In addition DataDirect is first with Performance Wizards for achieving optimal driver performance in minutes for ODBC, JDBC and .Net

SLOUGH, UK. – 11 May, 2005 – DataDirect Technologies, the leading provider of components for connecting software to data, is helping financial organisations to improve security and regulatory compliance with a new version of its widely-used Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) driver for Oracle and SQL databases. Released today the new version includes support for integrated user authentication and single sign-on initiatives and also offers Performance Wizards - an industry first - for customised configuration, enabling software developers to build high-performance applications while speeding development, integration and deployment.

DataDirect Technologies’ drivers connect virtually any application to any data. They are embedded by the world’s leading database and application providers; preferred by many systems integrators and used by IT departments across industries, especially in the financial sector.

"Drivers tend to be forgotten, once installed," says Terence Cooke, vice president of DataDirect’s international operations, headquartered in Slough, UK. "We are urging the finance sector to check that their JDBC drivers are up-to-date and offer single sign-on and user authentication which are important for supporting best practice compliance initiatives, achieving stronger security, lowering management costs and improving logging and auditability."

DataDirect Technologies’ support for single sign-on or operating system user authentification helps to counter the proliferation of user IDs, the duplication of accounts in network directories and application databases, and the vulnerablility of passwords to network sniffers and security breaches when they are transmitted over networks to log on to different applications and databases.

DataDirect Technologies offers the most comprehensive, proven line of data connectivity components. Linking applications to an unparalleled range of data sources, the DataDirect Connect suites for .Net, ODBC and JDBC support all major databases including Oracle, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, Informix and Progress®.

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