2,000 employees, provides a broad range of business software products, tools and services, including decision support tools, financial, human resource, manufacturing and distribution applications.

SmartStream and Financial Stream are registered trademarks and StreamBuilder, SmartStream Decision Support, HR Stream, Manufacturing Stream and Distribution Stream are trademarks of Dun & Bradstreet Software Services, Inc. Throughout this release, other software and hardware products are mentioned by name. In most, if not all cases, these product names are claimed as trademarks by the companies that manufacture the products. It is not our intention to claim these names or trademarks as our own.

CONTACT: D&B Software, Atlanta
              Lorretta Gasper, 404/239-3658
              Copithorne & Bellows, Boston
              Tim Hurley/Dave Copithorne 617/252-0606
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