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DCA INTRODUCES NEW COMMUNICATIONS SPECIFICATION; ANNOUNCES NEW COMMUNICATIONS PRODUCT FOR IBM AS/400

 BOSTON, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Communications Associates, Inc. (DCA) (NYSE: DCA) today introduced a new communications technical specification that will enable older mainframe computer software application programs to be more easily integrated with newer applications designed for the "client/server" computer networking environments expected to dominate the 1990s.
 DCA also announced a new marketing and development partnership with Novell Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL), the leading provider of local area networks (LANs) that allows personal computers (PCs) to share informatio ?and accessories. The company also introduced a new product for use with the AS/400 computer made by International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) (NYSE: IBM).
 Client/server computing is a form of shared or distributed data processing in which tasks and computing power are split between servers -- usually networked microprocessor-based systems -- and clients -- usually workstations or PCs. The severs store and process data that is common to users throughout the company, allowing the data to be accessed by the clients for individual processing needs.
 DCA's new communications specification -- called Portable Applications Communications Specification (PACS) -- will make it easier for vendors of client/server applications to incorporate mainframe access into their products. This will help corporations transition their mainframe-based "legacy" applications, such as custom inventory control programs, to the client/server environment.
 "Advances in information technology such as client/server computing are allowing corporations to flatten their organizational structures to cut costs, decentralize decision making, and improve productivity," said Gerald W. Buran, DCA's vice president of sales and marketing. "However, corporate computing departments must find ways to transition to the new technology while preserving the billions of dollars worth of older, mainframe-based software programs that are used by most major corporations. We believe PACS will provide a powerful solution to this challenge as a key part of our efforts to focus on developing client communications software."
 DCA will make the specification publicly available to vendors of client/server software with several expressing support of DCA's efforts including Connectivite Corp., Tarrytown, N.Y.; Easel Corporation, Burlington, Mass.; Flexus International Corp., Bangor, Pa.; KnowledgeWare, Atlanta; Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash.; and Mozart Systems Corp., Burlingame, Calif.
 DCA will incorporate the specification into a new product called "QuickApp" which is a key part of its Universal Communications Architecture (UCA) that serves as the long-term, guiding technical strategy for the company's communications product line.
 UCA enables users of DCA's products to access mainframe information using a consistent screen format and methodology or "interface," regardless of whether the operating system being used on their PCs is Microsoft's MD-DOS or Windows, Apple Computer's Macintosh or IBM's OS/2. This type of flexibility will enable large companies to reduce the costs to support and train workers that use PCs to get data from host systems.
 "Even as companies move their information processing to a distributed client/server environment, legacy applications and data will continue to be maintained and secured on a mainframe," said Gerry Machi, vice president and general manager of Novell's NetWare Systems Group -- Sunnyvale, Calif. "DCA's UCA will help our customers and third-party developers to build value-added applications and programs that leverage Novell's NetWare-to-IBM host integration platform -- NetWare for SAA -- to create solutions that ease the migration to distributed systems."
 Under a new marketing agreement between the two companies, DCA will resell Novell's NetWare for SAA, NetWare Communication Services Manager and NetWare HostPrint to its customers. Working with Novell, DCA will also develop NetWare for SAA support for DCA's Intelligent Synchronous Communications Adapter hardware product which enables personal computers to connect to IBM's System Network Architecture (SNA) through Synchronous Data Link Control (SDLC) or X.25 protocols or specific rules that allow computers to communicate.
 DCA will continue to develop client support for NetWare for SAA in its software products as well as license Novell's Application Programming Interfaces or APIs -- a set of software routines that can be referenced by an application program to access underlying services on the network.
 DCA and Novell will launch their new relationship with a 28-city worldwide tour to brief customers and resellers of both companies on their new partnership. Dates and locations for the tour will be announced at a later time.
 DCA announced IRMA/400 for Microsoft Windows which allows PC users to communicate with an IBM mainframe and AS/400 computers from a single DCA IRMA workstation product. IRMA/400 for Microsoft Windows operates as a client to either Novell's NetWare for SAA, Microsoft's Windows NT or the DCA/Microsoft Select Communications Server.
 IRMA/400 for Microsoft Windows will be available in late spring for $395. DCA's QuickApp will be available in late spring for a suggested retail price of $295. Pricing outside of North America varies depending on local market conditions.
 Based 30 miles north of Atlanta in Alpharetta, Ga., with offices worldwide, DCA designs, manufactures, markets and supports PC networking products that enhance the productivity of PC users. Its IRMA communications products are the de facto standard for PC to mainframe communications.
 Novell Inc. is an operating system software company, the developer of network services, specialized and general purpose operating systems products including NetWare, DR DOS, and Unix-Ware. Novell's NetWare network computing products manage and control the sharing of services, data and applications among computer workgroups, departmental networks and business-wide information systems.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: DCA is a registered trademark and Select and IRMA are trademarks of Digital Communications Associates, Inc. Microsoft and MS-DOS are registered trademarks and Windows and Windows NT are trademarks of Microsoft Corp. NetWare is a registered trademark of Novell, Inc. All other products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners./
 /CONTACT: William Marks, 404-442-4520, or home, 404-987-9565, or, beeper, 404-533-6140; Analysts: Kathleen Howard, 404-442-4268, both of Digital Communications Associates; or Bill Jeppensen of Novell, 408-747-4236/
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