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UniForum '97, March 10-14, 1997, San Francisco
Top CEOs to Speak on the Challenges of Open Systems at UniForum '97

Needham, Mass., February 3, 1997 - Leading CEOs will speak to the challenges and future role of Open Systems technology in information technology at UniForum '97, scheduled for March 10-14, 1997, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Michael C. Ruettgers, president and CEO of EMC Corporation, and Mitchell Kertzman, president and CEO of Sybase Inc., are confirmed keynote presenters, while Andrew "Flip" Filipowksi, president, CEO and chairman of the board at PLATINUM technology, inc., will give a special CEO address. UniForum '97 is the industry's most prestigious conference and exposition focused on the power and potential of Open Systems technologies. The event is produced by SOFTBANK COMDEX in conjunction with the UniForum Association.

Once thought of as "peripheral," intelligent storage has become a key cornerstone of many companies' IT strategies. In the opening-day keynote presentation on Wednesday, March 12, Michael C. Ruettgers will address the major trends in technology, IT strategies and customers' business issues that have driven the rising importance of storage in today's IT infrastructure.

"I'm particularly excited for the opportunity to address UniForum this year," said Michael C. Ruettgers, president and CEO of EMC Corporation since January 1992. "Nineteen-ninety-seven will be the year of unprecedented progress in the functional merging of legacy and open systems environments. UniForum attendees are the key players who will make it happen, and enterprise storage will play a central role in their success."

EMC Corporation is the only company in the world entirely focused on rapidly delivering intelligent information storage and retrieval solutions that enable companies and organizations to leverage their growing volumes of information into profitability, growth and competitive advantage. Since Mr. Ruettgers first joined the company in 1988 as executive vice president of Operations and Customer Service, EMC's revenue base has increased more than tenfold to over $1.92 billion.

Mitchell E. Kertzman's keynote at UniForum '97, slated for Thursday, March 13, will be directed squarely at the future of the industry, in particular, the sweeping changes predicted for corporate customers of IT as they grapple with the challenges and opportunities of the Internet. Following this theme, Mr. Kertzman will assess the evolutionary progress of corporate computing platforms including the Internet and the Network Computer, examining their integration into the enterprise and their roles in meeting and shaping the computing needs of corporate users.

Mr. Kertzman, the dynamic new leader at Sybase, has the immediate task of refocusing the company on its core competencies in database management systems, middleware and application development tools. Under Mr. Kertzman's leadership, Sybase, a worldwide leader in providing customers with distributed computing solutions across heterogeneous systems, returned to profitability in the third quarter of 1996 and reports annual revenues approaching $1 billion.

In a special addition to the Uniforum '97 speaking roster, Andrew "Flip" Filipowksi, president, CEO and chairman of the board of PLATINUM technology inc., will give a CEO address at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12. Filipowksi, who founded PLATINUM technology in 1987, will discuss issues surrounding the ultimate security solution to protect information assets in "Enterprise Security: Critical Solutions for Success - Now and for the Future." Under Filipowski's aggressive leadership, PLATINUM has grown to become one of the most robust software firms, with revenues of more than $276 million. PLATINUM produces system software solutions for managing the open enterprise environment and provides infrastructure software to the top 10,000 information technology users in the world.

About UniForum '97
Considered the industry's most important educational platform, the UniForum Conference Program will offer over 55 conference sessions, providing attendees with the latest trends, technical information and advanced technologies, including the Web, servers, open systems, network technologies and integration. In addition to the conference sessions, this year's program includes USENIX tutorials, Windows NT and Extranet workshops, and the Open Group Research Institute Symposium for comprehensive coverage of the latest IT developments.

The event will also house several specialized technology and vendor pavilions, including the Linux Pavilion, Open Group Pavilion and Cambridge Technology Partners' Electronic Commerce/Internet-Based Solutions Area. In addition, AIM, an independent benchmarking company in Santa Clara, will present its Hot Iron Awards, recognizing those products exhibiting the fastest speed and best performance in the industry.

As a special benefit to all conference registrants, UniForum '97 will offer a unique opportunity to sample two industry-leading conferences. A Taste of SCO Forum, sponsored by SCO, and A Taste of CMG, sponsored by the Computer Measurement Group (CMG), will feature some of the most popular sessions from SCO's and CMG's annual conferences.

About UniForum
UniForum, the International Association of Open Systems Professionals, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1980. Today, it represents thousands of vendors and users of open systems. UniForum's mission is to help individuals and their organizations increase the effectiveness of their information systems through the use of open systems, based on shared industry standards. Central to UniForum's mission is the delivery of high-quality educational programs, trade shows and conferences, publications, on-line services and peer group discussions.

Since the introduction of the first COMDEX event in 1979, SOFTBANK COMDEX has continued to meet the growing needs of the global information technology marketplace. With an expansive program of more than 30 trade shows and conferences worldwide, including COMDEX events throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, SOFTBANK COMDEX provides the premier showcase and most comprehensive educational platform for new and emerging computer and communications technologies.

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