NEURON DATA FIRST TO DELIVER POWERFUL VISUALIZATION TOOL
FOR CROSS-PLATFORM APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | ND-27
PALO ALTO, Calif., February 14, 1995 - Neuron Data, a leading worldwide supplier of portable, object-oriented application development software, today unveiled the Diagrammer, a new product that further enhances its line-up of powerful graphical user interface (GUI) objects in its Elements Environment. This latest Neuron Data technology allows developers to create and integrate a wide variety of diagrams into their applications. The delivery of this capability in a cross-platform environment is unique and allows for the creation of more intuitive applications that increase end-user productivity.
The Diagrammer is the newest addition to Neuron Data's powerful GUI objects which add new, higher levels of functionality and flexibility to native windowing environments. Other power GUI objects from Neuron Data include a tree browser for graphically representing class hierarchies and resources, a list box for adding spreadsheet capabilities, and a business graphics tool for incorporating charts and multi-media objects into enterprise-wide applications.
"Organizations need software that allows them to represent relationships through diagrams," said Patrick Perez, Neuron Data's Chairman and C.E.O. "The Diagrammer builds upon Neuron Data's strengths in developing a powerful and portable application development environment to provide an innovative solution that delivers real business benefits."
THE DIAGRAMMER'S MANY USES
The Diagrammer allows developers to organize and communicate their ideas through high quality graphical drawings, and to create more intuitive applications. It also simplifies information access. Diagram nodes can contain programmable "hot spots" that can be used for invoking different applications or procedures.
The Diagrammer helps visualize multiple relationships, resources and objects in a number of different ways. These include process or workflow diagrams (such as document management, data flowcharts, database-entity relationships, and business process re-engineering (BPR) diagrams), topology diagrams (such as network management, engineering networks, client/server configurations and hardware configurations), and hierarchical diagrams (such as organizational charts, class and sub-class relationships).
The Diagrammer Aids Distributed Network Management
An independent software vendor, Absyss, located in Paris, France specializes in middleware and innovative network management software. The company created its VISUAL TOM software with Neuron Data's OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, and improved it with the Diagrammer. Neuron Data's technology has enabled Absyss to compete with much larger companies such as Computer Associates (CA-UNICENTER) and their Job Scheduler products.
"The Diagrammer provides our customers with a view of the entire application and network system that is both intuitive and easy to use," said Richard Raulic, president of Absyss.
Georges Arnould, project manager at Absyss added, "We use the Diagrammer in both client/server and distributed network situations to help communicate changes on a network to all end users graphically, automatically and in real-time. The Diagrammer has given us a competitive advantage no other vendor can match."
The Diagrammer Tackles BPR Issues
"Often one of the biggest problems in trying to re-engineer our clients' business applications is that they don't know what they want," said Brian Pearson, partner at the Rapid Application Development (RAD) Group, a consulting organization in Canada. "We can use the Diagrammer to graphically model business processes, represent application relationships, model networks and outline switching environments. The product saved us two man-months in development time on its first project and really helps us communicate with our clients in a graphical, easily understood format."
The RAD Group provides client/server development services to companies such as Bell Canada, Northern Telecom and Metropolitan Toronto. They specialize in BPR projects, as well as developing applications for the telecommunications industry.
"The Diagrammer is an added benefit to an already powerful Neuron Data development environment, in that it makes our clients' BPR investments come together," continued Pearson.
ABOUT THE ELEMENTS ENVIRONMENT
Neuron Data's Elements Environment is a flexible, integrated, object-oriented development environment that allows developers to build client/server applications independent of the underlying technology. The object-oriented, component-based architecture consists of portable software modules called "Elements" -- GUI, Data Access and Business Rules. The Elements are connected by integration layers -- visual editors, an extensible script language, C and C++ interfaces and portable application services. The architecture's open application programming interface (API) support the integration of diverse tools and development methodologies. Each Element in the architecture is fully portable to more than 35 hardware platforms and their native windowing environments.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Priced at $1000 on PC platforms, the Diagrammer will begin shipping in Q2 1995. The Diagrammer will be available on Windows and Windows NT, Macintosh, and IBM OS/2, as well as a wide variety of UNIX systems including Sun, HP, SGI, IBM, and SCO.
NEURON DATA, INC.
Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., Neuron Data is a global market leader in portable, object-oriented application development software for building enterprise-wide client/server applications. The company's Elements Environment product line is used by commercial software vendors and corporate developers worldwide. Neuron Data reaches its international customer base through 12 offices, including London, Paris, Frankfurt and Tokyo, and distributors throughout the Pacific Rim, Europe, Japan and Mexico.
Neuron Data, Inc.
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