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 BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Micro Decisionware (MDI) today announced the availability of its Database Gateway(TM) for SQL/400 with DRDA (IBM's Distributed Relational Database Architecture).
 The Gateway runs on an OS/2 platform and provides AS/400 access from a broad range of development, query and spreadsheet applications written to the industry standard DB-Library and ODBC APIs. Pricing starts at $18,500.
 Company Creates Indirect Sales Channel to Supplement Efforts of Direct Sales Force
 To support its first entry into the midrange computing market, MDI is creating a new indirect sales channel consisting of a select group of regional distributors across the United States. According to MDI President Michael H. Forster, "The opportunity to distribute MDI's Database Gateway for SQL/400 and other MDI products has generated enormous interest from systems integration and consulting firms around the country. These firms view MDI's feature-rich product suite and vendor-neutral architecture as essential to their customers. They are now working to establish formal relationships with us."
 Among MDI's first distributors are AGS, a NYNEX company and one of the nation's largest system integration companies, and Enterprise Computer Services, an international consulting firm.
 "AGS specializes in helping organizations move from mainframe to distributed systems," said company Vice President Paul Kavanagh. "MDI's Database Gateway allows us to offer customers a variety of alternatives as they make the migration to client-server systems."
 Michael Stephenson, Enterprise Computer Services' vice president of technical services, commented, "We're committed to providing an integrated set of building block technologies to address the needs of corporate clients, enabling them to become more competitive and profitable. MDI's rich set of functions for data access and copy management, along with its open interface and proven track record, made it an obvious choice for our company when assembling the building blocks for a Data Warehouse."
 MDI Means Freedom of Choice and Architectural Flexibility to Customers
 "The hallmark of MDI's vendor-neutral Enterprise Information Framework is the customer's freedom to choose the front-end applications. LAN-based and mainframe DBMSs best suited to their business needs," said Forster. "Customers tell us this freedom of choice and the architectural flexibility it affords them is critical to their ability to remain competitive in today's rapidly changing environment."
 The SQL/400 Gateway enables end-users and application developers at organizations operating in the AS/400 world to access AS/400 data from the more than 150 popular front-end tools written to the industry standard ODBC and DB-Library APIs. They can also transfer data between AS/400 and other enterprise data sources including DB2, SQL/DS, SQL Server, and Oracle."
 Release Completes MDI Support of DRDA Across Key Platforms
 The Database Gateway for SQL/400 with DRDA is the final component in MDI's product support of IBM's DRDA protocol. MDI Database Gateways for SQL/DS with DRDA and DB2 with DRDA were released in May and July, respectively.
 IBM's Distributed Relational Database Architecture (DRDA) is a common set of protocols used to permit Systems Application Architecture (SAA) databases to communicate with each other.
 MDI's Enterprise Information Framework: Access and Much More
 Enabling organizations to access enterprise data -- both relational and non-relational -- wherever it may be stored is a key first step in implementing real-world client-server systems according to MDI. But Access Management, while a core technology, is just the first step. End-users must be able to move data bi-directionally from server to server, all the while keeping it synchronized and secure. MDI calls this Copy Management and introduced this capability with the Transfer facility of the Database Gateway. Its recent incorporation of Trinzic's InfoPump(TM) now enables users to schedule and synchronize the movement of data between LAN RDBMSs and mainframe databases. Data in AS/400 can be combined with a wide range of heterogeneous data sources such as DB2, SQL/DS, SQL Server, Oracle and DB2/2.
 MDI: The Choice of a Third of the Fortune 1000
 Since its inception in 1980, MDI has become an international supplier of multi-platform enterprise information management tools. The company is the industry leader in providing enterprise information solutions, with a customer base including nearly one-third of the Fortune 1000. Its products have gained widespread acceptance in all industry groups including banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, energy, retailing and government and have been deployed by companies as diverse as Chemical Bank, 3M, ARCO, The Prudential, Towers Perrin and General Mills.
 Headquartered in Boulder, Micro Decisionware is a partnership company of Safeguard Scientifics, a New York Stock Exchange company headquartered in Wayne, Pa.
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