• Subject: Fwd: IBM Press Release: IBM Announces Third Release of Industry-
  • From: DAsmussen@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 16:50:57 EDT

Here's a little traffic that came my way today...

 IBM Announces Third Release of Industry-Leading SanFrancisco
 Application Components
 
 
      Armonk, NY, September 29, 1998 . . . Today IBM announced
 the third release of its IBM SanFrancisco* application business
 components for Java**.  With this new release developers can now
 rapidly build Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable applications,
 as well as simultaneously track transactions in multiple currencies,
 which is essential for applications that support the new Euro
 currency.
      In addition, IBM has expanded platform support and made
 performance and usability enhancements to previously released
 SanFrancisco application components.  IBM SanFrancisco is a
 Java-based collection of components that allows developers to
 assemble applications from existing parts, rather than build
 from scratch.
 
 Release 1.3 Features and Additional Platform Support
      The SanFrancisco Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable
 framework provides a sound architecture and extensible,
 object-oriented implementation.  As a result, developers can
 build financial applications much quicker and easier.  The
 framework supports features such as ledger types, ledger
 accounts, log items, ledger items, installments, collection
 documents, allocations, payments and revaluation.
      The new Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable framework
 tightly integrates with the General Ledger framework that
 IBM shipped with its initial release last year.  Both General
 Ledger and Accounts Payable/Receivable, like all SanFrancisco
 frameworks, are Year 2000-ready.
      Previously available on AIX*, Windows NT** and OS/400*,
 SanFrancisco has expanded platform support to include Sun
 Solaris**, HP-UX** and Siemens Reliant UNIX** platforms using
 the Oracle database to provide single phase transaction support.
      "IBM's SanFrancisco is unique in the industry.  No other
 company today offers software developers and enterprise customers
 pre-tested, reusable Java components that provide the basis for
 rapidly building e-business applications with content from IBM
 and our partners," said John Swainson, general manager,
 Application and Integration Middleware, IBM Software Group.
 "SanFrancisco enables developers to compete more effectively
 in today's marketplace, while broadening their market
 opportunity."
 
 SanFrancisco, WebSphere and VisualAge for Java: A Winning
 Combination
      Recent announcements from IBM have created an unmatched
 portfolio of products to build, deploy and manage e-business
 applications.  Last week IBM announced the integration of its
 industry-leading transactional server technologies into a
 unified WebSphere* family of Web application servers.
      The expanded WebSphere family brings together the Web
 server, transaction processing, Web commerce and distributed
 component technologies of IBM's WebSphere Application Server,
 TXSeries*, Net.Commerce* and Component Broker* products.  The
 family of WebSphere Application Servers is designed to meet the
 different needs of customers building e-business applications,
 from simple Web publishing to enterprise-scale transaction
 processing.
      IBM's VisualAge* for Java development tool is the only
 integrated Java development environment that supports the
 development of Java applications that can scale from Windows NT
 to OS/390* enterprise servers.  VisualAge for Java V2.0 also
 incorporates authoring "wizards" that are custom-built for working
 with SanFrancisco business components, making it simpler for
 developers to extend SanFrancisco frameworks to business
 applications.
      IBM SanFrancisco offers customers pre-tested, reusable
 components that provide application content to deploy on any
 of these servers.  Since this entire product line is built on
 Java and converging to support the Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB)
 programming model, customers will be able to easily move an
 application "upstream" as their quality of service requirements
 dictate.
 
 SanFrancisco Enhancements to Existing Frameworks
      Each element of SanFrancisco -- the Foundation, Common
 Business Objects, Graphical User Interface (GUI) Framework,
 General Ledger, Warehouse Management and Order Management
 frameworks -- have been enhanced. Highlights of these
 enhancements include:
 * Faster performance by implementing reduced path length in
  Foundation
 * Usability continues to be a focus area for Release 1.3.
  Examples include several GUI framework enhancements, additional
  documentation, and additional samples that demonstrate
  SanFrancisco function and usage
 * Additional Common Business Objects JavaBeans samples, along
  with a component catalog and authoring "wizards" to enable
  developers to easily generate JavaBeans
 * New functions added to Order Management framework:  support for
  back-to-back orders, quotes, replanning, shipment, stock
  movement, credit sales, multi-client support, and direct sales
 * Warehouse Management framework adds new function to support
  quality control, replanning, shipment, stock take, multi-client
  support, and "product kit" definitions
 
      All elements of SanFrancisco, including the new Accounts
 Payable/Receivable framework, feature run time National Language
 Support for English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.
 
