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Software AG Enhances ApplinX(TM) Legacy Modernization Tool; Version 5.1 of ApplinX Further Supports SOA by Letting Users Create Web Services from Legacy Terminal Screens and Then Register Those Services in a UDDI Registry.

RESTON, Va. -- Software AG today announced enhancements to ApplinX(TM), a software tool that extends valuable legacy systems to the Web and to a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). Software AG's ApplinX version 5.1 has been upgraded to enable faster and easier creation of Web-based applications and Web services based on legacy applications on Mainframe and iSeries platforms. Specific upgrades to ApplinX version 5.1 include "no-coding-required" Web screen creation, the ability to invoke external Web services and the ability to register Web services in any UDDI compliant registry.

ApplinX lets users combine multiple screens into a single Web page, and automatically generates Web components and Web services based upon XML, SOAP and WSDL standards. These components and services are compatible with Java and .NET(R) environments, and can be readily incorporated into an SOA. New capabilities supported by ApplinX version 5.1 include:

--UDDI registration of Web services - the ability to publish a Web service in any UDDI registry, including Software AG's recently announced CentraSite(TM) registry and repository. CentraSite includes a UDDI v3.0 compliant registry.

--Web screen creation without coding - An intelligent transformation function that recognizes repeating patterns across (potentially) thousands of green screen interfaces and automatically transforms them into modern Web interfaces.

--Invoking external Web services - the ability to bring an externally-created Web service into new applications based on the "flow" of procedures that ApplinX creates by combining multiple terminal screens.

"ApplinX provides the simplest and most convenient way to create powerful Web services from a legacy system, which can then be used in a Service-Oriented Architecture," said Joe Gentry, vice president of Enterprise Transaction Systems for Software AG. "Once they experience how quickly and easily they can personally create these Web services - without having to learn Java, HTML, .NET(R) or legacy code - our customers realize the potential to deliver rapid results to their business users while planning for a long-term SOA strategy."

Software AG customers currently using ApplinX to create Web components and Web services include:

--Tulsa County Government, in the United States, improved access to county property records and legal documents and saved an estimated $300,000 by choosing to modernize instead of replace the legacy system;

--WienIT, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Public Utilities Holding Company for the city of Vienna, Web-enable their COBOL-based personnel administration system across 425 different locations (1,250 users).

Rudolf Muehlberger, Personnel Systems Manager for WienIT said, "ApplinX opened up a very economical option for us--to continue to take advantage of our personnel information system's time-tested and valued functionalities while simultaneously fulfilling end user demands for ease of use."

Product Availability

Software AG's ApplinX version 5.1 is shipping now, and is priced with a flexible usage model that scales as customer implementations scale. Additional enhancements to ApplinX version 5.1 include improved installation and "flow" procedures, as well as general availability of Natural Data Upload / Download and BS2000 Telnet Interface capabilities. Visit www.softwareag.com/Corporate/products/applinx/product/default.asp.

About Software AG, Inc. (North America)

Software AG, Inc. is based in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area and provides enterprise-class data management and integration solutions to customers in sectors such as local, state and federal government, insurance and public retirement. Software AG, Inc.'s customers include American Fidelity Assurance Company, National Gypsum Company, The California State Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS), American Community Mutual Insurance Company, New York City Department of Buildings, Export Development Canada, Tulsa County Government and the US Export-Import Bank.

Software AG, headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, provides a full range of products and services to deliver a service-oriented architecture (SOA) IT infrastructure, based on over thirty-five years experience in high-performance databases, application development tools and integration technologies. Its technology offers process driven integration through legacy modernization and SOA based integration. Software AG helps its customers to achieve a competitive advantage through flexible and adaptive business processes based on fast and easy integration of existing IT assets. It supports the mission-critical systems of over 3,000 customers globally. Software AG is represented in around 70 countries with more than 2,700 employees. It is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0003304002 / SOW). In 2005 Software AG posted EUR 438 million in total revenue. www.softwareag.com.

Software AG and/or all Software AG products are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Software AG. All other product and company names mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only, and may be the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.
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