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Bull Launches HooX Java Connection Tools to Link Open Server-based E-business Applications to Legacy Transactions.

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BILLERICA, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 23, 2001

HooX tools use J2EE 1.3 Connector Architecture to integrate new

e-business applications developed on the BEA WebLogic(R)

E-Business Platform with operational transactions

running on Bull and IBM mainframes

Bull Infrastructure & Systems today announced HooX (Host Object-Oriented ConneXions), a Java-based family of software connection tools for legacy system integration. HooX is designed to operate in the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.3 Connector Architecture environment provided by BEA WebLogic(R) from BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS). BEA is one of the world's leading e-business infrastructure software companies. This new capability will enable organizations to get their e-business applications up and running faster by facilitating their seamless integration with legacy transaction processing environments.

The J2EE Connector Architecture is a standard architecture for connecting back-end applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Resource Management (CRM) systems and legacy transaction processing systems with a J2EE application server, such as BEA WebLogic Server(TM), the world's #1 Java application server.

Companies with significant investment in legacy applications can now expose those applications in scalable Web application servers with minimal, or often no, changes required to their back-end programs.

Bull's HooX Java connectors provide standardized access to existing Bull and IBM mainframe-based transactions from environments compatible with J2EE 1.3, such as BEA WebLogic Server. They encapsulate host transaction calls in Enterprise Java Beans (EJB).

HooX consists of the following elements:

-- A toolkit for generating EJB access components to legacy transactions.

-- JCA standard transactional connectors (resource adapters) for both line and screen mode legacy transactions for Bull GCOS 7, GCOS 8 and IBM hosts.

Bull's Interoperability 8 organization, based in Phoenix, Arizona, developed HooX in close cooperation with long-time partner Gallagher & Robertson, the Norwegian software company specializing in communications tools. According to Carl Morelli, director GCOS 8 Interoperability, "This is one more example of how Bull has responded to our GCOS customers e-commerce requirements. HooX provides a critical link between mainframe platforms and open sever based environments."

"The BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform provides an extremely robust and reliable framework to help customers transform their processes and IT infrastructure into an e-business environment," said Boris Auche, director e-Infrastructure Programs, Bull Infrastructure & Systems. "BEA WebLogic Integration(TM) represents a huge step forward in developing a consistent integration environment based on open standards and extends the power of the BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform."

"We are delighted to continue our close cooperation with Bull Infrastructure and Systems," said Jim Gallagher, joint founder of Gallagher & Robertson. "The exciting HooX technology ensures that the legacy transactions at the heart of many enterprises' information systems can be easily and transparently integrated with new-e-business applications, which can be implemented and deployed faster."

"For companies with significant investment in legacy applications, Bull provides the capabilities and services to link back-end programs to Web services," said Ivan Koon, president of the BEA E-Commerce Integration Division. "Bull is one of BEA's top partners in Europe, and its efforts to provide a robust Java-based enterprise infrastructure have nice synergy with our own vision of the truly integrated enterprise."

About Bull

Bull is an international IT group with customers in more than 100 countries. In 2000, the company earned revenues of $3 billion. Bull's strategy is focused on secure Internet Infrastructures and Services dedicated to helping customers transform their processes and IT infrastructures in order to take full advantage of the net.economy.

Bull Americas is a subsidiary of Bull with operations in North and South America and headquarters in Billerica, Massachusetts. Bull Americas focuses on solutions and services for vertical markets, including the public sector, telecommunications, education, and financial services. For more information on Bull and Bull Americas, see and

BEA, WebLogic, BEA WebLogic Server, BEA Web Logic Integration and BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform are registered trademarks or trademarks of BEA Systems, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the company with which they are associated.
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