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GraphOn, GoldMine Forge Licensing Pact

GraphOn Corp. Monday teamed up with GoldMine Software Corp. in a licensing agreement to use its Bridges software as a web-enabler of GoldMine's family of products.

The agreement allows GoldMine to use Bridges software to take its HEAT software and customer relationship management applications online.

The first web-enabled application scheduled for release is GoldMine's service optimization software. According to the agreement, GoldMine has licensed GraphOn's (GOJO) software to web-enable the industry's first CRM solution for the broad mid-market.

GoldMine management also intends to expand its per seat licensing of Bridges technology to enable application service providers to rent GoldMine business solutions over the Internet.

Edwin Gear, GoldMine Divisional President, said GraphOn's Bridges for Windows provides the software company with the means to quickly web-enable its CRM solutions.

"We can now give organizations a complete set of business tools and a distinct competitive advantage by extending the full functionality of GoldMine's solutions to anyone in the world with a web browser and Internet connection," Gear said. "This is about optimizing our solutions in a way that is easy to install and use, and extends the use of our systems through the web as a key user interface."

Walt Keller, GraphOn president and chief executive officer, said the deal has a potential value of several million dollars for GraphOn.

"Our web-enabling technology is designed to provide software developers, such as GoldMine, with the ability to quickly and seamlessly create server-based, or web-enabled, versions of their applications," Keller said. "GraphOn's Bridges will enable GoldMine to provide mission-critical business solutions that can be accessed from any desktop or web browser, over any remote connection, including the Internet or dial-up, anywhere in the world."

Colorado-based GoldMine Software focuses on designing integrated solutions that allow businesses to support customers and manage assets through their entire life cycle. Its flagship product, HEAT is an automatic call logging and tracking system that includes asset management, telephony integration, and knowledge management. GoldMine products have been implemented by more than 700,000 users worldwide.

The GraphOn Bridges web-enabled version of HEAT is expected to release in second quarter 2000.

GraphOn Bridges allows independent software vendors to web-enable existing Windows, UNIX, and Linux applications for access over the Internet.