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Mountain Lakes, NJ, January 20, 2003 - Red Oak Software's Legacy Integrator provided the crucial application integration between hosted legacy systems and the new front-end policy processing system required for an important market expansion initiative at Plymouth Rock Assurance™.

Founded in Massachusetts in 1984, with more than $126 million in direct premiums currently written, Plymouth Rock has flourished in what could arguably be called the toughest auto insurance market in the country, by staying true to its philosophy of providing truly superior service. Last year, Plymouth Rock faced the challenge of continuing to improve their exemplary service levels while expanding into the Connecticut market, with scores of potential new agent relationships and 1,200,000 new households with automobiles. In planning for this potentially explosive growth, with its resultant demands on their IT structure, Plymouth Rock was also wrestling with the same data aggregation challenges faced by every company using an application service provider: an inability to modify the code of applications they don't own.

To complicate the project, Plymouth Rock had only three months to build a new policy processing system that would provide flawless service to scores of new agents who would be writing new business and transferring books of existing business. They needed to guarantee agent and customer satisfaction by providing one internal view of the customer, reflecting all contact and data points across the enterprise, by linking invaluable legacy applications to the very newest software for real time inquiry and update, but with a totally non-intrusive technology. The solution was Red Oak's Legacy Integratorä, which was instrumental in helping them meet the deadline.

Plymouth Rock, like many organizations, has committed to an all-Java architecture. Fortunately, Legacy Integrator is 100% Java, like all of Red Oak's products, so it not only fit seamlessly into Plymouth Rock's WebSphere√Ę middleware, but was also a good strategic fit. The testing environment provided a particularly disciplined method for solving problems, and Legacy Integrator's robust simplicity and flexibility took away almost all of the technical challenges at the mainframe end of the system.

Each of Red Oak's Transaction Integration™ products includes a Software Development Kit and Server Runtime Environment that allows all 390, AS/400, Tandem, Digital, Unix and HTML-based application interactions to be seamlessly integrated with any of the major EAI messaging systems, from vendors such as IBM, webMethods, Vitria, SeeBeyond and TIBCO.

These Java products also provide customers with fast, efficient programmatic connectivity to Application Server solutions, from vendors such as BEA, IBM, Oracle and Sun, and any of the major enterprise systems, including Siebel, Peoplesoft and SAP. This functionality enables large corporations to capitalize on their massive investment in legacy applications and extend their reach to the Internet applications necessary for eBusiness.

Red Oak is privately held. It was financed through venture capital from Opticality Ventures of New York and private investment. They specialize in Transaction Integration, by which access to any application logic and data is developed automatically into business objects, regardless of the programming language or database structure of the legacy application. The company is headquartered in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, with corporate offices in Rochester and Charlotte. Additional information is available at: Red Oak Software, Inc., 115 Route 46, Suite F1000, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey 07046; Phone: 973-316-6064; email:; or at the Web site:

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