From: Jan Tarzia <j...@sco.COM>
Subject: SCO Forms Internal Group To Enhance UNIX System Technologies
sender: ed...@xenitec.on.ca (Ed Hew)
organization: XeniTec Consulting Services, Kitchener, ON, Canada
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monika Laud Larry Lytle
SCO UTG, Inc.
TEL: 408-427-7421 TEL: 201-443-5674
FAX: 408-427-5448 FAX: 201-443-5751
SCO FORMS INTERNAL GROUP TO ENHANCE UNIX SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES
New Group Will Carry Out Functions Previously Performed by UTG, Inc.
SANTA CRUZ, CA (July 18, 1996) -- In a move that accelerates the industry
consolidation of the UNIX operating system and greatly increases the voice
of OEMs, SCO (NASDAQ:SCOC) today announced that it is forming a membership
group to carry out and expand the functions previously performed by UTG,
Inc., the OEM organization charged with influencing the future direction of
SCO's UNIX system technologies. The new group, called the UNIX Computing
Forum (UCF), will be a customer membership organization supported by SCO
staff and managed by an SCO executive. UCF's membership will include OEMs
and key application developers, especially current members of UTG. The
support organization for UCF will be part of the enterprise solutions
business unit at SCO, reporting to the Vice President of Enterprise
SCO recommended to UTG's members that forming the UCF would be a better
way to focus on enterprise issues facing OEMs and application developers.
The UCF will provide an important forum for SCO to share its technology
and product directions with members, and for UCF members to contribute
technology and share their common needs, concerns and issues. In this
manner, the UCF will leverage the expertise of its members and accelerate
industry-wide consolidation around the SCO UnixWare operating system and
related UNIX technologies.
By integrating and expanding the functions of UTG into SCO, UCF members gain
a direct link to the source and future of UNIX technology. The benefits to
OEMs & application developers in the new UCF organization include:
* Direct and timely access to critical information
* Greater collective influence with SCO and the other UCF members
* Increased access to and exchange of UNIX technology innovation
The move also ensures that OEMs are at the table as the next-generation UNIX
system is defined and delivered. This begins with SCO's "Gemini" system,
the code name of the successor to SCO OpenServer and SCO UnixWare systems,
followed by the 64-bit implementation announced by SCO and Hewlett Packard
"UCF will provide its members with early access to UNIX technology and to
those who are developing for Gemini, 3DA, and future technologies" said
Mike Shelton, SCO's vice president, enterprise solutions. "Our OEM
partners can bring tremendous value to our products. This has been clearly
demonstrated with the current activities underway in bringing high-end OEM
enterprise RAS features to SCO UnixWare."
"SCO has clearly stepped up to the full responsibility of leadership in
establishing the industry standard UNIX system implementation," said Larry
Lytle, president & CEO of UTG, Inc. "The UNIX Computing Forum (UCF) offers
the opportunity for direct collaboration by every OEM and ISV who wants to
be directly involved. UTG's members and programs provided the necessary
foundation; now SCO can expand and strengthen that base. Our membership
unanimously approved this action. We are working closely with SCO to
ensure a smooth transition."
"With the Big E* consolidation to SCO UnixWare, SCO has made UTG obsolete as
a separate organization. This announcement is a logical and necessary
follow-on, enabling multiple vendors to collectively influence the future of
Intel-based UNIX," said David McCann, vice president, SMP server marketing
for Unisys Corporation.
"ICL applauds SCO's bold decision to create the UCF", said Chris Carlin,
former vice chairman of the UTG board and ICL's director of strategic
alliances. "It is another example of SCO's industry leadership and
willingness to tackle the tough industry issues by openly engaging its
customers and partners in sponsoring the level playing field forum that UCF
is. Anyone questioning SCO's seriousness and success quite possibly should
A Smooth, Rapid Transition
UCF will continue UTG's success as a forum for SCO's partners and its
competitors. The transition of UTG into the new UCF will be completed
quickly. To ensure the continuance of key UTG membership programs, UTG
personnel will participate in the transition team and continue working
with SCO and UCF.
SCO is the world's leading supplier of UNIX server operating systems, and a
leading provider of client-integration software that integrates Windows PCs
and other clients with UNIX servers from all major vendors. SCO Business
Critical Servers run the critical, day-to-day operations of large branch
organizations in retail, finance, telecom, and government, as well as
corporate departments and small to medium-sized businesses of every kind.
SCO sells and supports its products through a worldwide network of
distributors, resellers, systems integrators, and OEMs. For more
information, see SCO's WWW home page at: http://www.sco.com.
*Note: The Big E consolidation refers to seven OEMs, plus Intel and SCO
joining force to establish SCO UnixWare as the industry-standard UNIX
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