38 Leading Enterprise Development Tools Vendors Embrace Microsoft Visual Studio

38 Leading Enterprise Development Tools Vendors Embrace Microsoft Visual Studio

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 3, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that 38 leading enterprise development tools vendors endorsed the Microsoft® Visual Studio
development system and are creating value-added products for it that give corporate customers all the choices they need for flexible, reliable, mission-critical solutions that span the enterprise.

Leading tools vendors supporting Microsoft Visual Studio include new partners Unisys Corp., Intersolv Inc., Neuron Data Inc., Object Design Inc., SuperNova Inc., Micro Focus, Riverton Software Corp. and Usoft. Together with the 30 other vendors, they make up the industry’s largest group of its type to support and enhance an industry-standard development platform.

“This unprecedented support from the developer tools community is a welcome and solid endorsement for Microsoft Visual Studio,” said Tom Button, director of developer tools division marketing at Microsoft. “Our strategic alliance with major players in the enterprise arena ensures that our customers receive best-of-breed solutions for enterprise development. Working together with enterprise partners, we will continue our cooperative effort to jointly address all the needs of the corporate developer.”

Microsoft, Enterprise Partners Working Together to Deliver Premier Enterprise Solutions

As part of the cooperative effort between Microsoft and enterprise partners, Microsoft is sharing technical information on integration to Visual Studio and providing marketing support for value-added products that give corporate developers all the choices and elements they need to build enterprise applications.

This technical and marketing cooperation with Microsoft gives corporate developers increased reliability and interoperability between Visual Studio and the major tools designed for corporate development. This allows corporate developers to more readily and cost-effectively focus on solving their company-specific, business-critical problems.

Enterprise Partners Enable Corporate Developers to Build Total Enterprise Solution

Enterprise partners enhance the value of Visual Studio with products and services that customers need for enterprise solutions, including requirements management; analysis, design and modeling; component modeling and development; database development, design and reporting; legacy system connectivity and languages; testing and quality assurance tools; configuration and process management; deployment; and integrated development environment (IDE) extensions.

“Visual Studio is the central hub of Microsoft’s development platform,” said Mike Devlin, president of Rational Software Corp. “Rational’s solutions not only leverage the rich Visual Studio environment, but also extend it, providing customers the most complete software development solution available for building and maintaining mission-critical enterprise applications.”

“We had built the core commerce engine that we use with our clients on UNIX but wanted to move to Windows NT® ,” said Paula Collins, USWeb Corp. “The tight relationship between Microsoft and Object Design and the technical integration of two such robust technologies as Visual Studio and Object Design’s ObjectStore [object database for components in three-tier applications] provided a reliable and productive working environment that delivers a much faster time to market. In addition, ObjectStore’s enterprise capabilities allow us to handle thousands of simultaneous users with no degradation of performance.”

Enterprise Partners Support Visual Studio Use With Legacy Systems, Future Technologies

Enterprise partners, such as Attachmate Corp., Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. and Unisys Corp., offer products with which corporate customers can integrate legacy systems into their Microsoft enterprise platform solutions, as well as continue to preserve their investment in tools and systems as they adopt new technologies and standards. This ability to use Visual Studio over the long term is crucial to successful corporate planning and budgeting.

“Unisys support of Visual Studio for enterprise development is another example of how Unisys and Microsoft have joined to successfully move Windows NT into the enterprise,” said Mahendra B. Vora, vice president of enterprise software business initiative at Unisys. “Our interest in delivering highly scalable, enterprise class solutions on Windows NT Server makes Visual Studio an obvious environment of choice for building rich, multitiered applications, and we will incorporate its support in Unisys’ deliveries of IntegratePlus.”

Additional enterprise partners supporting Visual Studio include Sterling Software Inc., Rational Software Corp., PLATINUM technology inc., Digital Equipment Corp., Informix Software Inc., Popkin Software and Systems Inc., Seagate Software Inc., Rockwell Software Inc., Synon Corp., Wall Data Inc., Siemens Nixdorf Information Systems Inc., Attachmate, Softlab GmbH, POET Software Corp., Fujitsu, Cayenne Software Inc., CompuWare Corp.’s NuMega Labs, ASP Corp., Sybase Inc. with Visual Components Inc., ProtoView Development Corp., Parity Software Development Corp., Mercury Interactive Corp., LBMS Inc., Vigor Technology Inc., Vision Software Tools Inc., BlueSky Software Corp., Mortice Kern Systems Inc., SELECT Software Tools Inc., Crescent Division of Progress Software Corp., and Logic Works Inc.

Visual Studio is attracting widespread support from tools vendors and corporate customers because it is the first comprehensive set of tools with which customers can combine rapid advances in client/server technologies with multitier solutions and the broad reach of the Internet. Microsoft Visual Studio 97 is a complete development tools suite for enterprise development. Visual Studio 97 provides corporations with easy-to-use tools for building business applications for the Windows NT Server operating system, including client/server, multitier and Web-based solutions. Visual Studio 97 Professional Edition features the Visual Basic® development system 5.0, the Visual C++® development system 5.0, the Visual J++
development system for Java 1.1, Visual InterDev
™Web development system 1.0 and the Visual FoxPro® database development system 5.0. Visual Studio 97 Enterprise Edition additionally includes enterprise and team development features such as the Microsoft Repository, the Visual SourceSafe
version control system, Visual Modeler, Visual Database Tools, Visual Component Manager, and a development version of Microsoft SQL Server

The independent tools vendors are members of Microsoft’s unique Enterprise Development Tool Partners (EDP) program. A premier tier of the MSDN ISV program, the EDP program is a strategic alliance of Microsoft and vendors of enterprise development tools. Working with Microsoft, the enterprise partners deliver premier tools to corporate development customers, helping them build enterprise-class solutions with Visual Studio and the Windows

NT platform. For more information on Microsoft Visual Studio and the Enterprise Development Partners program, visit the Microsoft Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/edevpartner.

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