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Descartes Supporting Forte Release 3.0.

WATERLOO, Ont.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 9, 1997--

Gains Improved GUI Controls, Enhanced International Features,

Support for Applet-Based Architecture

The Descartes Systems Group Inc., a leading supplier of supply chain distribution software, today announced support of the Forte Application Environment Release 3.0.

Descartes is using Release 3.0 in Version 6.0 of its Supply Chain Execution software. The new software provides support for enterprise networked applications built with Forte.

Descartes software solutions address complex order management, distributed inventory management and customer service needs including direct store delivery (DSD), account settlement, electronic data interchange and mobile computing. Its customers are driven by demand and require highly responsive systems to manage the demand chain.

By using Release 3.0, Descartes benefits from numerous new features, including improved GUI controls (tree views, list views, etc.), enhanced international capabilities, improved support for applications generated using Forte Express, and support for an applet-based architecture.

According to Pete Devenyi, VP of engineering for Descartes, "The applet-based architecture supported by Release 3.0 enables Descartes to partition its application into granular applets that are controllable by an independent process engine. By coupling Release 3.0 with Forte's Conductor product, Descartes has the tools needed to separate the application logic from the business process logic. Individual businesses can now string applets together using the business process definitions that make sense to their company. In most cases, business process re-engineering efforts can be supported by modifying only the process definitions, leaving the application code intact."

In addition, the company said it will leverage key features of Forte Release 3.0 and Web SDK such as IIOP interface, Business Server Plug-Ins, ActiveX support and External Connection Classes.

Descartes applications must integrate with a wide variety of applications, including those of the major enterprise resource planning vendors. With Release 3.0, Forte offers the flexibility for Descartes to integrate with these applications using any or all of the popular object standards available today. Whether integrating with Java applications through IIOP, with Visual Basic applications via ActiveX and DCOM, two-way interfaces are now available to achieve a seamless integration. Additionally, Descartes services, which run on a middle tier, can now be accessed via a wide variety of client applications, including Java applets running in a Web browser, Visual Basic applications, C++ clients, etc.

About Descartes

The Descartes Systems Group Inc., a leading provider of supply chain distribution software for companies in the CPG industry, develops and markets software for companies with complex order management, customer service and distribution needs including direct store delivery, account settlement, electronic data interchange and mobile computing. Descartes customers are driven by demand and typically require highly responsive systems to manage the demand chain. Descartes solutions are highly flexible and adaptable and are fully workflow enabled. Incorporating an object-oriented, client-server architecture, Descartes software solutions can be deployed on most major operating systems, databases and platforms including various popular mobile computers and the World Wide Web.

Headquartered in Waterloo, Canada, Descartes provides full implementation support from initial engagement through enterprise rollout, in the United States, Mexico, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling 1-800-419-8495 or from its Web site: . -0-

Throughout this release, software and hardware products are mentioned by name. In most, if not all, cases, these product names are claimed as trademarks by the companies that manufacture the products. Forte is a registered trademark, and the Forte Application Environment, Forte Express, Forte Conductor and Forte Web SDK are trademarks of Forte Software, Inc. It is not our intention to claim these names or trademarks as our own.

CONTACT: George Cohen

George Cohen Communications

(617) 325-0011


Peter Schwartz

The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

(519) 746-8110
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