PLATINUM technology and KPMG Consulting Announce Winners of 1997 European And Asia-Pacific IDUG Awards for Information Excellence

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. (ots-PRNewswire) - PLATINUM technology,
inc. (Nasdaq: PLAT) and KPMG Consulting, the consulting arm of KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, today announced the winners of the European and Asia-Pacific International DB2 Users Group (IDUG) Awards for Information Excellence. UNICIBLE, a database systems development organization based in Switzerland, won the European award; the Australian Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DEETYA) won the Asia-Pacific award.

The IDUG Award for Information Excellence is presented three times each year to individuals who have contributed to the development of relational database technology, or used this technology in innovative ways. The European award was presented to Alfonso Alonso, a database administrator at UNICIBLE, at the recent European IDUG conference in Barcelona, Spain. The Asia-Pacific award was presented to Steve Farrow, a technical director at DEETYA, at the recent Asia-Pacific IDUG Conference in Sydney, Australia.

PLATINUM technology, inc. and KPMG are the two founding charter vendor members of IDUG, and have been co-sponsoring the Award for Information Excellence since 1989.

"For nine years, PLATINUM and KPMG have been recognizing outstanding achievement in database development with this award," said Andrew "Flip" Filipowski, president and CEO of PLATINUM technology, inc. "The applications UNICIBLE and DEETYA have developed illustrate the true power of relational databases, and show how this technology can increase the availability of information, reduce costs, and improve business processes."

UNICIBLE Wins for Integrated Data Management System

In 1992, three major banks from the French-speaking region of Switzerland -- Banque Cantonale de Geneve (BCG), Banque Cantonale Vaudoise (BCV), and Banque Cantonale du Valais (BCVS) -- joined forces to create UNICIBLE. These banks realized that individually they may not have had the resources to revamp their aging IT systems, but collectively, they could develop a world-class, integrated data management system. They founded UNICIBLE, which completed and implemented the integrated system named OSIRIS, and consolidated the operations of multiple banks at a single super center located in Lausanne, the headquarters of UNICIBLE. The original version of OSIRIS was built on DB2 for MVS, but the current system also includes Oracle, SAP R/3, Sybase, and other applications running on UNIX. Today, UNICIBLE manages more than 3 million transactions per day in OSIRIS, and supports more than 5,000 terminals and PCs. UNICIBLE is now branching out to serve other clients, in addition to the founding banks.

DEETYA Wins for Employment System Application

Two years ago, the DEETYA database team was given the task of providing support for the development of the Integrated Employment System (IES), an online job search and employee placement program. IES was designed to be a major application, consisting of over 50 GB of data on open positions and job seekers throughout Australia. Steve Farrow's team selected DB2 for MVS, running on a Hitachi mainframe, as the back-end database for the system. IES went online in April 1997, and is currently handling over three million transactions per day while providing very good response times. Farrow's department also supports the Australian Job Selection (AJS) system, a national touchscreen system allowing job seekers to check employment opportunities throughout Australia. AJS is handling 500,000 transactions per day.

IDUG and The Award for Information Excellence

The IDUG Award for Information Excellence is presented three times annually to outstanding members of the information technology industry, in recognition of significant contributions to the advancement of relational technology. One award is given to the most distinguished North American user at the IDUG conference held in the United States each May; one is presented to a European standout at the IDUG meeting held in Europe each October; and the third is presented at the IDUG Asia Pacific conference each November.

"Effective database management using flexible, scalable technology such as DB2 is paramount to the success of every business today. This is evidenced by the overwhelming attendance numbers experienced at all 1997 IDUG educational events," said Casey Young, president of IDUG. "IDUG salutes UNICIBLE and DEETYA for their outstanding achievements in the field."

IDUG is an independent, not-for-profit, user-run organization whose mission is to support and strengthen the information systems community by providing the highest quality education and services designed to promote the effective utilization of the DB2 family of products. Information on IDUG can be found on the World Wide Web at

About KPMG

KPMG Consulting is the consulting arm of KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, the U.S. member firm of KPMG International, the worldwide professional services firm. KPMG International has more than 6,000 partners and 76,000 professionals serving clients in 153 countries. In the U.S., KPMG partners and professionals deliver a wide range of value-added assurance, tax and consulting services. The firm is moving toward becoming the leader among professional services firms in capturing, managing, assessing and delivering information to create knowledge that will help its clients maximize shareholder value. Additional information about the firm is available on KPMG's World Wide Web site,


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