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Press Release

Novell and BEA Systems, Inc. Complete Transition of  TUXEDO to BEA

Veteran TUXEDO Development and Marketing Teams Officially Join BEA

ORLANDO, FL, February 28, 1996 -- BEA Systems, Inc., provider of enterprise middleware solutions, today announced completion of the transition of Novell's TUXEDO-System to BEA, in accordance with the strategic partnership announced in January. TUXEDO is the market-leading open transaction management software used to develop and deploy multi-tier, client/server applications. BEA made this announcement today at the worldwide TUXEDO Users Conference it is sponsoring in Orlando, Florida, this week.

Under the terms of the strategic partnership, BEA is the exclusive developer and distributor of the TUXEDO System on UNIX, NT, and all non-NetWare platforms, and Novell will develop TUXEDO-based applications for NetWare. In addition, most Novell TUXEDO employees, including development and marketing personnel, have joined BEA, and BEA has assumed all contracts with TUXEDO partners, distributors, and customers. BEA has exclusive rights to the TUXEDO trademark.

The majority of the TUXEDO development team has officially transitioned to BEA. This group includes programmers who were members of the product's original AT&T development team who have worked with TUXEDO for more than a decade. A small core of TUXEDO developers will remain with Novell to continue development of TUXEDO capabilities for the NetWare environment.

In addition to the experienced development staff, BEA has acquired the TUXEDO management, marketing, and field marketing organizations. Joe Menard, vice president in charge of the TUXEDO Business Unit at Novell, will take a prominent position at BEA as vice president of product planning and strategy. These development and marketing groups will ensure that TUXEDO's leadership position is maintained, and that TUXEDO users clearly understand the future direction of the product.

BEA is the only company exclusively focused on enabling distributed mission-critical applications, based on enhanced transaction management technology and services. In mid-1995, BEA acquired Information Management Company (IMC) and Independence Technologies, Inc. (ITI), the two leading suppliers of enterprise-level TUXEDO systems, providers of professional services, and developers of management and connectivity software to support on-line transaction processing (OLTP) environments.

With the acquisitions of these two companies and the Novell strategic partnership, BEA has the resources and vision to provide TUXEDO customers and partners with the technology advances, professional services, and support they need to make their mission-critical distributed systems successful. BEA's long-term market vision and development plan will take customers well into the next generation of client/server technologies, including object-oriented and message-oriented middleware, and enabling expanded solutions in areas such as electronic commerce. BEA Systems, Inc.

BEA Systems, Inc., is a leading provider of enterprise middleware solutions. Founded in 1995, BEA's mission is to deliver a distributed application framework, using enhanced transaction management technology and professional services, to enable distributed mission-critical applications that can seamlessly work with both legacy and client/server environments. BEA is the developer and master distributor of TUXEDO on all operating systems other than NetWare and plans to continue building its solution set through development, partnerships, and acquisitions. BEA has acquired Information Management Company (IMC) and Independence Technologies, Inc. (ITI), in addition to the CICS-compatible software products from VISystems, Inc. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., BEA is venture funded by Warburg, Pincus Ventures, L.P.

Contact Information

Birdie Fenzel
BEA Systems, Inc.
408/542-4081
birdie.fenzel@beasys.com

Mary Cobb
Blanc & Otus
415/512-0500
mcobb@bando.com

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