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PLANET 7/WRQ TO INTEGRATE MAINFRAME WITH XML NETWORK.

Planet 7 Technologies Corp., a developer of e-commerce and enterprise application integration (EAI) infrastructure software based in Bothell, Wash., has signed a joint marketing agreement with WRQ Inc., a Seattle, Wash., provider of enterprise integration and connectivity software solutions.

As a new member of WRQ's EAI Alliance Program, Planet 7 and WRQ will jointly promote their combined solution for bridging the gap between closed, host-based applications and the growing universe of data and services offered on XML-enabled networks.

The combination of the WRQ(R) Apptrieve(TM) enterprise integration application (EAI) solution and the Planet 7 Technologies(TM) XML Network Server unlocks the data tied up in host-based enterprise systems. Together, the technologies connect this critical information to other XML-enabled applications, either within the company or with partners and customers across the Internet. The joint WRQ and Planet 7 solution also enables distributed applications to take advantage of important mainframe-based services. This high degree of interoperability is attained without requiring the point-to-point, hard-wired connections and extensive programming required by typical middleware solutions. Eliminating the need for middleware both speeds integration and lowers development and maintenance costs.

"Having built IT infrastructures on a foundation of mainframe systems, many companies are unwilling, and do not need, to throw years of system development away just to transition to Internet-enabled e-business," said Ralf Suerken, vice president and manager of WRQ's integration business unit. "Pairing WRQ Apptrieve with Planet 7's innovative network-based XML infrastructure offers an excellent path for integrating enterprise data and applications into an e-business network that also provides a path for future upgrades and enhancements."

Frequently operating for years as reliable, stand-alone systems, mainframe applications handle the unexciting yet critical business processes that keep the enterprise alive. WRQ Apptrieve encapsulates the input and output functions of host-based applications and makes the applications' data available through an XML-enabled network interface. Planet 7's client software intelligently routes that XML-formatted data to other participants in the XML network, and enables business processes running on other XML-aware systems to access and update the mainframe data.

"WRQ Apptrieve is an excellent complement to our infrastructure technology because it maps character-based, terminal-driven mainframe applications and presents them as network-ready XML sources without requiring any risky changes to the mainframe code," said Christopher Jones, chief technology officer of Planet 7 Technologies. "The XML Network Server takes the next step in making that data available to the entire network, enabling many-to-many connections to the data in a plug-and-play fashion."

The XML Network Server (XNS) is a native XML infrastructure technology modeled on the proven network paradigm of routers and hubs. The XNS software creates transactions spaces within a company's data flow, either internal or external. In these hubs, XML-based information is aggregated, updated, and simultaneously acted upon in a many-to-many XML "conversation." Changes are instantly routed to authorized parties both inside and outside the firewall. The server's Java-based architecture permits disparate enterprise applications to be quickly integrated via XML transport without requiring layers of middleware. This simplified architecture results in faster implementation with lower development costs, and better accommodates the inevitable infrastructure changes that occur over time.

For more information, call 425/939-7777 or visit http://www.planet7tech.com.
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Date:Dec 1, 2000
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