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BANCA POPOLARE DI BERGAMO SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH APPLIX VALUED AT MORE THAN $1 MILLION

 BANCA POPOLARE DI BERGAMO SIGNS AGREEMENT
 WITH APPLIX VALUED AT MORE THAN $1 MILLION
 WESTBORO, Mass., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Applix, Inc. today announced the signing of an agreement with Banca Popolare di Bergamo under which the bank, one of the oldest in Italy, will purchase Applix's Aster-x(tm) software for use by staff in all 240 branches.
 Under the contract, Banca Popolare di Bergamo will replace all its character-based office automation software with Aster-x, an open-system, enterprise-wide solution. Aster-x will run on the bank's Sun Microsystems' SPARCstations and link to its Oracle relational database management system (RDMS) to simplify the process of creating office and financially related documents.
 The contract is expected to generate more than $1 million in revenue for Applix, a leading developer of office software for UNIX and open systems computing.
 The decision by the bank's management to standardize on Aster-x was made after an extensive review of many office software alternatives. It was based on Aster-x's ability to easily create compound documents containing text, spreadsheets and graphics and on the depth of functionality within each Aster-x application. Applix is managing the conversion of Aster-x from English to Italian.
 Aster-x will enable employees to access a database on the branch bank's server to retrieve documents and images such as photographs and signatures, used for identification, and customers' credit records. The entire system of hardware and software for document imaging and branch automation is valued at more than $18 million.
 "The introduction of Aster-x into Banca Popolare di Bergamo will enable our staff to increase productivity while becoming more proactive in their business dealings," said Gregoria Lerma, chief information officer at Banca Popolare di Bergamo.
 Richard Davis, executive vice president of Applix, said, "The decision by an Italian bank of Banca Popolare di Bergamo's stature to standardize on Aster-x underscores the strength of our product and the recognition of that strength in the international market."
 Aster-x is a robust suite of applications and tools that offers users an unparalleled ability to create, edit and share information in text, graphical or multimedia formats across networks of X-based workstations. It offers advanced word processing, integrated graphics, and optional spreadsheets, mail and filter packs for easy import and export of files.
 In addition, Aster-x flexibility is markedly enhanced by its extension language facility (ELF), which users can employ to effortlessly customize Aster-x and integrate or live link it with a wide variety of third-party products.
 Bruce Golden, director of commercial market development at Sun, said, "The combination of the Sun SPARCstations and Aster-x creates a very powerful office productivity environment, one that assures the level of flexibility functionality sought by the staff at Banca Popolare di Bergamo."
 Banca Popolare di Bergamo, one of the earliest Italian cooperative banks, was founded in 1869 and is based in Bergamo, an old city outside Milan. Due to a recent merger with an affiliated commercial bank, Credito Varesino, Banca Popolare di Bergamo has become the fifth-largest private Italian bank. It has 240 branches throughout Northern Italy as far south as Rome, and outside the country in Munich, Germany, and Lyon, France. The bank employs 4,600 employees and holds assets of US$19 billion and deposits of US$13 billion.
 Applix, Inc., based in Westboro, is the leading developer and worldwide supplier of UNIX(tm) and X-windows-based office integration software. Its products are sold in Fortune 2000 companies, leading universities and many international organizations. Customers include McDonnell Douglas, Federal Express, General Electric, Xerox, General Motors, Motorola, Bell Atlantic and Salomon Brothers.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: In above references to this product, the dash represents an asterisk. The correct presentation of the product Aster-x should be Aster(asterisk symbol)x.
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 /CONTACT: Amy Weinstein of Applix, 508-870-0300 x388, Gregoria Lerma of Banca Popolare di Bergamo, 011-393-539-2260, or Mary Maguire of Rourke & Company, 617-267-0042 x310, for Applix/ CO: Applix, Inc. ST: Massachusetts IN: CPR FIN SU:


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