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New ILOG Rules for .NET 3.0 Brings Rule Authoring Directly to the Desktop for Microsoft Office 2007 Users

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and PARIS, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ILOG(R) (Nasdaq: ILOG; Euronext: ILO, ISIN: FR0004042364) today announced ILOG Rules(R) for .NET(R) 3.0 with unparalleled integration with Microsoft(R) platforms and products including Microsoft Office(R) 2007, Microsoft Visual Studio(R) and Microsoft .NET(R) Framework 3.0. The latest version of ILOG's business rules management system (BRMS) product line for the .NET platform, ILOG Rules for .NET 3.0 enables rule-editing directly from Office 2007 programs through a new dedicated environment for business users, out-of-box service-oriented architecture (SOA) deployment capability, enhanced performance and a new modular architecture.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and PARIS, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — ILOG(R) (Nasdaq: ILOG; Euronext: ILO, ISIN: FR0004042364) today announced ILOG Rules(R) for .NET(R) 3.0 with unparalleled integration with Microsoft(R) platforms and products including Microsoft Office(R) 2007, Microsoft Visual Studio(R) and Microsoft .NET(R) Framework 3.0. The latest version of ILOG's business rules management system (BRMS) product line for the .NET platform, ILOG Rules for .NET 3.0 enables rule-editing directly from Office 2007 programs through a new dedicated environment for business users, out-of-box service-oriented architecture (SOA) deployment capability, enhanced performance and a new modular architecture.

ILOG Rules for .NET Framework 3.0 has seamless integration with Office 2007, allowing business users to edit and manage business rules in Microsoft Word(R) and Microsoft Excel(R) through a new "Rules" tab in the Office 2007 toolbar or "ribbon," allowing them to get to their rules-related content with fewer mouse clicks. ILOG Rules for .NET 3.0 also provides support for Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Microsoft's unified programming model for building service-oriented applications. These new features align ILOG Rules for .NET with Microsoft's SOA strategy, further demonstrating ILOG's commitment to the Microsoft ecosystem.

"IT departments need the right tools to fully leverage the benefits of SOA and composite applications to continue to bridge the gap between business and IT," said Burley Kawasaki, Director in the Connected Systems Division at Microsoft. "We expect the investments ILOG has made in its latest release of Rules for .NET, particularly its tight integration with WCF and the .NET Framework, will benefit Microsoft customers who are trying to promote cross-boundary collaboration leveraging BRMS and SOA on Microsoft platforms."

Debuting with this new release, ILOG Rules for .NET 3.0 has a modular architecture similar to its sister product, ILOG JRules(TM), for the Java platform. These modules include a dedicated rule authoring environment for business users called Rule Solutions for Office. Other key benefits and features include the following:

— Portable Rule Editing Environment for Business users — Rule Solutions for Office and Rule Team Server for Microsoft SharePoint Services(R) combined to promote a document-centric approach to rule management, leveraging new features found only in Microsoft Office 2007. Users collaborate easily, taking rules where Word documents go — disconnected, routed, attached, and printed. — Out-of-the-box SOA deployment using Rule Execution Server for .NET — Traditionally, SOA investments have been expensive. However, ILOG Rules for .NET 3.0 lowers the costs of a typical SOA deployment by supporting "point-and-click" deployment, end-point management and standard approaches to project integration. Rule Execution Server for .NET leverages new features in the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 platform including native support for WCF and scales with both vertical and horizontal deployment models. — Enhanced Rule Management for Business Analysts — Business analysts can more easily collaborate with developers working on a common set of rules in their familiar environment. — Enhanced performance with RetePlus and FastPath available for the first time on the Microsoft .NET Framework platform — In this version, ILOG is introducing RetePlus and sequential execution with FastPath for .NET platform. The combination of RetePlus and FastPath in ILOG Rules for .NET 3.0 eliminates the need for a customer to compromise when selecting an algorithm.

ILOG Rules for .NET 3.0 is available immediately. For more information please visit: http://www.ilog.com/products/rulesnet/.

ILOG is a Microsoft Global ISV Partner, a member of the Microsoft Business Process Alliance, a premier-level member of the Visual Studio Industry Partner program and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. ILOG has consistently built on its history of product innovation to make it one of the industry's leading providers of BRMS. Forrester Research has recognized ILOG as a business rule platform market leader, including the leader in business rule platforms for Java. Customers of ILOG's award-winning BRMS products include eBay, Equifax, Grupo Santander, Harrah's Entertainment, Visa, Vodafone, Zurich, and many other leading Global 2000 companies and governments worldwide. ILOG's business rule management system (BRMS) product line includes ILOG JRules(TM), ILOG Rules(TM) for .NET(R) and ILOG Rules (C++)(R).

About ILOG

ILOG delivers software and services that empower customers to make better decisions faster and manage change and complexity. Over 3,000 corporations and more than 465 leading software vendors rely on ILOG's market-leading business rule management systems (BRMS), supply chain planning and scheduling applications as well as its optimization and visualization software components, to achieve dramatic returns on investment, create market-defining products and services, and sharpen their competitive edge. ILOG was founded in 1987 and employs more than 860 people worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.ilog.com.

ILOG, ILOG JRules and ILOG Rules(TM) for .NET(R) are registered trademarks of ILOG S.A. and ILOG, Inc. Microsoft, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft .NET, Microsoft SharePoint Services, and Microsoft Word and Excel are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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