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Surround Technologies Announces New Strategic Partnership with looksoftware

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – November 20, 2008 — Surround Technologies today announced a new Strategic Partnership with looksoftware, the authors of a full line of Development and Deployment Tools for System i modernization, including newlook, centric, soarchitect and others.

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The accord comes as the synergistic fit between the development products of the two firms became obvious, as well as their shared philosophy and approach to a common IBM midrange client base.

Surround Technologies’ CEO, Lee Paul, saw the looksoftware line as complementing Surround’s Accelerator Development Tools. “Not only did we see the lines harmonizing, but we saw an opportunity to unify them to provide our common clients an even more powerful toolset,” Paul maintains, “which is why we developed the free newlook Plug-Ins for Accelerator and Visual LANSA.”

looksoftware’s Managing Director, Marcus Dee, adds, “Short term and long term, we saw a superior fit with Surround, and are thrilled to add a Development and Integration firm of their quality to our Strategic Partner list. We know our mutual customers will be well served.”

The Surround-developed software Plug-Ins provide tight integration between the products, and are available now. Additional terms of the agreement include exploring further co-development potentials and allow Surround to resell the entire looksoftware line and are effective immediately.


Look software

Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, looksoftware is a privately held technology company founded in 1995. Their primary mission is providing easy-to-use, powerful tools that deliver rapid ROI to their customers by reusing, extending and integrating existing IT assets. With direct representation in the US, UK, Asia, and with a network of 140+ Partners, they provide global coverage to over 2500 customers in 52 countries. Customers include De Beers, Kraft, Avis, US Government, Volvo, Wyeth, and Toshiba. For more, visit

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