Microsoft and NEON Form Strategic Relationship To Enhance E-Commerce Integration

REDMOND, Wash., and DENVER, Nov. 30, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq
) and New Era of Networks Inc. (Nasdaq
“NEON” ) today announced a strategic relationship to jointly enhance and market e-commerce integration solutions based on Microsoft® platforms and NEON’s e-commerce Integration products. NEON is endorsing the Microsoft BizTalk TM Framework and BizTalk products and tools.

In addition, NEON is joining the BizTalk steering committee as a leading e-commerce integration vendor. Other leaders in technology, including American Petroleum Institute, Ariba Inc., The Baan Co., The Boeing Co., Clarus Corp., Commerce One Inc., Concur Technologies Inc., Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA), J.D. Edwards & Co., Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., Microsoft, Open Applications Group (OAG), PeopleSoft Inc., Pivotal Software Inc., RosettaNet and SAP AG serve as members of the committee.

“We are delighted that Microsoft and NEON are entering into this strategic relationship,”
said Charles Stevens, vice president of Microsoft’s Business Solutions Group.
“NEON’s expertise in Web-enabling existing business solutions, such as ERP and CRM applications, makes them a valuable addition to the steering committee.”

“This relationship with Microsoft represents our joint commitment to deliver pervasive e-commerce solutions to our respective customers,”
said Rick Adam, NEON’s chief executive officer.
“NEON is pleased to serve as a charter member of the BizTalk Steering Committee to accelerate the adoption of e-commerce standards that help companies automate business processes.”

In a related news release, “NEON Announces Windows-Based Biztalk Integration Solution,” NEON also announced its introduction of a new product that takes full advantage of the Windows® DNA platform and will tightly integrate with the BizTalk Server and Babylon products from Microsoft. NEON enables organizations to deploy scalable, Windows-based application integration to create business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) solutions from existing or legacy systems.

Introduced in March of this year, Microsoft BizTalk is a powerful cross-platform e-commerce framework that makes it easy for businesses to integrate applications and conduct business with trading partners and customers via the Internet. Microsoft will use the BizTalk Framework, in conjunction with other software companies and industry-standards bodies, to use XML to enable integration between businesses and across industries.

The BizTalk steering committee is a community of customers and standards groups created by Microsoft and supported by a wide range of organizations with the goal of driving the rapid, consistent adoption of XML to enable electronic commerce and application integration to build rich, new e-commerce solutions.

About New Era of Networks Inc.

New Era of Networks Inc. is the leading provider of e-commerce Integration software. Its products enable companies to share information and manage end-to-end business processes across Internet-facing e-commerce applications, packaged software such as ERP systems, and legacy applications. NEON has a rapidly growing base of 2,500 customers worldwide in a variety of industries including financial services, insurance, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications and hospitality. NEON has demonstrated that its products shorten implementations while providing performance and reliability, proven in some of the most demanding transaction processing environments in the world. NEON partners with most of the leading IT software and services providers including Microsoft, IBM, BEA Systems, BroadVision, Sun/Forte, Cambridge Technology Partners, CIBER, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Logica, NIWS (Japan), PeopleSoft and others. For more information, call (800) 815-6366 or visit NEON’s World Wide Web site at .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device.

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

New Era of Networks, Convoy/DM, MicroScript Server, MicroScript Workstation, the NEON logotype, NEONet, NEONweb, Neonsoft, NEON e-Biz Integrator and NEON Trading System are trademarks, and CL/7, MicroScript and Transaction Distribution Manager, TDM are registered trademarks of New Era of Networks Inc. and its subsidiaries.

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

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