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ON Technology Releases Java Application Developers Kit

Extends Flexibility and Openness of ON Solution, Facilitating Integration with Third-Party Tools and Existing Customer Environments

Waltham, Mass. (May 29, 2003) - ON Technology (NASDAQ:ONTC), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure management solutions, today announced the immediate availability of the ON Application Developers Kit (ADK). The new offering provides a series of open programming interfaces that significantly reduce implementation time by allowing customers and service providers to rapidly integrate ON’s management solution with previously installed third-party tools and corporate information resources.

The ADK provides increased flexibility for customers and service providers who want to extend and enhance ON’s built-in management functionality by writing custom programs in standard languages such as Java and C++. The ADK builds upon ON’s previously released open interfaces, including the Command Line Interface (CLI) and ITOOL, a scripting language for customizing the actions of ON agents. For example, the ADK can be used to write programs that:

  • Periodically check a retailer’s supply chain management system – such as SAP – for updated price-list information, and then automatically deploy new price lists to all point-of-sale (POS) terminals across all of the retailer’s stores, without requiring administrative intervention.
  • Automatically create an alert on a network management console – such as IBM/Tivoli, HP OpenView, or BMC Patrol – when a customer-specific error condition is detected by the ON solution.
  • Enable users of Help Desk systems – such as Remedy – to automatically re-install critical software on remote devices from a custom icon on their Help Desk consoles, without needing to learn how to use the ON administrative console.
  • Share information about users, devices, and policies with corporate SQL databases such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server, enterprise frameworks such as Microsoft SMS or CA Unicenter, and directory services such as Active Directory, Novell Directory Services (NDS), and LDAP.

“Our customers tell us that one of our key competitive differentiators is the flexibility and openness of our solution,” said Phil Neray, Vice-President of Marketing, ON Technology. “Unlike closed and proprietary management solutions that offer inflexible, ‘our way or the highway’ functionality, ON provides an open architecture based on the Java standard and a standard, platform-independent SQL database, with a choice of implementing on either UNIX or Windows platforms. As a result, customers can leverage their existing technology investments when implementing our solution, which significantly reduces time to implementation and greatly enhances ROI.”

About ON ADK V1.0
ON ADK V1.0 includes the following components:

  • Fully-Documented API: An open, industry-standard interface that allows customers and service providers to write custom programs that access information in the ON SQL database and control the ON server.


  • Data Dictionary for the ON Database: A concise description of the organization of tables, field codes and their relationships. This description of ON business logic allows customers to better integrate ON solutions into their existing business processes and applications.


  • ODBC and JDBC drivers for the ON Database: Provide direct access to the ON database.


  • Java API Examples: Actual programs used in ON Command® CCM V5.4 are provided as examples to guide and instruct first-time developers in using the ADK.


  • Command Line Interface (CLI): The CLI is a high-level, text-based scripting language with support for common programming functions such as variables, branching and conditionals. It is typically used in conjunction with popular scripting languages such as PERL and Python.

About ON Technology Corporation
ON Technology empowers IT organizations and service providers to manage the full lifecycle of their computing systems over large-scale corporate networks. Our solutions are used to rapidly and reliably deploy critical applications, operating systems, and content to desktops, mobile PCs, handhelds, servers, retail point-of-sale (POS) terminals and banking workstations. Our customers leverage our solutions to significantly reduce IT costs, improve availability and reliability of business-critical applications, and enhance both IT and end-user productivity. ON’s management solution has been chosen by more than 1,000 enterprises worldwide to manage in excess of 1.2 million networked computer systems. For more information visit ON Technology’s Web site at www.on.com or call 800-767-6638.

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The statements in this press release that relate to ON Technology’s future plans, events and performance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Some of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements are general economic conditions, including the current weakness in the global economy, demand for the Company’s products and services, performance of the Company’s direct and indirect distribution channels, competitive pressures, market acceptance of the Company’s new products and technologies, and the risk factors detailed from time to time in ON Technology’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2003 filed in November 2003. Actual results and performance may differ materially due to these and other factors. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. ON Technology undertakes no obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release that may reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.


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