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SPINNAKER SOFTWARE ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCES WITH SYBASE, INGRES AND INFORMIX

 SPINNAKER SOFTWARE ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCES
 WITH SYBASE, INGRES AND INFORMIX
 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Spinnaker Software Corporation (NASDAQ: SPKR) has launched an aggressive marketing strategy for its PERSONAL ACCESS database query and reporting tool and announced today that it has established strategic alliances with three major database software vendors including Sybase, Inc., Ingres Corporation and Informix Software, Inc.
 In a separate announcement, Spinnaker also announced PERSONAL ACCESS Version 2, a major new version of its database query and reporting tool that will be marketed jointly to the installed customer bases of Sybase, Ingres and Informix. Version 2 is scheduled for release early this fall, adding significant product enhancements and expanded database support.
 Introduced last year, PERSONAL ACCESS provides end users, middle managers, IS professionals and developers point and click access to corporate information across multiple databases and servers and allows them to create individual database queries and customized reports quickly, simply and independently.
 The current version, PERSONAL ACCESS Version 1.5, supports multiple databases including ORACLE, Sybase SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Paradox, dBASE, and Novell's NetWare Btrieve. Version 2 will support DB2, Ingres, Novell's NetWare SQL, Informix, Progress, SQLBase, XDB, Excel, ASCII, and OS/2 EE DBM.
 In making the announcement, Dave Thurman, Spinnaker Software vice president and PLUS Division manager, said, "We are launching this aggressive strategy to establish PERSONAL ACCESS as the leading database query and reporting tool serving the corporate database environment. Our strategic alliances with three of the world's largest database companies expands the market for PERSONAL ACCESS to their more than 2 million licensed users and positions PERSONAL ACCESS as the universal front end for building graphical front ends for client/server applications."
 Cooperative programs between Spinnaker and the three companies call for a wide range of joint marketing and support activities including product bundling and seeding program, direct marketing, trade advertising, customer seminars, industry trade shows and user group meetings and conferences. The Sybase Alliance
 Commenting on the Sybase alliance, Thurman said, "The alliance with Sybase, Inc., a technology leader in high-performance client/server applications, provides Spinnaker with significant marketing potential especially in common target markets such as the financial services industry." PERSONAL ACCESS Version 1.5 currently supports Sybase SQL Server, a relational database management system for on-line applications and high-performance transaction processing. Sybase SQL Server handles all data management and transaction functions, independent of client applications and user interface functions.
 According to Stu Schuster, Sybase vice president of marketing, "Vendor partnerships make significant contributions to the successful delivery of mission critical client/server applications. Marketing and technology relationships, such as the one that Spinnaker and Sybase share, provide continuity in product direction, maximum product compatibility, and coordinated support and product development efforts to meet the needs of our mutual customers." Thurman added, "This provides Sybase customers with the opportunity to build rich graphical front ends for client/server applications as well as empowering end users to do ad hoc query and reporting." Ingres Agreement
 Under the agreement with Ingres, Spinnaker's PERSONAL ACCESS will front end Ingres' Intelligent database management system that manages data, knowledge and objects. "We recognize Spinnaker's PERSONAL ACCESS as one of the premier end-user tools for accessing INGRES databases from the desktop," said Bill Copeland, vice president of marketing for Ingres. "Our customers have expressed strong demand for PERSONAL ACCESS, enhancing Ingres' strategy of providing open database solutions."
 Ingres is a worldwide leader in providing quality information management products, and supplying innovative database technology for business needs. Ingres has consistently innovated within the relational database market, delivering the first transparent distributed database management system, the first intelligent database and the first graphical, object-oriented, fourth-generation application development tool. Front End to Informix Servers
 "PERSONAL ACCESS offers more power and flexibility to Informix's worldwide customer base and allows us to take advantage of new business opportunities to meet a broader variety of customer needs," said Steven Hill, vice president of strategic planning and corporate development at Informix. "Our partnership ensures that Spinnaker will continue to take advantage of the advanced features of our server and connectivity products."
 With the support of Informix's InSync program, Spinnaker will integrate PERSONAL ACCESS Version 2 as the database front end to Informix server and connectivity products including the Informix-On Line and Informix-SE information management servers for client/server systems. "Having Spinnaker as an InSync partner continues our strategy to deliver on our company mission to provide the best technology for developing data management applications for open systems," said Cheryl Stefan, InSync marketing manager.
 Informix-On Line is a powerful server with high-availability, multimedia support, and optional distributed database capabilities. Informix-SE is a server for small- to medium-range applications and provides the power of SQL without complex database administration requirements. PERSONAL ACCESS Includes Spinnaker PLUS
 With PERSONAL ACCESS, individuals can, without any knowledge of SQL, networks, programming or PLUS, on a first try build a query to access corporate data in less in five minutes using only a few clicks of the mouse.
 PERSONAL ACCESS incorporates the full power and flexibility of Spinnaker PLUS -- an object-oriented, cross-platform, hypermedia applications development tool. With Spinnaker PLUS, users can create custom applications using the basic "building blocks" of PLUS objects.
 PERSONAL ACCESS and PLUS System Requirements: DOS Version 3.1 or higher; Microsoft Windows 3.0 or higher; PC with 80386 processor or higher; 4MB RAM; hard disk and high density floppy drive; VGA or 8514 recommended. About Spinnaker Software
 Spinnaker Software Corporation, headquartered in Cambridge, has been developing and marketing software applications for more than 10 years. Spinnaker is a leading provider of personal computer software that empowers individuals to be self-sufficient in creating, accessing, integrating and communicating information.
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 /CONTACT: Douglas Campbell, 617-494-1200 x357, or Dave Thurman, 617-494-1200 x459, for Spinnaker/
 (SPKR) CO: Spinnaker Software Corporation ST: Massachusetts IN: CPR SU: JVN


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