 Enhanced Support and Educational Resources
      In addition, 18 months of technical support is now provided
 to new Solution Developers (ISVs) as well as 12 months of technical
 support to all new end-user customers at no charge.
      IBM provides a range of educational courses to help
 developers gain familiarity with both object oriented programming
 in Java, and how to reap the most benefit from working with
 SanFrancisco.  IBM offers partners these courses through its
 worldwide Solution Partnership Centers, as well as at new
 San Francisco Technology Centers that have been established in
 LaHulpe, Belgium, Austin, TX, and Tokyo, Japan.  Information about
 class schedules and course materials are available online at
 http://www.ibm.com/java/sanfrancisco.
      Additionally, several examples of integrating SanFrancisco-
 built applications with Lotus* products are available from SF
 Technical Marketing Support.  To request these materials, send
 an e-mail to sanfran@us.ibm.com.
 
 Future Directions and EJB Support
      As with all its middleware and server products, IBM will
 migrate SanFrancisco to support EJB, as the specification
 continues to take shape.  This will allow SanFrancisco business
 objects, frameworks and applications to run on a wide range of
 server infrastructures in addition to the SanFrancisco Foundation
 infrastructure, and the WebSphere family of Web application servers.
      Developers can begin building distributed applications using
 SanFrancisco today.  As EJB matures to offer function equivalent
 to SanFrancisco, IBM will add native interfaces to SanFrancisco,
 making it possible to easily migrate SanFrancisco applications
 to an EJB base.
 
 About IBM SanFrancisco
      IBM SanFrancisco application business components have been
 designed and built in the marketplace in cooperation with leading
 software vendors from around the world.  Over 6,000 companies
 have downloaded the evaluation code that is available on our web
 site, and over 700 of those companies have entered into licensing
 agreements.  The first SanFrancisco-built applications have already
 begun hitting the market, and many more are expected to be delivered
 in the next 6 months.
      With the delivery of Release 3, SanFrancisco offers developers
 roughly 750,000 lines of Java code to give them a significant head
 start in building line of business server applications.  This code
 is comprised of over 800 components that provide the structure,
 interrelationships and default business logic for developers to use
 to accelerate application development.  No other company offers a
 shipping product that provides developers with as rich a collection
 of components for building e-business applications.
      SanFrancisco frameworks currently available include:  Foundation
 for Distributed Applications, Common Business Objects, General Ledger
 Framework, GUI Framework, Warehouse Management Framework, Order
 Management Framework, and now Accounts Payable/Receivable.  For
 additional information regarding IBM SanFrancisco, visit the Web
 site http://www.ibm.com/java/sanfrancisco.
 
 About IBM
      IBM is the world's largest information technology company,
 with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate.  IBM
 Software offers the widest range of applications, middleware and
 operating systems for all types of computing platforms, allowing
 customers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business.
 The fastest way to get more information about IBM software is
 through the IBM Software home page at http://www.software.ibm.com.
 More information about IBM's Java initiatives can be found on the
 Web at http://www.ibm.com/java.
 
 #   #   #
 
  * Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International
       Business Machines Corporation.
 ** Java and Enterprise JavaBeans are trademarks or registered
       trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.   All other trademarks
       are owned by the respective company.


