Rocket Software Extends Reach of Existing AS Applications With New User Interface Built on Eclipse

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Rocket AS Version 6.3 includes Rocket.Ascent, a new user interface built on Eclipse for existing AS applications.

AS users have always recognized the power and benefits of AS. Our customers have built powerful AS applications that need to reach beyond 3270 to their business end user community. The beauty of Rocket.Ascent is that it satisfies all end users -- and without having to rewrite their AS applications. Just point Rocket.Ascent at your existing applications - it is really that simple.

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Rocket Software (http://www.rocketsoftware.com) today announced the availability of Rocket AS Version 6.3. Among the many enhancements included in V6.3 is the inclusion of Rocket. Ascent (http://www.rocketsoftware.com/products/application-system/ascent/), a new user interface built on Eclipse, which was developed by the Rocket development laboratory in Warwick, previously known as ASTRAC. Our customers now have the freedom to deploy AS applications via the traditional 3270 interface or the new Rocket.Ascent interface.

Rocket.Ascent is built on Eclipse, a popular Java-based development environment, and can be installed on any Windows desktop; Linux desktop support will be available later in 2009. According to Rocket Software’s George Smyth, “AS users have always recognized the power and benefits of AS. Our customers have built powerful AS applications that need to reach beyond 3270 to their business end user community. The beauty of Rocket.Ascent is that it satisfies all end users -- and without having to rewrite their AS applications. Just point Rocket.Ascent at your existing applications - it is really that simple.”

For those who create, update or test AS applications, Rocket.Ascent also offers significant productivity gains, including: a table explorer for browsing AS and DB2 data, multiple windows allowing simultaneous editing of several application components, a command editor that provides syntax coloring, scrolling, drag-drop support, and import/export dialogs.

About Rocket AS
Rocket AS is a powerful set of integrated tools and an application development environment for IBM System z customers. AS has allowed many of the world’s leading organizations to build enterprise quality and scalable business applications and turn mainframe data into actionable information. AS runs on IBM z/OS and z/VM operating systems (http://www.rocketsoftware.com/products/application-system/architecture) and is available in 17 national languages, including English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.
Upgrade your license from IBM AS V4 to Rocket AS V6

Rocket AS is the approved replacement product for users of IBM AS V4 (program number 5648-092), and is fully backward compatible. Contact George Smyth (george.smyth@rocketsoftware.com) today to upgrade from your IBM license or visit the Rocket AS product page (http://www.rocketsoftware.com/products/application-system)for more information.

About Rocket Software
Rocket Software is a global software development firm that builds and services Enterprise Infrastructure products for the world’s leading OEMs, networks and software companies. The company’s current lines of business complement and extend strategic OEM offerings in the areas of business intelligence, storage, networks and telecom, terminal emulation and FTP, integration, modernization and SOA, database, and security. Rocket is engaged in OEM relationships and technology partnerships with IBM, EMC, HP, RSA, Nortel, Motorola, and many others. Rocket Software is based in Newton, Massachusetts, USA.

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