Messaging middleware such as IBM Corp’s MQSeries can ensure messages are delivered between applications, but there’s no guarantee that any message will be understood once it arrives, or that it will be acted upon. New York city company New Paradigm Software Corp claims its Copernicus translation software can play the good traffic cop and make messages intelligible to distributed applications which may reside across multiple systems. If you decide to invest in messaging then you have to enable your applications to talk to the messaging system, New Paradigm’s Nick Field says. Copernicus uses translation algorithms stored in an ANSI SQL metadata database on Unix or NT- based systems. New Paradigm says developers can choose from a set of options presented on a graphical menu- with no coding required – to have, for example, one Unix-based Ingres application talk meaningfully to another on a Digital Equipment Corp VAX. Indeed it’s the integration of classic systems – the politically correct term New Paradigm uses for legacy systems – with Unix and NT systems which the company thinks will be its bread and butter business, especially now that IBM Corp has given respectability to the Copernicus software by agreeing to sell it for use with its MQSeries messaging software. New Paradigm says it was the MQSeries sales force which realised Copernicus would make MQSeries product more powerful and persuaded management to make it available to them. It expects MQSeries-based Copernicus sales to become its biggest revenue stream over time. But the technology is not limited to MQSeries. Copernicus was first implemented on top of Momentum Software Inc’s X-IPC messaging technology, and New Paradigm says it has also been approached by Reuters Holdings Plc’s Tibco Inc and BEA Systems Inc, the owners of Tuxedo. Copernicus can support custom applications programming interfaces that messaging vendors don’t support natively. Copernicus costs $125,000. New Paradigm is a spin-off from financial software house Management Technologies Inc, following its realisation, in 1994, that the messaging translation software it was sitting on could be applied beyond the financial markets (CI No 2,365). It claims ten corporate accounts including Marriott Hotels, Bell Atlantic and Delta. Delta and a couple of banks. The 30-person company still considers itself in start-up mode. It dabbled with Internet telephones for a while, buying NetPhone from Electric Magic Co, but later selling it on to Camelot (CI No 2,755).