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Posted Feb 3, 2003

Sagent Directlink Breathes New Life Into ERP Data

By DatabaseJournal.com Staff

New Sagent Connectivity Module Facilitates Extraction and Utilization of ERP Data from Applications Such As SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and Siebel

SAN DIEGO, Calif., February 3, 2003-Sagent (Nasdaq: SGNT), a leading provider of enterprise business intelligence solutions, today announced the general availability of Sagent DirectLink for Packaged Applications, a new connectivity module that allows users to easily connect and analyze data from proprietary ERP applications such as SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle, Siebel, JD Edwards and Manugistics. Today's announcement was made at META Group's METAmorphosis PLUS! Conference & Technology Showcase, San Diego, February 3-5. Sagent DirectLink will enable business analysts as well as data warehousing professionals to readily access critical ERP information that until now has only been available through a manual process of complex coding.

"Companies have made large investments in ERP systems to improve their business operations, and they can now extend the value of those investments by making their ERP data readily available for analysis," said Dave Henry, Sagent VP Marketing. "The ability to connect the wealth of data in ERP systems with other data sources means that companies performing business analysis will now have visibility into their entire business, enabling them to develop more effective strategies and measure their results. Sagent DirectLink, in conjunction with Sagent's new OpenLink front-end connectivity product, make Sagent the ideal data integration and transformation solution to complete any business intelligence application."

Sagent DirectLink allows integration architects to easily establish connections between today's most popular packaged ERP systems and any existing enterprise business intelligence environment without cumbersome hand coding. This enables Sagent users to access, integrate and analyze ERP data buried in proprietary operational applications just as easily as any other data source. Sagent DirectLink also insulates a company from the risks associated with changes or updates to an ERP system during loading, is highly configurable for optimal performance and scalability, and offers a critical security layer to ensure the confidentiality of sensitive ERP data.

Sagent DirectLink for Packaged Applications is based on industry-leading adapter technology from iWay Software and is available for both Windows and Solaris platforms. To learn more about the module, please visit www.sagent.com.

About META Group
META Group (Nasdaq: METG) is a leading research and consulting firm, focusing on information technology and business transformation strategies. Delivering objective, consistent, and actionable guidance, META Group enables organizations to innovate more rapidly and effectively. Our unique collaborative models help clients succeed by building speed, agility, and value into their IT and business systems and processes. For details, connect with www.metagroup.com.

About iWay Software
iWay Software, an Information Builders company, is a market leader in middleware that accelerates business integration. With facilities to integrate systems in real time, near-real time, or on a scheduled basis, iWay provides a complete reusable infrastructure for EAI, B2B, e-commerce, mobile business, and e-government. iWay's experience with complex information systems led to the development of prepackaged Intelligent Adapters to connect to more than 200 packaged applications, transaction systems, legacy data, relational databases, and e-business formats, without writing custom code. iWay Software integration solutions significantly reduce the time, cost, effort, and risk of integration projects throughout the enterprise.

About Sagent
Sagent's patented technology fundamentally changes the way that data warehouses are built and accessed. Sagent's unique data flow server enables business users to easily extend the structure of a data warehouse with new analytics that support immediate business needs. This technology is at the core of Sagent's ETL, EII and business intelligence solutions, as well as multiple partner solutions that address the needs of specific vertical and functional application areas. Sagent has more than 1,500 customers worldwide, including: AT&T, Boeing Employees Credit Union, BP Amoco, Carrefour, Citibank, Diageo, Heineken, Kawasaki, Kemper National Insurance, La Poste, NTT-DoCoMo, Siemens, and Singapore Telecom. Key partners include Advent Software, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, HAHT Commerce, Hyperion, Microsoft, Satyam, Sun Microsystems, and Unisys. The company also maintains a business partnership with CDC Software Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary and software unit of chinadotcom corporation, which includes a strategic investment in Sagent. Sagent is headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information about Sagent, please visit www.sagent.com.

Sagent and Sagent Solution are trademarks of Sagent Technology Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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