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NEON Systems Delivers Shadow RTE, the Industry's First Mainframe Enterprise Service Bus "On-Ramp"

Single Architecture For Web Services, Events and SQL Dramatically Reduces Complexity and Expense of Integrating Mainframe

NEON Systems, Inc., the Mainframe Integration Experts, have unveiled the industry's first Mainframe Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) 'On-Ramp' for mainframe integration, Shadow RTE, a robust technical architecture and consolidated development environment that enables customers to integrate mission-critical mainframe resources into a Real-Time Enterprise. Shadow RTE is based on a deeply integrated software architecture, created from the best of NEON's proven Shadow codebase and the technology assets acquired from Clientsoft and InnerAccess Technologies during 2004.   

Behind the scenes of most large scale, global enterprises today
are hundreds -- if not thousands -- of integration point-to-point
connections, each with its own attendant hardware, software and
personnel adding layers of inefficiencies and costs. Shadow RTE is a
distinct departure from point integration solutions, offering instead
a Mainframe Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) "On-Ramp" supporting Web
services, real-time events and SQL access for seamless
interoperability between mainframe and distributed systems. For
organizations with significant investments in mainframe systems,
Shadow RTE functionality translates into faster development and
deployment of new, high value applications, streamlined business
processes and real-time access to enterprise data and logic regardless
of where it resides within the enterprise.

"Integration is a huge problem for today's businesses, whilst
offering the greatest opportunity for dramatic increases in
productivity," said Mark Cresswell, President and CEO of NEON Systems.
"Shadow RTE is profoundly different from traditionally mainframe point
integration products that exponentially add to the complexity of the
underlying IT infrastructure. The future of mainframe integration is
more about reducing complexity through standards-based SOA and
leveraging the power of real-time, bi-directional business events.
Shadow RTE delivers in a single, elegant architecture what large
organizations need to fully realize the concept of business agility,"
added Cresswell.

Shadow RTE deploys natively on the IBM z/Series mainframe and
serves as a foundation for NEON's industry leading mainframe
integration products: Shadow z/Services supporting Web services for
Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA); Shadow z/Events leveraging
real-time events for Event-Driven Architectures (EDA); Shadow z/Direct
supporting SQL for direct data access and transactional support;
Shadow z/Components supporting Java Beans, C# and VB.NET components
for tightly coupled integration, as well as Shadow z/Presentation
supporting automatic presentation layer generation for extending
screen-based applications to the Web.

Industry Recognition
NEON Systems' Shadow RTE was recently evaluated by the leading IT
industry research firms Gartner and Forrester. NEON Systems and its
Shadow RTE mainframe integration technology is positioned in the
Leaders quadrant of Gartner's Programmatic Integration Servers Magic
Quadrant, published February 25, 2005.

In a recently published Forrester Research report titled "NEON
Systems Scores Big By Acquiring ClientSoft," January 28, 2005, analyst
Phil Murphy provided an assessment of NEON's Shadow RTE and its impact
on the mainframe integration market:

    "NEON stands poised to be the de facto choice for companies
    looking to extend the life of their legacy applications. ShadowRTE
    lets clients use their choice of IDE to extend legacy transactions
    as services -- delivering business value today, while leaving a
    migrate-while-you-operate option open for tomorrow. NEON's
    approach holds the promise of significant breakthroughs in speed
    and ease of use that neither Web-service-to-host competitors nor
    pure enterprise application integration (EAI) vendors can match."
    (Note: To download a complimentary copy of the Gartner 2005

Programmatic Integration Server Magic Quadrant and Forrester Quick
Take: "NEON Systems Scores Big By Acquiring ClientSoft," visit

Partner Recognition
In a joint announcement issued today, webMethods Inc. (Nasdaq:
WEBM), a leading business integration and optimization software
company, and NEON Systems announced a new reseller agreement and
strategic partnership that allows webMethods to extend the webMethods
Fabric product suite with NEON's Shadow RTE mainframe integration

"NEON Systems is widely recognized as a leader in mainframe
integration and with the introduction of Shadow RTE, has delivered a
comprehensive solution for both legacy information and functionality
to be more easily and fully integrated as Web services within everyday
workflows and business processes," said Kristin Weller Muhlner,
Executive Vice President, Product Development, webMethods Inc.
"Through the use of webMethods Fabric to leverage these resources, in
conjunction with Shadow RTE, enterprises can now more readily and
easily incorporate their most critical business resources as Web
services within service-oriented architectures," added Muhlner.

