WRQ Reflection Evolves to Take Advantage of New Technologies

New Release to Feature XML for Enhanced Communication Between Windows

Desktops and Host Systems



Mar 26, 2001, 00:00 ET from WRQ Inc.

    ORLANDO, Fla., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Gartner "Practical
 Approaches to IT Investment Decisions" conference, Seattle-based WRQ Inc.
 announced the availability of the WRQ(R) Reflection(R) 9.0 beta release.  The
 announcement continues the company's 20-year tradition of providing
 industry-leading, cost-effective host access for connecting Microsoft Windows
 desktops with host systems.  In order to address the needs of IT managers
 focusing on making the most of their IT investments, WRQ has been engineering
 its terminal emulation and PC/UNIX integration solutions to reduce the time
 and cost needed to access existing, time-tested host applications.  With this
 new release, IT managers can easily migrate from older terminal emulation and
 PC/UNIX integration solutions by using customizable installation tools that
 allow them to design deployments that significantly reduce IT costs and
 network traffic.  This release also includes Linux console emulation support
 for customers connecting to Linux host systems.  The Reflection 9.0 beta
 release is available on the WRQ Web site at www.wrq.com/products/beta/ through
 April 12, 2001.
     "We have been using WRQ Reflection for many years as the primary tool to
 access the district's Compaq VAX/OpenVMS for administrative databases, student
 records and transcripts," said Bob Dietel at Meadowdale High School.
 "Reflection makes these connections marvelously transparent.  I am especially
 pleased with how quick, easy to install and configure Reflection 9.0 is, even
 on a brand-new PC that's never been a VAX terminal before."
     IT managers have come to expect Windows-based Reflection products to
 follow industry standards that ensure precise emulation and rendering of
 applications from host systems including IBM, HP, UNIX, Linux, Unisys and
 OpenVMS.  These same IT managers are challenged to extend their existing
 resources.  WRQ provides solutions that allow IT staff to easily configure and
 automate connections to host systems, generate reports and provide users
 access to the information they need to get their jobs done.  Reflection
 products include Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to create login
 scripts, customize reports and automate host connections.
     "Twenty years ago, WRQ was created with one goal in mind:  to deliver
 mission-critical data to the people who need it.  Back then, this was a
 straightforward process -- connect one person to one mainframe," said
 Doug Walker, CEO, WRQ.  "Today, the process is much more challenging.
 Organizations must connect thousands of people to a diverse range of host
 systems through a growing complexity of software layers and applications.
 Reflection software has been, and will continue to be, a critical tool in
 providing this connection.  The upgrades and new features included in
 Reflection 9.0 demonstrate our continued commitment to our customers and the
 host-access marketplace."
 
     Using XML for Enhanced Communication
     XML has been supported throughout the high-technology community as a
 de facto standard way of describing and communicating data between
 applications.  The new release of Reflection includes a utility for capturing
 configuration information and data from host applications in XML for use in
 Windows desktop XML-enabled applications.
     "One of the most exciting new features in Reflection 9.0 is that customers
 can capture data from the HP e3000 and bring it down to their Windows desktop
 in XML format, to be used by their other XML applications," said Kriss Rant,
 HP e3000 Alliance Manager.  "WRQ continues to evolve their products to enable
 customers to use the newest technologies."
 
     Control the Costs of Accessing Host Applications
     The evolution of WRQ Reflection solutions helps ensure that customers will
 be able to access new developments on the desktop, such as Microsoft Windows
 2000 and XML applications.  When the Reflection products are released later
 this year, they will have passed the rigorous testing needed to receive the
 Microsoft "Certified for Windows 2000" logo for the second time.  When
 products receive this logo, customers can take advantage of new features such
 as Active Directory, which allows IT personnel to easily add and configure
 network users, and the Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI), which is used to
 easily and quickly install Reflection products.
 
     Where to Get the Reflection 9.0 Beta Release
     Reflection 9.0 is available now on WRQ's Web site at
 www.wrq.com/products/beta/ through April 12, 2001.  Currently maintained
 Reflection customers will automatically receive Reflection 9.0 upon release.
 Prices for Reflection start at $161 per seat.  The final release of Reflection
 9.0 is scheduled to be available in the third quarter of this year.
     In June, customers wanting Web-based terminal emulation should consider
 Reflection for the Web 4.5, which has been shown to lower the cost of
 accessing host applications even more.  This release of Reflection for the Web
 will include integrated FTP support to allow file transfer between all
 supported platforms and will enhance IBM mainframe (3270) and HP emulation
 support.
 
     About WRQ
     WRQ Inc. is committed to solving the most difficult information access and
 integration problems customers face with innovative technology, transforming
 how business is conducted in the next economy. WRQ, a privately held company,
 has over 8 million users worldwide, including more than half of all Fortune
 500 companies.  The company is consistently recognized for its award-winning
 products and its stature within the industry as one of the top software
 companies in the United States and one of Fortune Magazine's
 "100 Best Companies to Work For."  Now celebrating its 20th anniversary,
 Seattle-based WRQ has offices throughout the world and offers products and
 services in more than 50 countries.  For more information, visit the company's
 Web site at wrq.com.
     NOTE:  WRQ and WRQ products are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 WRQ Inc.  All other trademarks, trade names or company names referenced herein
 are used for identification only and are the property of their respective
 owners.
 
