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CAMBRIDGE, MA – June 15, 1998 – Post-relational database specialist InterSystems Corporation today announced that the Department of Justice State of Bern in Switzerland has upgraded to the Caché multidimensional object database. Caché will be used to run Department of Justice applications, replacing its existing Sybase systems. The Bern Department of Justice is responsible for the infrastructure and organization of the City’s court system, including Judges, Circle Courts, Primary Courts, Registry of Commerce, Bankruptcy Service and the Landmark Registry, employing more than 1,400 workstations installed on 43 different locations across the state of Bern.

“We’ve been using a Sybase database to run our systems for the past two years,” said Rolf Streb, IT Manager for Bern’s Department of Justice. “We had a lot of performance and scalability problems with our systems, as well as stability issues on Windows NT. If the systems don’t work properly, it holds up the whole department, and slows down judicial proceedings. From time to time, I take a look at what’s new on the market and evaluate interesting products. I’ve been familiar with InterSystems technology for some time, and after Caché was launched, we decided to evaluate it against our existing systems.”

Following a six-month evaluation, Streb and his team were able to port their applications to Caché without changing a single line of application code for the Department’s Business Control System, called Tribuna 2000. Tribuna 2000 regulates all aspects of the Department’s business, including scheduling police appearances before the judge, documentation, court dates and court transcripts, as well as interfacing between the courthouses, district courts and seditions.

Caché is InterSystems’ new post-relational database that uses a multidimensional data model to provide high performance transaction processing capabilities for complex applications.

“We run our systems in pure SQL. From a technical perspective, we find Caché much easier than the old relational database as Caché’s multidimensional model provides dual access (objects and tables), is easier to modify, has more scalability and significant performance gains,” said Streb.

Transaction Handling 100 Times Faster

“The greatest business benefit has been the performance gains. With the Sybase system, the amount of data entered into the database could not be processed in one day. This slowed everything down. With Caché, the transaction handling is much greater. The Department handles up to half a million transactions in one day. We estimate that Caché is 100 times faster on the transaction handling side, and 20-30 times faster overall. As you can imagine, this equates to significant improvements in our efficiency,” added Streb.

“Financially, it’s also a good investment for us. The Sybase system cost us more than $1 million two years ago, as well as the cost of ownership associated with it. With Caché, we are getting a much faster system that enables us to be 20-100 times more efficient, is much easier to maintain and takes far less system administration.”

The Department’s systems are running on Digital Servers and Digital PC clients over an Ethernet backbone with Caché implemented on the server and ODBC on the client. The Court Systems have already been deployed in Caché. The Landmark Registry, which regulates rental, ownership and financing contracts for property, is scheduled to go live next month in June. The Bankruptcy systems will go live later along with various departmental Registries.

This is the latest in a series of large customer wins for InterSystems’ Caché. More than 75 per cent of the company’s VARs (Value Added Resellers) have migrated to the Caché post-relational database since its launch in September last year.

About InterSystems Corporation

Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, InterSystems Corporation is the leading worldwide provider of high performance post-relational database systems optimized for transaction processing applications, with over 1.5 million users worldwide. Caché uniquely features advanced object functionality and powerful, industry-standard SQL capability integrated with a transactional multidimensional data model for high performance, scalability, and reliability in Web and other network-centric environments.

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