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IMRS AND CHANNEL COMPUTING ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE ENHANCED BUSINESS INFORMATION APPLICATIONS

 IMRS AND CHANNEL COMPUTING ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP
 TO PROVIDE ENHANCED BUSINESS INFORMATION APPLICATIONS
 STAMFORD, Conn., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- IMRS Inc. (NASDAQ: IMRS), the leading vendor of network-based business applications, and Channel Computing, Inc. (CCI), the leading developer of data access and reporting tools, announced today a strategic alliance involving both companies' Microsoft Windows-based graphical information access products.
 The partnership agreement will enable IMRS to incorporate the SQL technology of CCI's Forest & Trees software into its IMRS OnTrack product. IMRS OnTrack is an application designed for corporate-wide graphical access to business information in a LAN environment. Forest & Trees is a powerful data access tool designed to retrieve information from a variety of databases. This partnership allows IMRS to provide corporate users with a single view of data from a broad range of sources. The integration of Forest & Trees into IMRS OnTrack will allow companies to better meet the information needs of executives, managers, and analysts, while retaining the familiarity and ease of use of a common Windows interface.
 "With the addition of this new module, IMRS expands its ability to deliver a true, enterprise-wide solution to corporate business needs, something no other company can do," said Gordon Rapkin, vice president of product development at IMRS. "It is this type of solution that is driving corporate computing decisions today and is fueling the stampede to hardware downsizing."
 A modified version of Forest & Trees for Windows will be available as an add-on module to IMRS OnTrack, providing live, direct access to more than 20 data sources on a variety of platforms -- PCs, minicomputers, and mainframes. For example, a corporate manager might need a report of production summaries residing in a database on a mainframe system and financial forecasts residing on a PC server. The new Forest & Trees module, scheduled for commercial release in early summer, will make this kind of information readily available.
 "With the growing popularity of Forest & Trees as a premier client-server application offering open connectivity to a wide variety of data sources, we believe that the combination of our products is an excellent example of how to deliver useful information to users," said Mark Klein, chairman of Channel Computing, Inc. "Since our two companies have many common customers around the world, it makes a lot of sense to deliver Forest & Trees and IMRS technology in a more integrated way."
 IMRS recently announced another new module to IMRS OnTrack, Interactive/MC, which provides live, direct access to Micro Control, IMRS' market leading business and financial information database. The combination of the two modules means users can obtain live information from virtually any source:
 -- SQL-compliant sources via Forest & Trees, such as the
 Microsoft SYBASE SQL server, Gupta SQLBase, Novell NetWare
 SQL, and ORACLE;
 -- Time series data with business intelligence contained within
 Micro Control; and
 -- Direct access to non-SQL data sources via Forest & Trees,
 such as spreadsheets (Lotus 1-2-3, Microsoft Excel),
 databases (R:BASE, Paradox, DataEase, dBASE, Q&A, Btrieve,
 etc.), ASCII files, binary files, DDE-accessed sources, and
 any applications which utilize these file formats, such as
 accounting systems.
 IMRS, headquartered in Stamford, Conn., is the leading vendor of business information applications that run on networks of personal computers. Major corporations use IMRS products to aggregate and disseminate an extensive array of business and financial data that is vital to managing large, complex enterprises. IMRS solutions combine the high volume and control characteristics of mainframe systems with the user interface and flexibility of PC LAN platforms.
 Products include: Micro Control, FASTAR and Hyperion for consolidation and management reporting; FinalForm for data collection; IMRS OnTrack for graphical access to business information; and Treasury Control for global treasury management. IMRS also offers a complete range of support and training services.
 Channel Computing Inc. (the developer of Forest & Trees) was founded in 1988 to develop products and services which provide people with better ways of putting data into and extracting information out of databases. Forest & Trees has been widely recognized as one of the most innovative new PC-based software products emerging in the GUI and client-server computing marketplace. Privately held and headquartered in Newmarket, N.H., Channel is venture capital funded.
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 /CONTACT: Cynthia Scher of IMRS, 203-321-3500; or Bill Arkell of Channel Computing, 603-659-2832; or Chad Sanborn of Miller Communications, 617-536-0470, for IMRS/
 (IMRS) CO: IMRS Inc.; Channel Computing ST: Connecticut, New Hampshire IN: CPR SU: JVN


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