 

SOURCE WRQ Inc.
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Gartner "Practical
 Approaches to IT Investment Decisions" conference, Seattle-based WRQ Inc.
 announced the availability of the WRQ(R) Reflection(R) 9.0 beta release.  The
 announcement continues the company's 20-year tradition of providing
 industry-leading, cost-effective host access for connecting Microsoft Windows
 desktops with host systems.  In order to address the needs of IT managers
 focusing on making the most of their IT investments, WRQ has been engineering
 its terminal emulation and PC/UNIX integration solutions to reduce the time
 and cost needed to access existing, time-tested host applications.  With this
 new release, IT managers can easily migrate from older terminal emulation and
 PC/UNIX integration solutions by using customizable installation tools that
 allow them to design deployments that significantly reduce IT costs and
 network traffic.  This release also includes Linux console emulation support
 for customers connecting to Linux host systems.  The Reflection 9.0 beta
 release is available on the WRQ Web site at www.wrq.com/products/beta/ through
 April 12, 2001.
     "We have been using WRQ Reflection for many years as the primary tool to
 access the district's Compaq VAX/OpenVMS for administrative databases, student
 records and transcripts," said Bob Dietel at Meadowdale High School.
 "Reflection makes these connections marvelously transparent.  I am especially
 pleased with how quick, easy to install and configure Reflection 9.0 is, even
 on a brand-new PC that's never been a VAX terminal before."
     IT managers have come to expect Windows-based Reflection products to
 follow industry standards that ensure precise emulation and rendering of
 applications from host systems including IBM, HP, UNIX, Linux, Unisys and
 OpenVMS.  These same IT managers are challenged to extend their existing
 resources.  WRQ provides solutions that allow IT staff to easily configure and
 automate connections to host systems, generate reports and provide users
 access to the information they need to get their jobs done.  Reflection
 products include Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to create login
 scripts, customize reports and automate host connections.
     "Twenty years ago, WRQ was created with one goal in mind:  to deliver
 mission-critical data to the people who need it.  Back then, this was a
 straightforward process -- connect one person to one mainframe," said
 Doug Walker, CEO, WRQ.  "Today, the process is much more challenging.
 Organizations must connect thousands of people to a diverse range of host
 systems through a growing complexity of software layers and applications.
 Reflection software has been, and will continue to be, a critical tool in
 providing this connection.  The upgrades and new features included in
 Reflection 9.0 demonstrate our continued commitment to our customers and the
 host-access marketplace."
 
     Using XML for Enhanced Communication
     XML has been supported throughout the high-technology community as a
 de facto standard way of describing and communicating data between
 applications.  The new release of Reflection includes a utility for capturing
 configuration information and data from host applications in XML for use in
 Windows desktop XML-enabled applications.
     "One of the most exciting new features in Reflection 9.0 is that customers
 can capture data from the HP e3000 and bring it down to their Windows desktop
 in XML format, to be used by their other XML applications," said Kriss Rant,
 HP e3000 Alliance Manager.  "WRQ continues to evolve their products to enable
 customers to use the newest technologies."
 
     Control the Costs of Accessing Host Applications
     The evolution of WRQ Reflection solutions helps ensure that customers will
 be able to access new developments on the desktop, such as Microsoft Windows
 2000 and XML applications.  When the Reflection products are released later
 this year, they will have passed the rigorous testing needed to receive the
 Microsoft "Certified for Windows 2000" logo for the second time.  When
 products receive this logo, customers can take advantage of new features such
 as Active Directory, which allows IT personnel to easily add and configure
 network users, and the Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI), which is used to
 easily and quickly install Reflection products.
 
     Where to Get the Reflection 9.0 Beta Release
     Reflection 9.0 is available now on WRQ's Web site at
 www.wrq.com/products/beta/ through April 12, 2001.  Currently maintained
 Reflection customers will automatically receive Reflection 9.0 upon release.
 Prices for Reflection start at $161 per seat.  The final release of Reflection
 9.0 is scheduled to be available in the third quarter of this year.
     In June, customers wanting Web-based terminal emulation should consider
 Reflection for the Web 4.5, which has been shown to lower the cost of
 accessing host applications even more.  This release of Reflection for the Web
 will include integrated FTP support to allow file transfer between all
 supported platforms and will enhance IBM mainframe (3270) and HP emulation
 support.
 
     About WRQ
     WRQ Inc. is committed to solving the most difficult information access and
 integration problems customers face with innovative technology, transforming
 how business is conducted in the next economy. WRQ, a privately held company,
 has over 8 million users worldwide, including more than half of all Fortune
 500 companies.  The company is consistently recognized for its award-winning
 products and its stature within the industry as one of the top software
 companies in the United States and one of Fortune Magazine's
 "100 Best Companies to Work For."  Now celebrating its 20th anniversary,
 Seattle-based WRQ has offices throughout the world and offers products and
 services in more than 50 countries.  For more information, visit the company's
 Web site at wrq.com.
     NOTE:  WRQ and WRQ products are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 WRQ Inc.  All other trademarks, trade names or company names referenced herein
 are used for identification only and are the property of their respective
 owners.
 
 SOURCE  WRQ Inc.