Leading Accounting-Application Developers Demonstrate Microsoft Solutions at SoftEx Trade Show

CHICAGO, Sept. 11, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that numerous solution developers are committed to building financial-accounting applications for the Microsoft® Windows NT® Server network operating system and the Microsoft SQL Server®

Increasingly, corporate IS users are making Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server their platform of choice for running mission-critical, compute-intensive and high-bandwidth applications. In recognition of this, more and more Microsoft Solution Developers are offering their technologies for the Microsoft high-end server environment.

“Ultimately, users will be the ones experiencing the tremendous benefits from the relationships that Microsoft forms with its Solution Developers,”
said Holly Henson, accounting industry marketing manager at Microsoft.
“The enthusiasm for Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server from vendors in this industry has been extremely impressive.”

Financial-accounting solution vendors supporting a Microsoft platform include CODA Inc., Dun & Bradstreet Software Services Inc., FlexiInternational Software Inc., Great Plains Software Inc., Hyperion Software Corp., J.D. Edwards World Solutions Co., Macola Inc., Open Systems Inc., PeopleSoft Inc., Platinum Software Corp., SAP AG, SBT Corp., Solomon Software and State Of The Art Inc.

Most of these Solution Developers will feature their applications at the SoftEx in Accounting & Finance trade show, to be held Sept. 11 and 12 at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton.

Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server Internet-Enabled Products Featured

Microsoft’s enterprise accounting Solution Developers are experiencing increasing demand for products based on Windows NT Server and Microsoft SQL Server.

“We are convinced that Microsoft, with Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server, has created what will be the dominant platform in the midsized-business marketplace,”
said Dan Shapero, vice president and general manager of State Of The Art’s client/server division.
“By combining Microsoft architecture and tools with our financial experience, we’ve created a product that has a great chance of becoming the leading product in the marketplace.”

Other vendors agree.
“Microsoft BackOffice® is an ideal foundation for our distributed enterprise applications because it provides network services, a powerful database, Internet and intranet services, messaging and host connectivity,”
said Katarina Bonde, director of Windows NT channel development for Atlanta-based Dun & Bradstreet Software.
“During the past half year, I’ve seen a growing demand not only for Windows NT, but for every piece of the Microsoft BackOffice suite. We see customers who already are on Windows NT but who are now demanding Microsoft SQL Server because they see it as the leading database.”

Great Plains Software has also committed heavily to Microsoft solutions.
“We are betting our business that companies will continue to standardize on Microsoft platforms,”
said Tami Reller, director of marketing for the Dynamics C/S+ product line at Great Plains Software.
“Increasingly, companies are coming to us because they know that we are exclusively optimizing for Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server.”

This fall, Solomon Software is releasing Solomon IV optimized for Microsoft SQL Server.
“It’s absolutely critical for us to have Microsoft SQL Server capability,”
said Skip Reardon, director of marketing for Solomon Software.
“We believe that the market is moving toward Microsoft SQL Server, and we want to make sure customers have the ability to use Solomon IV with it.”

Platinum Software makes use of Microsoft technology to provide midsized companies and divisions of large corporations with best-of-breed client/server financial solutions.

“Platinum’s decision to make an early investment in Microsoft products has proven to be farsighted because Microsoft has since become a force in the client/server market,”
said Tim McMullen, chief technical officer and co-founder of Platinum Software.
“Because our software is native to Microsoft platforms, Platinum is able to use the technologies within the environment to provide our customers with cost-effective financial-accounting solutions that are standards-based and easy to use and that maximize system performance.”

In addition, many application developers are building Internet capabilities into their Windows® -based solutions.
“Our early adoption of an object-oriented development strategy based on the Microsoft Visual C++® development system and the Microsoft Foundation Class libraries uniquely positions us to exploit Microsoft ActiveX® technology to Internet-able our business applications to permit users to access, enter and distribute financial-accounting information through the World Wide Web,”
said Stefan R. Bothe, CEO and co-founder of FlexiInternational Software.

Vendors’ exhibits at SoftEx include the following:

CODA (booth # 525)

  • CODA Financials, optimized for Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server

Dun & Bradstreet (booth # 617)

  • SmartStream suite of business applications, optimized for Windows NT and integrated with the entire Microsoft BackOffice suite of products

(booth # 947)

  • FlexiFinancials suite of client/server financial management applications, for Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server

Great Plains Software (booth # 971)

  • Dynamics C/S+ suite of financial applications, optimized for Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server

Hyperion Software
(booth # 425)

  • Accounting modules, for Windows NT Server

Platinum Software (booth # 709)

  • Platinum SQL, certified on Microsoft BackOffice and optimized for Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server

  • Platinum for Windows, optimized for Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT

Solomon Software
(booth # 726)

  • Solomon IV for Windows suite of financial-accounting and operations modules for Windows NT

State Of The Art (booth # 313)

  • Acuity financial-accounting application suite, exclusively for Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server and integrated with Microsoft BackOffice products

  • MAS 90 for Windows 3.1 and Windows 95

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