REDMOND, Wash. – December 3, 2002

CONNX Solutions Announces 8.8 Release

CONNX Solutions today announced the latest release of its industry-leading data access middleware product – CONNX 8.8. Included in CONNX 8.8 are a number of significant performance and feature enhancements. Support for an additional data source, VSAM VSE, which provides real-time, high-performance access to VSAM files under CICS partitions on the VSE operating system, has also been included in this release.

Direct support for Microsoft .NET technology also has been added to CONNX 8.8 with the introduction of a pure CONNX OLE DB Provider. Users will be able to achieve the performance of a native provider while writing their own applications in managed C# or VB .NET code.

The new release also includes a new product called the CONNX Data Synchronization Tool. The CONNX Data Synchronization software allows users to easily move enterprise data from any source location to any target data source. This Windows-based application employs a unique technique of hash keys to quickly detect when records are updated, deleted, or inserted. By storing these hash keys, along with the primary key of each record, in a separate CONNX private data store, the CONNX Data Synchronization tool performs incremental updates from source to target at a fraction of the usual, full update speed.

This tool is ideally suited for creating and maintaining data warehouses and data marts. Once the target source is populated, CONNX can be used with other tools for ad hoc reporting, application development, and Web development. This engine provides the flexibility of querying either against the data warehouse and data marts or against the live operational data sources.

“The new CONNX Data Synchronization Tool has already generated a lot of excitement among our existing customers. It is the first tool that makes data synchronization fast and simple,” said Larry McGhaw, Director of Product Development.

Tom Bennett from Brodart Corporation says, “The CONNX Data Synchronization tool  allows easy and quick synchronization of our legacy data with SQL Server. Once the data is in SQL Server we can take advantage of modern reporting tools. The CONNX Data Synchronization tools combined with modern reporting tools has empowered our users with information and reduced our report creation time from weeks to hours.”

Support for C-ISAM databases, which was included in the CONNX 8.7 release, has also been expanded to include Solaris 5.6 and above, as well as AIX 4.1 and above. Microfocus COBOL C-ISAM support has also been enhanced.

CONNX provides businesses secure read/write real-time access to all enterprise data from any platform as if all the data existed in one relational database. All data is then accessible using standard SQL and any standards-based application. CONNX acts as a reusable data access framework for projects throughout the enterprise. CONNX supports C-ISAM, VSAM, DB2, Oracle, RMS, RDB, PostGreSQL, DBMS, Dataflex, POWERflex, SQL Server, Sybase, Informix, and any OLE DB, ODBC or JDBC data source.

About CONNX Solutions
CONNX Solutions, Inc., with its flagship software product, CONNX, brings EAI/universal data access technology to over 3,000 organizations worldwide by enabling access to all enterprise data, regardless of origin, through one interface. The company maintains strategic relationships with industry-leading organizations including Microsoft Corporation; Oracle Corporation; Sybase Inc.; Informix; Computer Associates International, Inc.; IBM Corporation; and Compaq Computer Corporation. Founded in 1989, CONNX remains locally owned and managed through its headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. For more information, contact CONNX Sales at (425) 519-6600, or visit our Web site at .


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