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Mercy Ships Implements Borland's Java® Development and Modeling Solutions to Modernize and Simplify Application Delivery

  • 21 June, 2005 15:18

<p>SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. ­ June 20, 2005 ­ - Borland Software Corporation (NASDAQ NM: BORL), a global leader for Software Delivery OptimizationTM, today announced that Mercy Ships® is using Borland® JBuilder® 2005 and Borland Together® 2005 to modernize its internal applications, manage the risks of technology change and simplify the delivery of software.<br/><br/></p>
<p>Mercy Ships uses a fleet of hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services to the poor. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has performed more than 2 million services that have impacted over 5.5 million people. In addition to providing operations such as cataract removal, cleft-lip, orthopedic and facial reconstruction surgeries, Mercy Ships also offers clinics and training in primary health care and has delivered more than $21 million in medical equipment and medicines.</p>
<p>Supporting this large, global organization is a three-person IT staff and small team of dispersed volunteer developers, tasked with supporting day-to-day operations such as processing volunteer applications, managing the Mercy Ships website and supporting fundraising activities in over 16 countries.</p>
<p>Mercy Ships, like many charities, faces the challenge of delivering world-class services with limited resources. Recently, the Mercy Ships IT staff began the complex task of modernizing its IT architecture to take advantage of Web services and new open source systems, and upgrading their mission-critical applications to Java.</p>
<p>We are very pleased to be working with an organization like Mercy Ships, and their IT team which is creating the infrastructure required to help bring hope and healing to the poor," said David Intersimone, chief evangelist and vice president of developer relations at Borland. "People don't often focus on the individuals and teams who enable this kind of charity work, or the impact that technology can have on these IT teams. We are happy Borland can play a role in helping Mercy Ships maximize their assets, and leverage new innovations in software to move the organization into the future."</p>
<p>Prior to employing JBuilder 2005, Mercy Ships was utilizing Informix® 4GL, a legacy development language with limited capabilities, for all of their application development needs. Moving forward, Mercy Ships needed a solution to allow their small, dispersed development team to effortlessly translate existing applications to Java and take advantage of J2EETM without the complexity or costs that can be associated with these advanced systems.</p>
<p>JBuilder has enabled Mercy Ships to develop key programs essential to their daily operations. For example, JBuilder has allowed Mercy Ships to accelerate the development of PartnerShip, the distributed database application that manages all key donor relationships. By converting this application to Java, Mercy Ships has increased its functionality making it easier for volunteers around the world to access and use the program. JBuilder has also been used to create the Mercy Ships Security System. With the rise in crime and danger throughout the world, this system aids in ensuring their crew's security and safety.</p>
<p>"Because our volunteer development team is located in different sites worldwide, it is imperative we employ products that have a short learning-curve, offer a good deal of automation and help us to better document projects and requirements," said Kelvin Burton, chief technology officer, Mercy Ships. "We have already had a lot of success using JBuilder and Together to modernize our systems. They've saved our team both time and effort, and with the news that Borland will increase their support for the open Eclipse framework, we are even more pleased to be using Borland's solutions."</p>
<p>Mercy Ships is preparing to employ a number of open source plug-ins to the Eclipse framework, potentially Hibernate Tools, JNDI Browser, Hibernate Database, Parasoft Jtest and SQLExplorer. Borland's platform neutrality and the company's use of Eclipse as one of two primary frameworks for its application lifecycle management solutions makes it easy for Mercy Ships to maintain the investments it has made in JBuilder and Together and take advantage of future innovations from Eclipse and the open source community.</p>
<p>JBuilder 2005 and Together 2005, Borland's leading integrated development environment and modeling solution for Java, offer a number of new capabilities designed to make software delivery more efficient, predictable and successful.</p>
<p>For more information on JBuilder 2005 and Together 2005, please visit: www.borland.com/products.</p>
<p>About Borland</p>
<p>Founded in 1983, Borland Software Corporation (NASDAQ: BORL) is a global leader in Software Delivery Optimization. The company provides the software and services that align the people, processes and technology required to maximize the business value of software. To learn more about delivering quality software, on time and within budget, visit: http://www.borland.com.</p>
<p>Borland, Software Delivery Optimization, JBuilder, Together and all other Borland brand and product names are service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of Borland Software Corporation in the United States and other countries. Mercy Ships is a registered trademark of Mercy Ships. Informix is a registered trademark of Informix Software, Inc. Java and J2EE are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>About Mercy Ships
Mercy Ships, a global charity, is the leader in using a fleet of hospital ships to deliver free world-class health care services to the poor. For more info, visit online at: http://www.mercyships.org or contact Kelvin Burton kelvin.burton@mercyships.org.</p>
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<p>This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the U.S. Federal Securities Laws, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is subject to the safe harbors created by such laws. Forward-looking statements may relate to, but are not limited to, the benefits to be derived from JBuilder 2005, Together 2005 and Borland's investment in Eclipse as JBuilder's underlying integration framework. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations that involve a number of uncertainties and risks that may cause actual events or results to differ materially. Factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially include, among others, our ability to sell multi-product solutions for the application development lifecycle; the effects of a longer sales cycle as we increase our focus on larger enterprise customers; the changing nature of the markets in which we operate, namely the maturing of the Java IDE market; market acceptance of our products and services including our enterprise software development platform/solution; our failure to establish or enhance strategic alliances; rapid technological and business change that can adversely affect the demand for Borland products and services; and general economic factors and capital market conditions. These and other risks may be detailed from time to time in Borland periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and its latest Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained from www.sec.gov. Borland is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.</p>
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