UNICOM Systems, Inc. acquires Macro 4 PLC

MISSION HILLS, CA – January 5, 2009 – UNICOM® Systems, Inc. (“UNICOM”), of Mission Hills, California, a global leader in IBM mainframe, iOS, Domino, Lotus Notes, Unix and Open Systems Management Solutions, announces the acquisition of global software provider, Macro 4, PLC (“Macro 4”) of Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom.

This purchase, coupled with UNICOM’s acquisition of SoftLanding Systems, Inc., (“SoftLanding”) a leading provider of software management solutions for System i™ in 2006, demonstrates UNICOM’s continued commitment to meeting the IT needs of enterprises, worldwide.

"Our continued pursuit of a globalization strategy is the motive in acquiring Macro 4. UNICOM is committed to the zOS, CICS/TS, Document Management Solutions and System i™ market places worldwide. We believe that this expansion constitutes the next important step towards that goal. With the acquisition of Macro 4, UNICOM-Macro 4 will provide a global technical support network supported by wholly-owned subsidiaries operating in the UK, France, Germany, Benelux, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.” says Corry Hong, UNICOM’s President and CEO.

Asked to describe the synergies that UNICOM hopes to achieve, Mr. Hong elaborated that, "UNICOM-Macro 4’s respective CICS/TS products complement each other. In addition, Macro 4’s iOS suite of products will be bolstered by iOS products available via SoftLanding Systems. The combined offerings of UNICOM-SoftLanding-Macro 4 under one roof, will give us the ability to serve the needs of our customers in unprecedented ways. Our continued goal is to be a one- stop shop for all enterprise software needs, whether they be on the mainframe, System i™, or open systems.”

Mr. Hong credits UNICOM's past success to its focus on delivering value and reliability through quality products, support, and services, and believes that this business model transcends markets and technologies.

Ronnie Wilson, CEO of Macro 4 said, “We are excited by the prospect of joining the UNICOM family of companies. We look forward to expanding our markets and offering our customers additional products from the extensive suite of UNICOM and SoftLanding products.”

The System i™ software suite available from the UNICOM Group of Companies includes:

TurnOver - Integrated change management, version management, deployment, project management, and issue tracking for traditional System i™, Web, PC, and client/server applications.

SoftMenu - Secure, easy-to-use native menu administration for one or more System i™; processors, with support for remote systems, multiple divisions, and multi-language menus.

Access Manager - Native System i™ menu administration solution that addresses the problems of control, security and management of interactive users on one or more System i™ processors.

AutoConsole - Message queue monitoring solution for single and networked System i™ processors.

AutoJob - Advanced job scheduler for the System i™ environment. Designed to handle any type of batch job such as unattended backups, overnight reports and report distribution.

AutoPager - Designed to make unattended System i™ operations possible, enabling messages to be monitored and for staff to be paged when they are out of the office.

Disk Space Analyzer - Management of System i™ disk space in an efficient and systematic way thus avoiding unnecessary disk upgrades while also improving performance.

Performance Analyzer - Comprehensive real time performance monitoring and historical analysis for single and networked System i™ processors.

Print Manager - Spool file management system designed to address all aspects of System i™ print management.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need technical assistance? Technical support contacts have not changed and you should continue to use the same contacts for support.

Will UNICOM Systems continue to be a global leader in licensing and supporting CICS-based mainframe software? Absolutely. Not only does UNICOM continue to be a global leader in IBM mainframe software development, license and support, it continues to aggressively pursue new opportunities in the mainframe market. By joining with Macro 4, UNICOM is signaling its desire to expand into Document Management Solutions while continuing to develop, improve, support and acquire mainframe software, particularly CICS-based software. Macro 4, SoftLanding and UNICOM can now provide products and support across multiple platforms, mainframe, Unix and System i™ alike.

If there are any questions about the merger, who do I contact? Because Macro 4 and UNICOM will be consolidated, going forward, all non-technical inquiries should be made to the following: Mr. Eugene Smith UNICOM® Systems, Inc. UNICOM Plaza, Suite 310 15535 San Fernando Mission Blvd. Mission Hills, CA 91345 (818) 838-0606

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About SoftLanding® Systems

SoftLanding, a division of UNICOM® Global, specializes in software solutions for the IBM i and Power Systems platform.

SoftLanding’s application lifecycle management solution helps IT teams to deploy software changes faster, with less effort, and eliminates errors throughout the entire development process.

The company’s enterprise content management solution releases the power of digital communications through web, mobile and email channels, without changes to existing IT systems and applications.

SoftLanding’s automated operations and performance management solutions keep core business systems running at optimum levels and prevent unplanned application downtime. The company’s menu management solutions offer easy access to corporate business applications running on IBM i.

About UNICOM® Global

UNICOM Global consists of more than fifty (50) corporate entities encompassing a wide range of businesses across all geographic regions. With its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California, to offices in Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia, throughout EMEA in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland and the UAE, and across Asia/Pacific with locations in Japan, China, India, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines.

UNICOM Global offers deep in-house resources and flexible IT solutions to our partners worldwide. UNICOM Global focuses on acquiring and integrating mature and growing mid-cap NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange AIM and German publicly-traded companies in technology, financing, IT, real estate, and business services. Please visit our websites for additional information about the services, products and solutions that UNICOM Global offers:

UNICOM Global - Assets, capital and investment management

UNICOM Systems - IBM Mainframe software products

UNICOM Government (formerly NASDAQ: GTSI) - Government IT solutions

UNICOM Engineering (formerly NASDAQ: NEI) Appliance platform

UNICOM Science and Technology Parks

UNICOM Technology Park – Innovation Labs in Virginia

UNICOM Science and Technology Park – Innovation Labs in New Jersey

UNICOM Capital - Business and Financial Services

USRobotics - Data communications products

Memeo - Enterprise-grade Secure File Sharing for the Cloud

Firetide - Wireless technology solutions for security and transportation

DETEC - Document composition products

SoftLanding Systems - IBM i software products

Macro 4 (formerly LONDON: MAO) - Document Management products

illustro - z/OS and z/VSE software products

iET Solutions - ITSM software products

Eden - Mergers & Acquisitions, Business & Financial Services, and Real Estate - Hardware, Software, Outsourcing and Professional Services

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