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 SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Micro Decisionware (MDI), the industry pioneer and leader in providing Enterprise Information Framework Solutions, has announced the general availability of its Database Gateway(TM) for DB2, AIX version.
 This latest addition to the MDI Database Gateway family of products was announced in April, and entered beta in May. Pricing starts at $2,500 and varies according to the number of connections.
 "MDI's most distinguishing quality is its dedication to open systems," said company President and Chief Executive Officer Michael H. Forster. "Our products -- including this AIX Gateway -- are the most vendor-neutral in the industry, connecting more front-end applications to more back-end databases than anything else on the market. MDI now supports the industry's three key server platforms -- OS/2, Windows NT, and UNIX. This gives customers the freedom to choose those applications and databases best suited to their needs."
 The AIX Gateway was developed in response to the growing number of users with architectures based on UNIX servers and TCP/IP networks, who require the high performance associated with 32-bit processing, and the ability to accommodate high traffic loads. MDI plans to support other UNIX platforms, including SUN, H-P and NCR, as the market demands.
 According to Karry Keown, senior technology specialist for Nova Corporation of Alberta, "The AIX Gateway running on an RS6000 platform offers significant advantages in data throughput, connection limitations and ease of support. The combination of AIX and OS/2 Gateways provides us with an integrated DB2 access environment, allowing development of common client applications for both Macintosh and DOS/Windows platforms." Nova Corporation was a beta site for MDI's AIX Database Gateway. "My experiences in the beta test program for the AIX Gateway have been overwhelmingly positive," said Keown.
 Unmatched Direct Access to Relational and Non-Relational
 Data Sources
 The MDI Database Gateway for DB2, AIX version provides access from DB-Library and ODBC applications, enabling users to choose from more than 150 popular front-end tools. Additionally, MDI's recent agreement with Trinzic Corporation extends direct SQL access by users to non- relational data sources, which comprise more than 80 percent of the typical corporation's data store.
 Access, however, is just the starting point in making client-server a reality, according to Forster. "While MDI has led the way in that area, and currently boasts the largest installed customer base in the industry, it has moved on to address the other key elements of the enterprise information framework: copy management, warehouse management and framework management."
 The Database Gateway's "Transfer" function was the first step toward comprehensive copy management. The addition of Trinzic's InfoPump(TM) significantly enhances the transfer capability, allowing users to schedule and synchronize the movement of data between LAN DBMSs and mainframe databases.
 With its access and copy management solutions, MDI customers are able to implement warehouse solutions as well as distributed applications.
 "Results are all that matter in this business, and MDI is helping a third of the Fortune 1000 companies to achieve positive results that give them a competitive edge in the marketplace," said Forster. "As client-server matures, customers will require the kind of total enterprise structure and support that our Enterprise Information Framework is designed to deliver."
 MDI Continues to Lead the Way in Client-Server Computing
 Since its inception in 1980, MDI has become an international supplier of multi-platform database access tools. Its products are widely deployed in all industries including banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, retailing and government.
 Headquartered in Boulder, Colo., Micro Decisionware is a partnership company of Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE), a New York Stock Exchange company headquartered in Wayne, Pa.
 The Database Gateway is a trademark of Micro Decisionware. Other product names are registered and owned by their respective companies.
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 /CONTACT: Bruce Rosner, 215-251-1680, for Micro Decisionware, or Michelle Davis of Micro Decisionware, 303-443-2706/

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