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IBM ANNOUNCES NEW DATABASE CONNECTIVITY TECHNOLOGY TO WORK WITH IBM OFFERINGS INCLUDING OS/2 32-BIT OFFERINGS

 LAS VEGAS, Nev., Nov. 16 ~PRNewswire~ -- Complementing today's announcement by industry leaders of a new database connectivity technology called Integrated Database Application Programming Interface (IDAPI), IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it intends to develop OS~2- based offerings that comply with this IDAPI specification.
 IDAPI describes software that allows users to more easily access and use information stored in a wide variety of database products offered by different vendors.
 Today, information is usually stored in either a relational type of database or navigational type of database. The methods of accessing information for each type of database differ from product to product and vendor to vendor.
 Rather than a multitude of the SQL APIs that exist on today's products, IDAPI endorses a single interface called the SQL~Call Level Interface (SQL~CLI).
 Because each of the various navigational databases (such as dBase (A), Paradox (A), Btrieve (A) and DataPerfect (A)) have different programming interfaces, a proposed standard for Navigational CLI is also being drafted by the IDAPI work group.
 IBM intends to update its OS~2 Database Manager in 1993 to work with the SQL~CLI. As other vendors also implement SQL~CLI on their products, database applications will be more portable across the database product of many vendors.
 Also, IBM has entered into a licensing agreement with Borland International for software from which a 32-bit, multi-threaded version of IDAPI for use with OS~2 will be derived. IBM intends to offer beta versions of the 32-bit IDAPI code in 1993.
 "The creation, endorsement and implementation of standards are important steps toward reaching our goal of creating value for programmers and users," said John Soyring, director of Software Development Programs for IBM's Personal Software Products unit. "By offering IDAPI-compliant products for use with OS~2, programmers should be able to more productively develop OS~2 database applications -- and end users should be able to better access and use the information stored in a variety of different databases."
 IDAPI helps software developers by providing a single, consistent programming interface. It also provides them with a standard means for connecting to one or more database products -- whether these database products are similar or different.
 "One of the strategies of the SAS (A) systems is to provide direct and transparent access to industry-leading databases," said Marianna Suciu, manager of Database Marketing for SAS Institute. "We support the direction IBM is taking today towards providing the same sort of access that enterprise-wide data customers are asking for."
 IBM will provide additional information about IDAPI to software developers who are members of the IBM OS~2 Worldwide Developers Assistance Program (DAP). DAP members may receive additional information from IBM via the OS2DF2 forum on CompuServe (A) or developers may get access by calling Borland International at 1-800-344-4393.
 (A) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of the International Business Machines Corporation.
 (A) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of the following company: Btrieve (Novell, Inc.); dBASE, Paradox (Borland International, Inc.); DataPerfect (WordPerfect Corporation) SAS (SAS Institute).
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 ~CONTACT: Deborah Siegel of IBM, 702-791-9961 (Nov. 16-20) or 914-642-5377 (after Nov. 20)~
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