IBM Consultant Relations


DATE:          September 30, 1998

SUBJECT:       IBM Press Release:  IBM Announces Third Release of
               Industry-Leading SanFrancisco Application Components


Yesterday IBM announced the third release of SanFrancisco
application business components.  SanFrancisco makes it
simpler  for people to build and buy network-aware applications.
It masks a lot of the complexity of the underlying "plumbing"
for developers and delivers application functionality that
developers are looking for.  IBM has a roadmap for our customers,
to help them understand what they need to get started in
e-business and how to scale their applications as they become
more and more immersed in this new way of doing business.  We
call it the "e-business Application Framework."  SanFrancisco
fits into the framework by offering customers pre-tested, reusable
components to build application content to deploy on any of the
WebSphere servers.  SanFrancisco is integrated with VisualAge
for Java,  IBM's award winning Java IDE  which includes authoring
"wizards" for San Francisco business components.  Please see the
attached press release for additional information.  With this
announcement IBM continues to deliver Java solutions for the real
world.

If you have any questions, please contact our Consultant Relations
Response Center at (800) IBM-4046 / (416) 383-5153 or via e-mail:
consrel@us.ibm.com.


PRESS RELEASE


Contact:     Consultant Relations Response Center
             Phone:     (800) IBM-4046
             Internet:  consrel@us.ibm.com


IBM Announces Third Release of Industry-Leading SanFrancisco
Application Components


     Armonk, NY, September 29, 1998 . . . Today IBM announced
the third release of its IBM SanFrancisco* application business
components for Java**.  With this new release developers can now
rapidly build Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable applications,
as well as simultaneously track transactions in multiple currencies,
which is essential for applications that support the new Euro
currency.
     In addition, IBM has expanded platform support and made
performance and usability enhancements to previously released
SanFrancisco application components.  IBM SanFrancisco is a
Java-based collection of components that allows developers to
assemble applications from existing parts, rather than build
from scratch.

Release 1.3 Features and Additional Platform Support
     The SanFrancisco Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable
framework provides a sound architecture and extensible,
object-oriented implementation.  As a result, developers can
build financial applications much quicker and easier.  The
framework supports features such as ledger types, ledger
accounts, log items, ledger items, installments, collection
documents, allocations, payments and revaluation.
     The new Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable framework
tightly integrates with the General Ledger framework that
IBM shipped with its initial release last year.  Both General
Ledger and Accounts Payable/Receivable, like all SanFrancisco
frameworks, are Year 2000-ready.
     Previously available on AIX*, Windows NT** and OS/400*,
SanFrancisco has expanded platform support to include Sun
Solaris**, HP-UX** and Siemens Reliant UNIX** platforms using
the Oracle database to provide single phase transaction support.
     "IBM's SanFrancisco is unique in the industry.  No other
company today offers software developers and enterprise customers
pre-tested, reusable Java components that provide the basis for
rapidly building e-business applications with content from IBM
and our partners," said John Swainson, general manager,
Application and Integration Middleware, IBM Software Group.
"SanFrancisco enables developers to compete more effectively
in today's marketplace, while broadening their market
opportunity."

SanFrancisco, WebSphere and VisualAge for Java: A Winning
Combination
     Recent announcements from IBM have created an unmatched
portfolio of products to build, deploy and manage e-business
applications.  Last week IBM announced the integration of its
industry-leading transactional server technologies into a
unified WebSphere* family of Web application servers.
     The expanded WebSphere family brings together the Web
server, transaction processing, Web commerce and distributed
component technologies of IBM's WebSphere Application Server,
TXSeries*, Net.Commerce* and Component Broker* products.  The
family of WebSphere Application Servers is designed to meet the
different needs of customers building e-business applications,
from simple Web publishing to enterprise-scale transaction
processing.
     IBM's VisualAge* for Java development tool is the only
integrated Java development environment that supports the
development of Java applications that can scale from Windows NT
to OS/390* enterprise servers.  VisualAge for Java V2.0 also
incorporates authoring "wizards" that are custom-built for working
with SanFrancisco business components, making it simpler for
developers to extend SanFrancisco frameworks to business
applications.
     IBM SanFrancisco offers customers pre-tested, reusable
components that provide application content to deploy on any
of these servers.  Since this entire product line is built on
Java and converging to support the Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB)
programming model, customers will be able to easily move an
application "upstream" as their quality of service requirements
dictate.

