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IBM EXTENDS DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING CAPABILITIES WITH APPLE & SYSTEM STRATEGIES; ENABLE MULTI-VENDOR COMMUNICATIONS FOR IMPROVED COMPUTING

 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new software products that provide customers with improved access to and sharing of information on a variety of computing environments. The new products allow companies that rely on rapid processing of transactions, such as banks, manufacturers and distributors, the flexibility to pass data easily between IBM and non-IBM systems.
 The products include new software that will enable IBM transaction processing customers to connect PCs and Apple Macintosh(B) computers into local area and wide area networks (LANs and WANs) to share information and computing tasks for more efficient use of resources.
 Today's announcements will allow customers to operate client/server- based local area networks (LANs), which bring network resources easily and transparently to groups of desktop users. The broadening of client/server capabilities within IBM transaction processing systems will give customers greater flexibility in choosing the right computing platform to process and manage applications -- whether PC, workstation, midrange or mainframe.
 IBM also began marketing new networking and middleware products -- software that operates between applications and networks -- that simplify the communication between programs and allow customers to easily pass information across networks consisting of computers from different vendors.
 As a result of these announcements, customers will be able to process mission critical transactions such as bank ATM programs or store credit approval systems efficiently across client/server networks.
 "Today's announcements clearly demonstrate IBM's commitment to provide customers with client/server solutions that make it easier to manage and support mission-critical operations," said Phyllis Byrne, Director of the Hursley (UK) Laboratory, IBM Networking Systems. "These new products make it easier for customers to leverage their existing investments in IBM transaction processing systems, while making it possible to implement new multi-vendor, network computing environments."
 Today's announcements include:
 -- IBM's Customer Information Control System (CICS(A)) transaction management system is now available for the OS/2(A) Version 2 environment. CICS OS/2 Version 2 enables users to enhance the flexibility of the LAN and to link with other systems in the enterprise to support mission-critical and general business on-line transaction processing applications.
 -- CICS client support for Apple Macintosh computers, which provides traditional Macintosh ease-of-use to IBM OS/2-based multi-vendor, client/server-based transaction processing environments.
 -- The IBM Messaging and Queuing Series (MQSeries(A)) products provide customers with the capability to develop fast, flexible, distributed applications for client/server environments. MQSeries products insulate users and applications from many of the complexities associated with networking to enable intega?tion of information across a distributed network to connect diverse departmental systems and a wide range of IBM and non-IBM platforms.
 On March 16, IBM announced that it is now marketing ezBRIDGE(C) Transact, developed by Systems Strategies Inc. ezBRIDGE Transact communications software assures delivery of message data between applications running in multi-platform computing environments, and is a base available today from which a seamless transition to MQSeries may be made.
 IBM's Networking Systems Laboratory in Hursley, England, has the worldwide mission for transaction systems, including Customer Information Control System (CICS) and the Messaging and Queuing Series (MQSeries) product family.
 (A) -- Indicates a trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machine Corp.
 (B) -- Indicates a trademark or registered trademark of Apple Computers.
 (C) -- Indicates a trademark or registered trademark of Systems Strategies Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Marianne Rigo of Brodeur & Partners, 617-894-0003, or Dennis Drogseth of IBM, 914-642-4618/
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