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Sterling to buy TI's software business

Sterling Software last week signed a definitive agreement to purchase Texas Instruments Software in a $165 million cash transaction that is expected to close in mid-June.

Texas Instruments Software's products include Composer a component-based software development product and Performer an applications development environment.

Sterling officials plan to combine these products with Sterling's Key family of applications development tools for workflow modeling and business process re-engineering.

Along with the technology Sterling would acquire a number of federal customer contacts. Texas Instruments Software tools are carried on the Air Force's Integrated Computer-Aided Software Engineering contract and are used by such customers as the Joint Logistics Systems Center.

The sale of Texas Instruments Software would mark the second information technology divestiture for Texas Instruments Inc. this year. The company in January agreed to sell its notebook product line to The Acer Group.

The purchase of Texas Instruments Software would not be Sterling's first acquisition in the computer-aided software engineering field. In 1994 the company purchased Knowledgeware Inc. a maker of software development and business process re-engineering tools.

For its fiscal year ended Sept. 30 Sterling reported revenue of $439 million including revenue of $109 million from its applications management business. For calendar 1996 Texas Instruments Software reported revenue of $250 million.

TIS taps BTG to resell Gauntlet

Trusted Information Systems Inc. last week tapped BTG Inc. to resell the company's Gauntlet Internet firewall product line to federal customers.

Gauntlet products will be available through BTG's Electronic Computer Store contract with the National Institutes of Health. Gauntlet is a software-based firewall designed to provide secure access and internetwork communication between private trusted networks and public networks such as the Internet or between groups within a private network.

Softway debuts OpenNT

Softway Systems this week will introduce its OpenNT package a full Unix environment that will run on Microsoft Corp. Windows NT workstations.

Softway Systems developed OpenNT to allow traditional Unix users to move to Windows NT - and to take their applications with them - without losing any of the advanced computing capabilities of the Unix operating system.

OpenNT based on source code licensed from Microsoft includes a fully compliant Posix 2 standard interface among other features.

Softway Systems aims to have the software branded as a Unix operating system later this year.

The new product will be available on NASA's Scientific and Engineering Workstation Procurement II through Compaq Computer Corp. and on the National Institutes of Health's Electronic Computer Store through Electronic Data Systems Corp. OpenNT which begins shipping May 5 comes in three product families including a workstation version for $379 a server for 25 users for $979 and a software developers kit for porting Unix applications for $199.

Zenith launches Pentium Pro servers

Zenith Data Systems last week introduced two Pentium Pro-based servers.

The entry-level Z-Server LE2000 and the midrange Z-Server MT2000 support up to two 200 MHz Pentium Pro chips. The servers feature Ultra Wide SCSI disks ZDS' server management software suite and a three-year limited warranty.

Proposed General Services Administration schedule pricing for the LE2000 will be around $3 678 according to a ZDS spokeswoman. The MT2000 will be priced at about $6 124 she said.

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