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DIGITAL APPLAUDS LICENSING SERVICES API AND ADOPTS THE API IN ITS ASSET AND LICENSE MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY

 DIGITAL APPLAUDS LICENSING SERVICES API AND ADOPTS THE API
 IN ITS ASSET AND LICENSE MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY
 Digital's Technology Licensing Program Could Change the
 Economics of Software Development and Distribution
 SAN FRANCISCO, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) applauded the Licensing Services Application Programming Interface (LSAPI) announced by 21 companies at the Software Publishers Association regional meeting here today. Digital said it will incorporate LSAPI into its software asset and license management technology now under development. The LSAPI is a set of program calls that developers can incorporate into their applications. With these calls, the applications will be able to communicate with a single license server, and software administrators will have a uniform interface to monitor licenses from multiple applications.
 "We heartily endorse LSAPI and the industry cooperation that led to it," said Bill Johnson, Digital's vice president, corporate marketing. "Customers know that their software investment is a major asset, and they need to manage it well. They are looking for the ability to do so in their multi-vendor computing environments. Digital is proud to have participated in LSAPI. We will do more than adhere to it -- we will use it as a building block in our own software asset and license management technology."
 Digital stated that it has been a priority to develop integrated license and asset management. "We've spent a lot of time listening to customers about their software asset management needs," said Willy Burgess, manager, Software Licensing Technologies Group. "Our customers typically manage heterogeneous networks and tell us that asset management is one of their toughest problems. Digital will offer this technology on all popular platforms through an open technology licensing program."
 Digital said that when system vendors and software developers adopt this license management technology, MIS managers will dramatically reduce their administrative overhead. And adding asset management capability will allow customers to predict software costs, effectively utilize the software already purchased, and easily manage new versions.
 "Customers need more flexibility in license options, and they need tools to manage use of the software within the license terms," said Mary Welch, manager, Business Practices Group. "With Digital's program, everyone will benefit," said Welch. "The software developers will reduce development costs and be able to offer competitive license choices. This will allow software developers to offer pricing based on the environment in which the customers use the product. A wealth of software and full-function demos will also be available for immediate access via CD-ROM and electronic distribution."
 Digital said that its development of asset and license management technology is part of its "Open Business Practices" strategy announced last fall. At that time Digital introduced "Open Software Licensing" with a wide range of flexible business practices. This move toward flexible licensing has been widely praised by customers, industry analysts, and information and technology managers' associations. Digital said today that it will continue its initiatives in this area by offering simple business practices and the supporting technologies to meet customer needs.
 Digital Equipment Corporation, headquartered in Maynard, Mass., is the leading worldwide supplier of networked computer systems, software and services. Digital pioneered and leads the industry in interactive, distributed and multi-vendor computing. Digital and its partners deliver the power to use the best integrated solutions -- from desktop to data center -- in open information environments.
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 /CONTACT: Lindy Brandt, 508-486-6251, or Mary Welch, 603-884-0567, both of Digital Equipment Corporation; or Joe Roy of Creamer Dickson Basford, 617-965-1846, for Digital Equipment/
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