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IBM AND OEC ANNOUNCE MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Open Environment Corporation (OEC) of Cambridge, Mass., today announced a marketing and development relationship designed to equip IBM customers with the latest in client/server software development tools for building open systems applications. In launching the relationship, OEC has joined IBM's Cooperative Software Marketing Program, which will enable the two companies to jointly market OEC's products.
 IBM is the industry leader in delivering client/server solutions to customer business problems. The company's ability to build integrated solutions of multivendor platforms capitalizes on its rich set of standards-based networking software and its extensive alliances with many other hardware and software developers. A member of the Open Software Foundation (OSF)(a), Open Environment Corp. is the developer of OED Toolkits, a family of innovative, three-tiered, client/server products for building distributed applications.
 "Open Environment Corporation has emerged as one of the leading developers of client/server middleware tools, complementing IBM's strategy for achieving open standards-based client/server solutions," said Peter Tarrant, IBM Client/Server marketing director. "With today's announcement, IBM and OEC will work together closely to deliver the tools our customers need to make client/server a reality in their organizations."
 "Until now, IBM and OEC have enjoyed a very productive business relationship in providing customer education," said Sundar Subramaniam, OEC chief executive officer. "We are pleased to be moving into this new marketing and development partnership, which will benefit not only our respective companies, but our customers as well."
 The core technology of the OEC Toolkit is a three-tiered client/server architecture, which separates distributed applications into user interface (client), application logic (server) and data access components. By separating application logic from the user interface, customers can develop a new class of applications with access to most of today's popular relational databases and legacy systems. This modular approach to development allows rapid creation and deployment of strategic applications that can be easily modified and maintained.
 The OEC Toolkit is designed to support existing and emerging standards, such as OSF's Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) and the Object Management Group's CORBA. It is aimed at helping IBM and OEC customers to begin migrating to OSF DCE. The OEC Toolkit supports IBM platforms such as AIX/6000(b) and OS/2(b), as well as Digital OSF/1, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX, UNIX System V and Sun Microsystems SunOS. It facilitates rapid application development and systems integration across heterogeneous platforms and offers connectivity to relational databases such as DATABASE 2(b), Informix(a), Ingress(a), Oracle(a) and Sybase(a).
 NOTE: (a) Trademark or registered trademark of the following organizations: Open Software Foundation, Informix Software, Inc., INGRES, Inc., Oracle, Inc. and Sybase, Inc. (b) Trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Eldred of IBM Corporation, 914-642-5875; or Brenda Harrison of Open Environment Corp., 617-499-1613/
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