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Subject: OASIS member news: Infoteria Announces iCONNECTOR 2.0 for IBM's DB2

Infoteria Corporation Announces iCONNECTOR 2.0 for IBM's DB2 Universal Database
New version supports IBM's DB2 versions 6 and 7

BOSTON, Mass.  — Infoteria Corporation, the XML software company, announced today at XML World 2000 in Boston the availability of iCONNECTOR 2.0 for IBM's DB2 Universal Database.  iCONNECTOR 2.0 for DB2 is part of Infoteria's strategic initiative to support dominant, best-of-class technologies; currently IBM commands a leadership role in the relational database arena, with about 30% of the market.

iCONNECTOR provides bi-directional XML transformation for multiple databases (extracting existing data in the form of XML and storing XML data in a given database).  A graphical user interface (iRuleGenerator) supports mapping between XML tags and database fields specifying the XML import/export rules.  The product is ideal for multiple database environments; the same user interface can be used for a variety of platforms, so developers can rely on a single family of tools rather than disparate tools from multiple vendors.

iCONNECTOR is now available for not only for the latest version of DB2, version 7, but also for the previous version, V6.  For companies using DB2 V6, this means that they can take advantage of XML today without having to upgrade to IBM's latest version.

"IBM is aggressively selling DB2 into the business-to-business sector, a market in which XML is critical," commented Tim Browne, Infoteria's president and CEO in the US. "With iCONNECTOR for DB2 from Infoteria, which supports version 6 and 7, DB2 users will have a transparent migration path for leveraging the power and functionality of XML."

The new version of iCONNECTOR also includes several enhancements to improve performance and increase flexibility and ease-of-use.  In addition to being able to call iCONNECTOR as an executable with CGI scripts, iCONNECTOR 2.0 includes application programming interfaces (APIs) to support Java and Microsoft's Component Object Model.  Using the iCONNECTOR COM component, Visual Basic applications and Active Server Pages can take advantage of iCONNECTOR functionality.  By running as a service in the Windows environment, iCONNECTOR will provide improved performance in high-volume applications.

Another enhancement in the new version is that the rule file syntax of iCONNECTOR 2.0 is now fully compliant with the W3C XSLT 1.0 recommendation.  In addition, iRuleGenerator has been improved to make it easier to specify SQL queries for XML RDB definition mappings.  

In addition to DB2, the iCONNECTOR family of products also runs against the following databases:  Oracle 7, Oracle 8, Oracle 8i, MS SQL 7.0, MS Access 2000, MS Access 97, Lotus Notes R4.6, and Lotus Notes R5.

iCONNECTOR 2.0 will be shipping within the next 30 days.  The iCONNECTOR family of products is priced on a per server basis; customers receive two licenses, one for testing and one for production environments with each server license.  For a detailed price quotation, please send an e-mail to sales@infoteria.com

About Infoteria Corporation
Infoteria Corporation is a leading software design and development company focused on building and selling XML-based B2B eCommerce solutions that intelligently and profitably connect buyers and sellers.  The corporation offers a wide range of XML software tools, components and products, as well as the services and training necessary to implement end-to-end XML-based customer solutions.  

Infoteria partners include IBM, Microsoft, Toshiba, Oracle, Sun, Softbank, Toshiba, Hitachi and others.  Infoteria Corporation is a member of W3C and OASIS, with development centers in Tokyo and Boston. Additional information can be found on the web at http://www.infoteria.com and http://www.xml.com.

Press Contact:
Dana Erman
FitzGerald Communications Inc
(617) 494-9500

Company Contact:
Steve Martin
Infoteria Corporation
(978) 922-4029

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