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(NOVERA-SOFTWARE) Novera and the Allied Group Partner to Offer Unique Interactive Retail Solutions; jBusiness Products Used to Manage Java Kiosk Applications
(Business Wire; 05/08/98)

     BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 1998--Novera(TM) Software, 
 Inc., the leader in server-side Java, today announced that the company has 
 partnered with The Allied Group to create Java kiosk applications for the 
 retail market based on Novera's recently announced jBusiness(TM) Solutions. 
 This relationship will allow The Allied Group, a developer and integrator of 
 interactive software applications, to offer their customers networked kiosk 
 applications that are easily developed, deployed, and managed across the 

      "Self-service, interactive kiosks are fast becoming an important method 
 for retail establishments to offer their patrons a convenient way to purchase 
 goods and services," explains Irv Miglietta, president, The Allied Group. "Our 
 customers look to us to provide software applications that can be rapidly 
 deployed and easily managed over a large-scale network. Our partnership with 
 Novera, and the use of jBusiness Products, will enable us to create the 
 solutions being driven by the IT needs of today's retail environment."

      The strength of Novera's jBusiness Solutions is found in the product's 
 capability to improve the quality of server-side Java application development, 
 deployment, and management across the enterprise. These factors are critical in 
 the implementation for the types of kiosk applications developed for The Allied 
 Group's retail customers. Furthermore, jBusiness facilitates development of 
 intranet, extranet, Internet, and platform-independent applications on various 
 hardware architectures, operating systems, and disparate object models.

      One example of the kind of kiosk implementation that will be improved 
 through the partnership between The Allied Group and Novera includes a self-
 service, nationwide retail gift registry. Using the management component 
 inherent in the jBusiness products, single kiosks are able to simultaneously 
 provide access to bridal, baby, retirement and graduation registries, thus 
 offering greater flexibility and convenience to customers.

      "This partnership is further evidence that server-side Java is a viable 
 option for the development of enterprise wide, business applications," states 
 David Butler, vice president, marketing at Novera. "We are pleased to be 
 working closely with the Allied Group to provide the solutions their customers 
 require, and look forward to creating the most comprehensive Java-based 
 solutions available to the retail market."

 About the Allied Group

      The Allied Group provides interactive technology, solutions integration, 
 and data management services to companies both nationally and internationally. 
 The company is headquartered in Glastonbury, CT, with several other offices on 
 the East coast. Allied's interactive clients include Wal-Mart, OfficeMax, AIG 
 Insurance, United Technologies, Hamilton Standard, and Otis Elevator. For 
 additional information, visit the company's Web site at

 About Novera Software, Inc.

      Novera Software, Inc. provides software products that help organizations 
 develop, deploy, and manage server-side Java applications across the 
 enterprise. For additional information contact Novera at 781-270-4422 or 1-888-
 NOVERA1, or visit Novera at Novera and jBusiness are trademarks 
 of Novera Software, Inc. Products or service names mentioned herein are or may 
 be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective companies or 


      CONTACT: PAN Communications, Inc.
               Christina Pandapas, 978/474-1900 
               [email protected]                          
               The Allied Group 
               Marvin Elbaum, 860/652-6623 ext. 228         
               [email protected]        

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