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ASTER-X FROM APPLIX NAMED AN INTEGRAL COMPONENT OF MULTI-MILLION DOD CONTRACT

 WESTBORO, Mass., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Government Services Board of Contract Appeals (GSBCA) upheld an Air Force award to GTE Government Systems Corporation for an office automation and networking solution for the Pentagon. The eight-year contract, known as the Joint Staff Automation for the Nineties (JSAN) will feature Aster-x from Applix, IBM RS/6000 workstations, networking support, and integration services. The JSAN contract has a potential value of $91.6 million.
 JSAN will modernize the Joint Chief's data processing infrastructure by providing improved capabilities for worldwide communications and information analysis.
 GTE selected Aster-x as a component of the JSAN contract due to its easy-to-use applications, customizable graphical user interface, and its ability to automate mission-critical work processes. GTE will write ELF scripts to automate spreadsheet workflow processes for the Pentagon. While the initial JSAN award includes Aster-x Words, Graphics, Macros and Spreadsheets, the Pentagon is now considering Mail and Filter-Packs, two options released after GTE submitted its initial bid.
 "Aster-x fully complements the government's UNIX-based, rightsizing efforts. Leading integrators in the federal markets such as GTE, typically select Aster-x as an office solution because it can be easily tailored to meet the specifications of most large government agencies and departments," said D.J. Long, vice president of marketing for Applix. "In addition to its application development capabilities, Aster-x is easy to use, graphical and X-compliant; three important attributes required in many government bids," Long added.
 "GTE was awarded the JSAN contract because its solution is based on advanced, graphical applications such as Aster-x. Other losing bidders were representing older, character-based products that fell short in the live-linking graphics and task automation categories," said Bruce Corey, director of federal sales for Applix.


GSBCA Upholds GTE Award After Two Protests
 The GSBCA decision comes after a series of legal actions following the award to GTE last December. The Air Force originally awarded the contract to Contel Federal Systems which later became the Federal Systems Division of the GTE Government Systems. After a protest from the losing bidder, Grumman, the GSBCA directed the Air Force to support and document more fully its selection of GTE. In June, the Air Force confirmed the contract award to GTE, and Grumman protested a second time. The GSBCA ruling announced on Nov. 20, 1992 dismissed the Grumman protest.
 Initial terms of the contract is one year with seven one-year renewal options. Although the contract is for an indefinite quantity, as many as 1,800 to 2,000 seats could be ordered this year to support the JSAN program. The contract award was made by the Electronic Systems Center (ESC), Hanscom AFB, Mass.


Aster-x Workgroup Productivity Software
 Aster-x is a suite of programmable applications and tools that allows users to create, edit and exchange business information across UNIX-based workstations, PC's and Macintoshes. The suite of applications -- Words, Graphics, and Macros, plus options for Spreadsheets, Mail, and Filters -- is markedly enhanced by the Extension Language Facility (ELF). With ELF, programmers and integrators can design unique graphical user interfaces and applications, automate repetitive tasks, and integrate or live-link Aster-x to external data sources.
 GTE Federal Systems, part of the corporation's Command, Control and Communications Systems Sector, provides and manages integrated systems solutions tailored for information processing and communications needs.
 Applix, Inc., based in Westboro, Mass., is the leading developer and worldwide supplier of UNIX and X-Windows-based workgroup productivity software. Its products are sold in Fortune 2000 companies, government agencies, leading universities, and many international organizations. Customers include GTE Federal Systems (JSAN contract), McDonnell Douglas (AMHS contract), Computer Sciences Corporation (JCALS contract), INFOTEC Development (NETCAP contract), Federal Express, General Electric, Xerox, General Motors, Motorola, Bell Atlantic and Solomon Brothers.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Bishop of GTE Government Systems, 703-818-5474; or Amy Weinstein of Applix, Inc., 508-870-0300, ext. 388; or Mary Campbell of Rourke & Company, 617-267-0042 for Applix, Inc./


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