Netwise Inc, Boulder, Colorado, has opened a UK office in Wokingham, Surrey, which will serve as the basis for its international operations (CI No 1,442). Netwise International has already signed up SD-Scicon as a customer for its RPC Tool the UK systems integrator will incorporate the technology into new X400 products now under development for release later in the year. Don Taylor becomes European general manager, and says that the company is currently negotiating OEM deals with several European manufacturers. It has four European distributors already signed up, and four others will be added during the summer. Netwise recently failed to get RPC Tool adopted by the Open Software Foundation as part of its Distributed Computing Environment, but it has submitted the technology to the IEEE’s working group on distributed computing which has more or less taken the environment under its wing to ensure that some standardisation is eventually achieved. X/Open is understood to be working closely with IEEE on this task, and ISO, which sits at the top of the pile as far as standards are concerned, is reported to be looking for a decision within 18 months, a remarkably short timeframe in comparison with its usually lengthy processes. A study by Forrester Research Inc suggests that the client-erver software market could be worth $7,000m by 1994, up from around $1,000m now.