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KNOWLEDGEWARE AUTOMATES REVERSE ENGINEERING OF LEGACY APPLICATIONS FOR MIGRATION TO CLIENT/SERVER ENVIRONMENTS

 ATLANTA, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- KnowledgeWare, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: KNOW) today expanded its redevelopment suite of tools and services with NorthStar, a graphical PC-based reverse engineering tool for design recovery and managed migration of legacy systems to new technologies such as client/server environments.
 NorthStar captures critical and proven business logic from an organization's hundreds or thousands of existing programs and applications for incremental analysis, rationalization and migration to KnowledgeWare's market-leading Application Development Workbench (ADW).
 Once an existing system's design has been recovered and migrated to ADW, it can be redeployed for multiple client/server, midrange and mainframe environments. ADW is an integrated, model-driven environment for designing, developing, generating and maintaining industrial- strength applications.
 Donald P. Addington, KnowledgeWare president and chief operating officer, said: "Our robust suite of redevelopment tools and services enables an organization to manage its transition to client/server while leveraging its profound investments in legacy systems. Using NorthStar, organizations will not only be able to identify critical business processes embedded throughout its existing systems, applications and programs, but also harvest critical processes for reuse and transformation to client/server environments."
 The KnowledgeWare Redevelopment Solution includes a complete suite of tools, training, methodology and consulting for improving and accelerating the (1) maintenance, (2) rejuvenation, (3) reverse engineering and (4) re-implementation of existing mainframe and midrange applications.
 NorthStar automates application reverse engineering by recovering, analyzing and migrating existing applications into ADW for efficient enhancement and re-implementation in client/server environments. NorthStar runs under Windows 3.1 or Win-OS/2. It supports the reverse engineering of complete design models for COBOL process logic, copy books, CICS CALLS and SQL statements. In addition, it handles data components such as DB2 databases, tables spaces and views; DDL and SQL statements including cursors; VSAM files and sequential files; and BMS screen definitions.
 NorthStar tools include the object-based Application Repository which is an intermediate staging area where analysis, rationalization and migration of existing systems to ADW occurs. The Application Analyzer graphically diagrams the file flow of entire applications to identify dependencies throughout a system for isolation and reuse of critical portions. The Program Analyzer graphically diagrams the structure chart of a program.
 To assist analysts and developers throughout the redevelopment process, KnowledgeWare's ForeSight methodology provides tools and methods to help evolve existing systems as business needs change.
 KnowledgeWare jointly designed and developed NorthStar with Integrated Microcomputer Systems, Rockville, Md. NorthStar 1.0 will be available Dec. 15, and is priced at $24,000 for a single license, or $75,000 for five licenses.
 KnowledgeWare, Inc. is a worldwide leader in providing scalable application development tools and services for open, client/server computing environments. To date, the company has shipped more than 120,000 products to 5,000 companies in 49 countries, and had revenues in its fiscal year 1993 of $128.8 million. Revenues for the first three months ending Sept. 30 were $34.1 million.
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