HAHT’s E-Commerce Solutions Use Windows DNA Services To Rapidly Integrate Customers, Suppliers and Employees

REDMOND, Wash., and RALEIGH, N.C., May 12, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. and HAHT Software® Inc. today announced that the innovative HAHT
™
e-Scenario
™product line will follow the Microsoft® Windows® Distributed interNet Applications (Windows DNA) architecture. HAHT’s e-Scenario solutions are specialized Internet applications that simplify and distribute critical business processes from enterprise systems such as SAP R/3 and PeopleSoft, allowing direct interaction by customers, suppliers and employees. The combination of HAHT technologies with Microsoft Windows DNA services creates robust packaged solutions that improve customer service, supply chain efficiency and internal processes. The goal is to help customers achieve optimal return on investment (ROI) for their systems and significantly reduce operational costs.

“Packaging HAHT’s specialized e-commerce functionality as Windows DNA solutions provides an outstanding value for the customer,”
said Jigish Avalani, group manager of Windows DNA Marketing at Microsoft.
“Internet technology has forever changed the model for business relationships and interactions. We are pleased that Microsoft and HAHT can provide products that enable enterprise customers to quickly and effectively take advantage of the Internet economy.”

“To gain significant competitive advantage, organizations must focus on extending all enterprise relationships to the Web,”
said Rowland Archer, president and CEO of HAHT.
“Windows DNA provides flexible and robust services that will enable HAHT to continually expand our family of e-Scenarios in response to customer demands. Quality, security and scalability are extremely important to HAHT, as we have enterprise clients that are running more than 100,000 users through our systems.”

“To successfully extend an enterprise application like SAP R/3 to the Web, applications must perform well and scale to meet the demands of thousands of users,”
said Barry Wilderman, vice president, Application Delivery Strategies, META Group Inc.
“HAHT Software is able to better meet those demands by leveraging the features of the Microsoft Windows DNA architecture.”

About HAHT e-Scenarios

The HAHT e-Scenario product line allows for immediate, online deployment of frequently performed business functions, distilling complex ERP transactions into simple business scenarios that are customizable for each user. The HAHT approach builds on customers’ existing investment in SAP R/3, PeopleSoft and other enterprise systems to ensure performance, security and reliability.

Since HAHT’s launch of the e-Scenario product line in February 1999, many companies have chosen HAHT solutions – which are built on the Windows platform and utilize Windows DNA technologies including COM – to automate complex enterprise processes and push ahead of their competitors. Some of the companies utilizing this technology include Harmon Consumer Electronics, Lam Research, Printronix Inc., Respironics Inc., Sigma Aldrich Information Services, Sloan Valve, Tellabs Ltd. and US Print.

HAHT e-Scenarios rely on the HAHTsite® application server platform and development environment to seamlessly incorporate HAHT’s specialized services into a Windows DNA solution for executing distributed multitier business logic, secure content management, linear scalability and load balancing, 24×7 availability, packaged application delivery and other capabilities required to support demanding enterprise-class Internet applications.

“We are quite pleased with the capabilities of Windows DNA,”
said Michael Kelley, development vice president at HAHT.
“We are able to deliver high-performance solutions that scale up or down as appropriate for a given customer size and need.”

e-Scenario business objects for system integration, transaction management and connectivity are based on COM. The most widely adopted component model, COM runs on more than 150 million systems worldwide, speeds up the development process and offers developers the advantage of programming language independence. This allows developers to create COM components using familiar tools and languages, such as the Microsoft Visual Basic® development system, C++ and Java. HAHT solutions can be programmed in either the Java or Visual Basic languages. More information is available at http://www.haht.com/windowsdna.html .

About Windows DNA

Windows DNA is the distributed application development model for the Windows platform. It specifies how to develop robust, scalable, distributed applications using the Windows platform, extend existing data and external applications to support the Internet, and support a wide range of client devices maximizing the reach of an application. Windows DNA enables ISVs and organizations to solve industry-specific challenges, while lowering costs associated with deploying and managing information technology systems. More information on Windows DNA is available at Microsoft’s Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/dna/ .

About HAHT Software

HAHT Software is a privately held company headquartered in Raleigh, NC. HAHT provides the platform, services and solutions to enable the extension of enterprise business systems to the Web.

HAHT is the standard for extending SAP R/3 to the Web. HAHT’s key strategic alliance with SAP includes designation as one of four SAP Strategic Complementary Software Program Solution Partners, and as one of 17 SAP R/3 Development Partners. HAHT’s strategic business and technology alliance partners include Adobe, Asymetrix, BEA, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Sun.

Additional business and technology partnerships include enCommerce, Harbinger, Informix, MapInfo, NEON Systems and Netscape. HAHT’s implementation partners include Clarkston-Potomac, Deloitte Consulting, INC Group, Plaut Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SCS America and Softline, all of which use HAHT products in their Internet practices.

HAHT’s flagship product, HAHTsite, is the platform being used by hundreds of companies for their most challenging e-solutions. The HAHT e-Scenario product line provides adaptive, business-to-business applications for SAP R/3 environments. HAHT Professional Services Group (PSG) applies a process-oriented, RAD approach, along with a strong ERP understanding, to help companies quickly analyze their Web initiative issues, from planning to development and deployment.

HAHT Software has a global presence with offices and distributors throughout the world. Additional information on HAHT Software is available at http://www.haht.com/ .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for users to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Microsoft, Windows and Visual Basic are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

HAHT, HAHT Software, e-Scenario and HAHTsite are trademarks or U.S. registered trademarks of HAHT Software Inc.

Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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