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New Rapid Application Development Platform Cuts Implementation Time of Web-Based Enterprise Applications in Half

ThinkCAP 6.0 Enterprise from ClearNova unlocks the power of J2EE for a broad audience

ALPHARETTA, Ga., March 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ClearNova Inc. today announced the release of ThinkCAP(TM) 6.0 Enterprise -- a rapid application development (RAD) platform that enables developers to save time and companies to save money in building and deploying today's complex Web-based business applications.

With ThinkCAP, a high-productivity environment for both Java experts and non-experts, businesses can simplify and accelerate their Web development - creating new applications or Web-enabling existing ones. Developers focus on providing rich functionality and usability and not on low-level "plumbing."

"J2EE is a strong, comprehensive enterprise platform -- and a complex one," said Byron Matheson, CEO of ClearNova. "This inherent complexity leads to longer application development cycles resulting in late projects, steep learning curves, additional hiring of expensive programmers, and reduced functionality to the end users. ThinkCAP takes the pain out of J2EE development by providing a framework and integrated visual design suite that allows developers to focus on the harder, company-specific details of the application."

Benefits: ThinkCAP 6.0 Brings Business Needs to Application Reality

ThinkCAP extends the power of J2EE by making it widely accessible for the varied skill sets of corporate business application developers -- many of whom work with tools other than J2EE, including PowerBuilder, RPG, Visual Basic, ColdFusion, and COBOL.

"J2EE delivered a solid enterprise architecture when we needed it the most, but the lack of high-productivity tools and the community's general engineering focus are undermining wider adoption of Java," said Steve Benfield, vice president of strategy, ClearNova. "By combining open source and our expertise working with customers, we built an environment from the business developer's point of view that brings the power of J2EE to a broader range of businesses and IT groups."

ThinkCAP provides Microsoft .NET-type productivity, but with the power and strength of J2EE. Businesses of any size can now leverage in-house skills to deliver high-quality Java Web applications effectively.

ThinkCAP cuts typical development time by up to 50 percent compared with traditional approaches. Developers spend more time zeroing in on core business logic and value-added functionality because ThinkCAP's tools let them quickly prototype and build presentation, application flow, and data binding. Customers also benefit from being able to implement a repeatable process for delivering business applications, further reducing the development and deployment cycle.

"We needed a technology platform that could help us build and integrate multiple applications, including e-commerce and supply chain management, over multiple domains, in a scalable fashion to meet the logistical requirements of our customers," said John Dunlap, vice president for e-business of Fabricolor, a leader in the dye-sublimation industry. "ClearNova came in with ThinkCAP and together we built a solid foundation that can create exactly the right custom applications to serve our customers. ClearNova's years of expertise were consistently available to us during the implementation process and they continue to support our company every step of the way. Going forward, ThinkCAP is our e-business platform as we continue to roll out business-critical applications to the Web."

Practical Features, Powerful Results

Version 6.0 of ClearNova's ThinkCAP Enterprise platform includes features and functionality -- developed over four years by ClearNova's application development services team -- that helps developers efficiently bring business needs to the Web.

The ThinkCAP platform tools and features include: * Visual Workbench -- allows visual development of pages, navigations, flows, data entry forms, charts and graphs, and reports * Page Flow Designer -- Point and click building of application flow * Prototyping and "mock" data -- Rapid building of "clickable" applications to validate assumptions and requirements; Prototypes can be turned into full applications * Updateable DataViews -- point and click updateable multi-row data entry grids * Advanced Web Framework -- A proven MVC (model-view-controller) framework provides the foundation for ThinkCAP's productivity * Extensibility and Openness -- ThinkCAP includes more than 20 open source projects and brings them together in one framework * Full client and server-side, extensible validation framework * Near-Codeless Data Persistence -- Seamless integration of popular open- source Hibernate and Castor persistence engines * Service Flow Designer & Engine -- Create application processes using SOAP-based Web Services * JCA and Web Services adapters to more than 50 different systems and formats including SAP, Seibel, Peoplesoft, CICS, and more * Tighter integration with Eclipse -- provides metadata constants in J2EE project * Full CVS Integration * Integrated content management system with approvals, workflows, and WebDAV support

"ThinkCAP provides a huge and immediate value-add to our customers who look to us for an end-to-end IT solution," said Tony Merendino, president, ServIT, a large systems integrator based in Atlanta. "Our customers aren't J2EE experts. They're RPG and COBOL experts who want to take advantage of J2EE and Web-enable the systems they have. Our partnership with ClearNova lets them build exactly the right applications in a cost-effective approach that delivers immediate, measurable ROI."

Availability and Pricing

ThinkCAP 6.0 Enterprise is available immediately through ClearNova and is priced at $15,000 per processor with unlimited users. An evaluation version is available at http://www.clearnova.com/ as a download or CD-ROM and is fully supported with tutorials and developer documentation.

About ClearNova

ClearNova, based in Alpharetta, part of Georgia's growing technology corridor, provides rapid application development software and expertise to power and deliver today's complex Web-based business applications.

ClearNova's flagship product, ThinkCAP, was originally released in 2001 as a high productivity environment for building Web applications for application service providers. ThinkCAP has evolved to include highly productive and intuitive visual designers for all elements of modern Web applications including user interface, application flow, data access, content management, security, Web services, and legacy integration.

ClearNova and ThinkCAP are trademarks or registered trademarks of ClearNova Inc. Other company, product, and service names may be the trademarks or service marks of others.

ClearNova Inc.

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