SanFrancisco Enhancements to Existing Frameworks
     Each element of SanFrancisco -- the Foundation, Common
Business Objects, Graphical User Interface (GUI) Framework,
General Ledger, Warehouse Management and Order Management
frameworks -- have been enhanced. Highlights of these
enhancements include:
* Faster performance by implementing reduced path length in
 Foundation
* Usability continues to be a focus area for Release 1.3.
 Examples include several GUI framework enhancements, additional
 documentation, and additional samples that demonstrate
 SanFrancisco function and usage
* Additional Common Business Objects JavaBeans samples, along
 with a component catalog and authoring "wizards" to enable
 developers to easily generate JavaBeans
* New functions added to Order Management framework:  support for
 back-to-back orders, quotes, replanning, shipment, stock
 movement, credit sales, multi-client support, and direct sales
* Warehouse Management framework adds new function to support
 quality control, replanning, shipment, stock take, multi-client
 support, and "product kit" definitions

     All elements of SanFrancisco, including the new Accounts
Payable/Receivable framework, feature run time National Language
Support for English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.

Enhanced Support and Educational Resources
     In addition, 18 months of technical support is now provided
to new Solution Developers (ISVs) as well as 12 months of technical
support to all new end-user customers at no charge.
     IBM provides a range of educational courses to help
developers gain familiarity with both object oriented programming
in Java, and how to reap the most benefit from working with
SanFrancisco.  IBM offers partners these courses through its
worldwide Solution Partnership Centers, as well as at new
San Francisco Technology Centers that have been established in
LaHulpe, Belgium, Austin, TX, and Tokyo, Japan.  Information about
class schedules and course materials are available online at
http://www.ibm.com/java/sanfrancisco.
     Additionally, several examples of integrating SanFrancisco-
built applications with Lotus* products are available from SF
Technical Marketing Support.  To request these materials, send
an e-mail to sanfran@us.ibm.com.

Future Directions and EJB Support
     As with all its middleware and server products, IBM will
migrate SanFrancisco to support EJB, as the specification
continues to take shape.  This will allow SanFrancisco business
objects, frameworks and applications to run on a wide range of
server infrastructures in addition to the SanFrancisco Foundation
infrastructure, and the WebSphere family of Web application servers.
     Developers can begin building distributed applications using
SanFrancisco today.  As EJB matures to offer function equivalent
to SanFrancisco, IBM will add native interfaces to SanFrancisco,
making it possible to easily migrate SanFrancisco applications
to an EJB base.

About IBM SanFrancisco
     IBM SanFrancisco application business components have been
designed and built in the marketplace in cooperation with leading
software vendors from around the world.  Over 6,000 companies
have downloaded the evaluation code that is available on our web
site, and over 700 of those companies have entered into licensing
agreements.  The first SanFrancisco-built applications have already
begun hitting the market, and many more are expected to be delivered
in the next 6 months.
     With the delivery of Release 3, SanFrancisco offers developers
roughly 750,000 lines of Java code to give them a significant head
start in building line of business server applications.  This code
is comprised of over 800 components that provide the structure,
interrelationships and default business logic for developers to use
to accelerate application development.  No other company offers a
shipping product that provides developers with as rich a collection
of components for building e-business applications.
     SanFrancisco frameworks currently available include:  Foundation
for Distributed Applications, Common Business Objects, General Ledger
Framework, GUI Framework, Warehouse Management Framework, Order
Management Framework, and now Accounts Payable/Receivable.  For
additional information regarding IBM SanFrancisco, visit the Web
site http://www.ibm.com/java/sanfrancisco.

About IBM
     IBM is the world's largest information technology company,
with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate.  IBM
Software offers the widest range of applications, middleware and
operating systems for all types of computing platforms, allowing
customers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business.
The fastest way to get more information about IBM software is
through the IBM Software home page at http://www.software.ibm.com.
More information about IBM's Java initiatives can be found on the
Web at http://www.ibm.com/java.

#   #   #

 * Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International
      Business Machines Corporation.
** Java and Enterprise JavaBeans are trademarks or registered
      trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.   All other trademarks
      are owned by the respective company.


Consultant Response Center  1-800-IBM-4046 or 416-383-5153
consrel@us.ibm.com
http://www.ibm.com/consultantrelations



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