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POWERSOFT CORPORATION TO ACQUIRE SDP, S.A. Addition of S-Designor Data Modeling Tool Extends Powersoft Enterprise Series.

CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 24, 1995--Powersoft Corporation announced today the execution of a definitive agreement to acquire SDP, S.A. of Suresnes, France. Powersoft expects to consummate the acquisition in May 1995, subject to customary closing conditions. Under terms of the agreement, SDP will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Powersoft. SDP president Serge Levy will report to David Litwack, president of Powersoft. The purchase price will be paid in cash and the transaction will be accounted for as a purchase. Further financial details were not disclosed.

SDP develops and markets S-Designor data modeling tools that empower users to design, maintain and reverse-engineer more than 40 databases, and integrate with major client/server 4GL tools. The addition of S-Designor to the PowerBuilder family of client/server application tools and services gives PowerBuilder users immediate, easy access to data modeling, a key component of the application development life cycle.

"The addition of SDP's superior data modeling technology to the PowerBuilder family is an important step in the expansion of PowerBuilder's capabilities for team development of high-performance client/server applications," said David Litwack, president of Powersoft. "Following the approach we employed with Watcom, SDP will continue to offer support for users of other 4GL and database products that rely on S-Designor's powerful capabilities. In addition, Powersoft intends to leverage SDP's recognized technical expertise to benefit PowerBuilder users."

"We are very pleased to have joined Powersoft, the leader in client/server application development," said Serge Levy, president of SDP. "The combination of PowerBuilder and S-Designor will benefit both existing and new members of our respective customer communities. We also look forward to continuing the development of S-Designor as an independent product, to support the diverse data modeling needs of our customers around the world."

"This is a good strategic move for both companies and their customers," said Judith Hurwitz, founder and president of the Hurwitz Consulting Group. "Powersoft gains immediate access to proven data modeling technology based on the Information Engineering standard, and SDP gains instant credibility in the market and added resources to accelerate its development efforts."

Powersoft plans to announce details of its long-range plans for tighter integration of the S-Designor technology at the Powersoft International User Meeting and Training Conference in June 1995.

The S-Designor Solution

S-Designor enables the user to conduct an efficient database design analysis in a fully integrated, two-step process, from the description of the business information structure into the complete definition of a database design. It also offers a fully integrated interface with the major client/server development tools, including PowerBuilder, SQLWindows, Progress, Omnis and Uniface.

S-Designor users start by creating a conceptual data model, from which the product generates a normalized physical data model describing tables and references. Once the physical model is complete, S-Designor creates the structure, such as tables, indexes and triggers (where supported) for more than 40 database systems, including Access, DB2, Informix, Watcom, Oracle, Paradox, RDB, Microsoft SQL Server and SYBASE System 10. S-Designor also enables the user to reverse-engineer an existing database, to ease maintenance of existing applications.

S-Designor is available in two major upward-compatible versions:

o S-Designor Professional -- for single users designing complex

systems with several interrelated applications or modules.

o S-Designor Corporate -- adds a central data dictionary for team

development of large projects.

Pricing and Availability(a)

Initially, S-Designor Professional will be bundled with PowerBuilder at an introductory price. The PowerBuilder Enterprise 4.0 for Windows/S-Designor Professional bundle is available immediately from Powersoft and its worldwide network of resellers and distributors for $5,495. Purchased separately, PowerBuilder Enterprise 4.0 for Windows is currently priced at $3,295, and S-Designor Professional currently has a list price of $2,995. The S-Designor Corporate edition currently retails for $3,495.

Based in Suresnes, France, SDP and its U.S. subsidiary, SDP Technologies, Inc. in Westchester, Illinois, develops and markets the S-Designor Series of powerful, easy-to-use database modeling tools. SDP is a privately held company. Both American and international sales has grown rapidly over the past two years, bringing the current number of SDP modeling tool users to more than 10,000 worldwide.

Headquartered in Concord, Mass., Powersoft, an independent subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., develops and markets the Powersoft Enterprise Series, the leading scalable family of client/server tools that encompasses the application development and information access needs of professional developers and end users across the enterprise. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, Powersoft's wholly owned subsidiary, Watcom, is a leading provider of high-performance compiler, database and other application development technologies.

(a) North American commercial list price in U.S. dollars -0-

PowerBuilder, Powersoft and the Powersoft logo are registered trademarks of Powersoft Corporation. Watcom is a trademark of Watcom International Corporation. S-Designor is a registered trademark of SDP Technologies, Inc. SYBASE and System 10 are trademarks of Sybase Inc. All other products mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or organizations.

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Rachael Stockton or Steve Casey

Powersoft Corporation Lois Paul & Partners

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