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One of the companies leading the market into tomorrow is doing its work with people, with software, and with a blend of both online. Later today, MB Foster is linking its expertise with users in the latest of its line of Wednesday lunchtime webinars.

Today's meeting at 11 AM Pacific (2PM Eastern) answers questions and introduces an upgrade program to get 3000 sites to use UDALink, the company's Universal Data Access flagship product. An MB Foster webinar always includes time to ask questions, but the company will offer answers to the most important query: "Where it came from and where it is today and where it is going."

UDALink is the most current generation of software that was hailed by the 3000 community when it was scratching its way to parity with HP's other enterprise servers. MB Foster provided ODBC capability for MPE/iX in the 1990s in a deal with Hewlett-Packard, putting ODBCLink/SE on every 3000 shipped. When you register for today's program, the company says, you can learn about how to transform that database link tool loaded on your 3000 into something that could keep that 3000 relevant.

Data stores on HP 3000s reach far back into many companies' business history. Connecting that data to other servers in an environment has more potential than empowering corporate decisions. The links can also elevate the stature of the 3000 in business enterprise planning. IT managers with a strong 3000 background can benefit personally from using these kinds of tools.

The UDALink software continues its climb from classic roots of DataExpress, built in the 1980s, to a tool that spreads 3000 data into the rest of an IT environment.

It supplies high performance data access and delivery services from server to website, to custom data stores and the desktops of your organization. UDALink makes it easy to get data from legacy HP 3000 application databases. UDALink’s heritage is from DataExpress, to which we added ODBC/JDBC, Powerhouse and TPI interfaces and an evolving group of functionality and datasources.

The software is more than an echo of 3000 accomplishments. Versions are also available for Linux and Unix servers, so if a company plans to move more than data around, it will find a tool waiting to take over the work on transition platforms.