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ATRIA SOFTWARE INTRODUCES CLEARCASE; NEW SYSTEM TO MANAGE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT ON UNIX/OPEN SYSTEMS NETWORKS

 ATRIA SOFTWARE INTRODUCES CLEARCASE; NEW SYSTEM TO MANAGE
 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT ON UNIX/OPEN SYSTEMS NETWORKS
 NATICK, Mass., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Atria Software Inc. today introduced ClearCase, a system designed to manage the increasingly complex process of software development.
 ClearCase is the industry's most advanced Software Configuration Management System -- a product that simplifies the process of organizing the many parts of a software development project that are frequently dispersed throughout different networks and locations. ClearCase reduces the cost of software development by improving programmer productivity and reducing time-to-market. It also improves the quality of software by ensuring that releases are built with the correct, properly-tested components.
 ClearCase is targeted at the rapidly growing UNIX/open systems marketplace. High performance UNIX workstations have emerged as the platform of choice for programmers working with technical languages. Typical software development environments consist of networks of heterogeneous UNIX-based workstations, often remotely.
 Atria also announced today agreements with two leading computer vendors -- Hewlett-Packard Company and Silicon Graphics Inc. -- from which ClearCase will be directly available. In addition, to provide complete compatibility with a broad range of software engineering tools, Atria has entered into cooperative marketing partnerships and technology development agreements with four of the industry's leading computer-aided software engineering (CASE) software vendor -- Cadre Technologies Inc., CenterLine Software Inc. (formerly Saber Software), Interactive Development Environments (IDE) Inc. and HP's Software Engineering Systems Division (SESD).
 "The tremendous growth of the software development marketplace has increased the need for systems that can efficiently manage the software development process -- and that is the challenge that Atria is meeting head on," said Paul Levine, president and chief executive officer of Atria. "Previous systems have only offered partial solutions to the problem of software configuration management. ClearCase offers a complete solution to the fundamental problems associated with software development: tracking changes, working in parallel and managing software releases. Software engineers can now gain vastly needed control with ClearCase."
 Atria's experienced engineering team -- which includes the senior engineers who built Apollo's industry-leading software configuration management product, Domain Software Engineering Environment (DSEE) -- fully understands the most common and critical problems facing today's software development organizations.
 One of the principle virtues of software-based products or systems is that they are supposed to be easily adaptable to changing market requirements. But software changes too rapidly. A software project evolves in many directions simultaneously, quickly out-pacing the developer's ability to control all details with the tools currently available. ClearCase is the first product to deliver the three key elements of a modern software configuration management system:
 --Version Control tracks the evolution of the various
 software components, including source code, binaries,
 directories, libraries, documents, project plans,
 spreadsheets and compilers, storing both the software
 versions and their change history.
 --Configuration Management provides transparent, rule-
 based access to versions of software components,
 records and documents the construction of a software
 system and manages software releases.
 --Process Control ensures that software development
 policies and procedures are followed.
 Software is the critical path item for new product design and production. Industry analysts estimate there will be 1 million "seats" in the UNIX/open systems segment of the software development tools marketplace by 1995 -- up from 165,000 in 1990. The market for software development tools is expected to expand into a $2.8 billion business by 1995.
 ClearCase allows software development companies to preserve their software investments by giving existing UNIX applications, tools and commands transparent access, through the standard UNIX file system interface, to any version of any object in a software program. This capability is available through ClearCase's use of a mounted virtual file system. By providing configuration management capabilities without changing the way a software engineering environment works, ClearCase saves companies both the cost of investing in new CASE tools and software development applications, such as compilers, editors, debuggers and documentation tools, and the cost of retraining engineers already familiar with UNIX development methods.
 ClearCase will be available in June 1992. Initial ClearCase platforms include Sun Microsystems' SPARCstations and Silicon Graphics' IRIS 4D family of RISC-based systems. ClearCase will be available on the HP Apollo 9000 Series 700 systems in September.
 ClearCase is priced at $4,000 for a single-user license, with quantity volume discounts available. Atria Software Inc. develops ClearCase, the premier Software Configuration Management System for the UNIX/open systems marketplace. The company was founded in January 1990 by a group of industry leaders in CASE and UNIX software development. Atria is headquartered in Natick, Mass., with offices in Sacramento, Calif., and Dallas, Texas.
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 NOTE: ClearCase is a trademark of Atria Software Inc. Silicon Graphics, the Silicon Graphics logo and IRIS are registered trademarks, and IRIS 4D is a trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX Systems Laboratories Inc. in the USA and other countries.
 Sun is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems Inc.
 SPARCstation is a trademark of SPARC International Inc.
 CenterLine is a trademark of CenterLine Software Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Adam Zais of Atria Software, 508-650-1193, or Martha Tracy or Donna Ruane of Miller Communications, 617-536-0470/ CO: Atria Software, Inc. ST: Massachusetts IN: CPR SU: PDT


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