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Sterling Software Delivers Web-Based Interface For IBM's Electronic Mail and Calendar System

VM:Webserver(TM) Connects OfficeVision/VM(R) with the World Wide Web

RESTON, Va., Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Sterling Software's (NYSE: SSW) VM Software Division, the recognized leader in VM systems management solutions, today released VM:Webserver for OfficeVision. VM:Webserver is a robust, high- performance World Wide Web server for the VM/ESA operating system. The OfficeVision extension to VM:Webserver provides a web browser interface for IBM's OfficeVision/VM electronic mail and calendar system which is accessed daily by more than eight million users. The product provides a user-friendly graphical alternative to OfficeVision/VM's native 3270 character-based interface.

Available today, the VM:Webserver for OfficeVision calendar interface allows users to manage their calendars, check colleagues' schedules, and arrange meetings through an intuitive, point-and-click interface. The electronic mail interface, available in Q1 1997, will also extend OfficeVision's E-mail features by allowing users to attach files to their notes.

According to Ira Machefsky, Vice President of Giga Information Group, "VM:Webserver for OfficeVision is an example of how the web is rejuvenating the old as much as revolutionizing the new. With Sterling's product, OfficeVision users around the world can gain a lot more utility from the E- mail and scheduling system they already have, without incurring a lot of additional costs."

Leveraging the Mainframe and the Web

With VM:Webserver for OfficeVision, customers benefit from a centralized mainframe environment which minimizes the costs of deployment, administration, and support. "Organizations can continue to take advantage of the robustness, scalability, and security that are hallmarks of both the VM/ESA mainframe environment and OfficeVision/VM, qualities that are essential for a true enterprise-wide office automation system," said Steve Harriman, Vice President of Marketing for Sterling's VM Software Division. "At the same time, they can leverage their existing investment in VM hardware, software, and people skills."

Availability and Pricing

VM:Webserver for OfficeVision's calendar interface is available today. The electronic mail interface will be available in Q1 1997. VM:Webserver for OfficeVision's price is based on CPU group size or on the number of OfficeVision/VM users; customers can select whichever pricing structure best meets their needs. The standard price for VM:Webserver for OfficeVision on a model group 40 is $25,300. The standard price for 2,501-5,000 users is $25,000. Special introductory pricing is available.

More About VM:Webserver

VM:Webserver is the base component in a family of web products designed to deliver the industry's most comprehensive solution uniquely tailored to the VM platform. VM:Webserver acts as a repository for home pages and documents created using HTML. It stores, retrieves, and processes information in various formats, including text, graphics, sound, image, video, Java, and ActiveX. Using the Common Gateway Interface (CGI), customers can easily write CGI scripts that provide graphical interfaces to existing mainframe applications, without expensive and time-consuming reengineering.

About the VM Software Division and Sterling Software Sterling Software's VM Software Division, provides comprehensive solutions for the VM operating environment. The VM:Webserver family of Internet/intranet products enables users to tap into corporate information using popular web browsers. VM:Vantage is an automated client/server storage management system that manages VM data storage from a Windows-based desktop. VM:Manager is an integrated systems management solution for storage management, automated operations, service level management, security, recovery, and Shared File System management.

Sterling Software is a leading worldwide provider of software products and services for applications management and systems management, as well as highly technical professional services for the federal government. The company is also an international distributor for certain Sterling Commerce, Inc. (NYSE: SE) products. Sterling Software, with its headquarters in Dallas, has a worldwide installed base of more than 20,000 customer sites and has 2,600 employees in 70 offices worldwide.

NOTE: VM:Webserver is a trademark of Sterling Software, Inc. OfficeVision/VM and IBM are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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