Key New Features
In addition to the unified approach to SOA and EDA, the new Shadow
RTE mainframe integration platform includes a number of key new
features to increase developer productivity, optimize performance and
enhance manageability.

    --  Shadow Instrumentation Server (SIS) - maintains a fully
        integrated, comprehensive real-time, end-to-end systems
        management environment for all mainframe integration
        scenarios. Activity is traced and integrated from all
        mainframe nodes within a Sysplex and exposed graphically via
        the Shadow Studio. Such information is ideally suited for
        development productivity, operational support and corporate

    --  Security Optimization & Management (SOM) - virtually
        eliminates the overhead of authenticating loosely-coupled
        connections making Web services on the mainframe viable from a
        CPU consumption perspective

    --  Shadow Enterprise Messaging (SEM) - advanced support for
        WebSphere/MQ. SEM enables WebSphere/MQ to be more easily used
        in support of such contemporary requirements as Web Services
        and asynchronous transactions. With SEM as a part of Shadow
        RTE, it is now possible to enable any mainframe application to
        exposed as a Web Service and invoked in an asynchronous,
        transactional, reliable and recoverable manner from
        WebSphere/MQ connected systems

    --  Complex Event Processing (CEP) - ability to logically evaluate
        multiple events to enable decoupled, parallel, asynchronous
        application processing in support of real-time business
        decision making

Consolidated Development Studio/IDE
Complementing Shadow RTE is NEON's Shadow Studio, a graphical
interface tool and comprehensive IDE built on the Eclipse framework.
Shadow Studio provides seamless integration within the IDE to expose
mainframe applications and data as Web services, real-time business
events or as direct SQL calls. This allows one development environment
to handle any integration requirement without requiring detailed
knowledge of the mainframe or distributed technologies. For
enterprises with an investment in Microsoft Visual Studio talent,
Shadow Developer is a robust legacy integration development
environment for Shadow z/Services that is seamlessly integrated into
Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. It allows for the automatic generation
of Web services, components (COBOL, C#, VB.NET and JavaBean) and
starter programs to expose both screen-based and direct mainframe
applications from inside the familiar Visual Studio .NET interface.

Pricing and Availability
Shadow RTE is generally available as of August 8, 2005, through
NEON's direct sales organization and worldwide network of distributors
and resellers. Existing Shadow customers on maintenance have the
option to upgrade to the Shadow RTE platform and take advantage of its
significant performance and systems management enhancements at no
charge. Shadow RTE provides the best technology for mainframe
integration at a competitive price.
For additional information on Shadow RTE or any of the
complementary components, visit the NEON Website at To speak with a sales
person about Shadow RTE, call (800) 505-6366 in the United States or
+44 (0)1753.752800 in the United Kingdom. To locate a NEON worldwide
distributor, visit

Informational Webinar
An informational web seminar is available to interested parties
who would like to know more about NEON's Shadow RTE product offering
entitled, "Avoid Integration Gridlock: Take The New Enterprise Service
Bus 'On-Ramp' For The Mainframe -- Shadow RTE," scheduled for August
23, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. CDT. Register via the web at

About NEON Systems
NEON Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:NEON) -- the Mainframe Integration
Experts -- is a leading provider of enterprise-class mainframe
integration solutions, delivering the only unified mainframe
integration platform to support the entire range of requirements for
Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) and Event-Driven Architectures
(EDA) -- key requirements to underpin the Real-time Enterprise. NEON's
Shadow technology is designed to reduce the complexity of mainframe
integration allowing large organizations with significant commitment
to mainframe systems to streamline incumbent technologies and lower
total cost of ownership. NEON's Shadow z/Services and Shadow z/Events
offerings attack the emerging mainframe Web services and real-time
mainframe event-driven markets and are unique in their depth and
breadth of support for the requirements of such markets. With
extensive mainframe integration expertise, NEON is uniquely qualified
to solve the complexities of supporting new business initiatives that
must integrate with critical mainframe systems. For more information
on the Powering the Real-time Enterprise, see our Web site at or call 800-505-NEON.

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