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INTERSOLV MAINTENANCE WORKBENCH AVAILABLE FOR DESKTOP COBOL MAINTENANCE

 ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- INTERSOLV, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: ISLI), today announced general availability of the INTERSOLV Maintenance Workbench (MWB). The Maintenance Workbench expands the company's suite of desktop application development solutions to include maintenance of IBM COBOL applications.
 The Maintenance Workbench, operating under an IBM OS/2 Presentation Manager and/or Microsoft Windows LAN environment, is a comprehensive COBOL maintenance environment on the desktop. The Maintenance Workbench provides on-line research and query access to all application components, integrated documentation, and a "plug and play" environment for complementary tools to serve related functions such as editing, compiling, debugging, testing, and version control.
 "We foresee the start of a true megatrend -- moving COBOL maintenance off the mainframe and onto the desktop," stated Kevin Burns, CEO of INTERSOLV. "The blackbox' re-engineering solutions offered in the past have obviously not stopped the growth of maintenance expenditures relative to the overall IS budget. The Maintenance Workbench provides an environment which will finally allow maintenance organizations to begin an orderly and productive transition to the desktop. This will help IS organizations get maintenance costs and response times under control, increase the developer's span of control, and allow managers the flexibility to reallocate personnel resources."
 The Maintenance Workbench addresses three primary issues -- research, documentation, and integration with current and future maintenance processes. Research is conducted on an application-wide basis with the programmer/analyst having full on-line access to components cross-referenced across the entire application. During research activities, application documentation is automatically recorded to provide current and future programmers enhanced application understanding. The Maintenance Workbench is able to snap into current 3270 environments, and then expand functionally as the customer moves to a more robust desktop maintenance environment.
 "INTERSOLV's Maintenance Workbench is the first product we've seen that allows us to start moving maintenance off the mainframe. We're able to define the desktop environment in a way that maintains the integrity of our software development procedures," said Alan Paylor, project director, First Data Corporation.
 The INTERSOLV Maintenance Workbench, priced at $5,000 per seat, is the newest offering in INTERSOLV's suite of desktop development solutions for the delivery of high impact, on-time systems. INTERSOLV's desktop solutions address the full life cycle of application development including Software Configuration Management, Maintenance of Legacy Systems, Requirements Analysis and System Design, and Prototyping/Application Generation.
 INTERSOLV customers number more than 140,000 software professional at over 10,000 sites worldwide. INTERSOLV headquarters are located at 3200 Tower Oaks Blvd., Rockville, Md. 20852; phone 301-230-3200, fax 301-881-4808. INTERSOV International headquarters are located in the United Kingdom; phone 44-0727-812-812.
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 /NOTE: INTERSOLV and INTERSOLV Maintenance Workbench are trademarks of INTERSOLV, Inc. All other products are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies./
 /CONTACT: Larry Death, manager, public relations, 301-230-3228, or Frank Hanou, director, product management, 301-230-3298, both of INTERSOLV/
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