With an eye on the lucrative mainstream database market, Object Design Inc, Burlington, Massachusetts, has released its DBConnect object-relational communications tool, a component of its ObjectStore Component Architecture. Originally called Gateway – until the marketing folks changed their minds – DBConnect enables Object Design’s ObjectStore database to interoperate with relational databases, and works with IBM Corp’s DataJoiner for access to IMS and IBM mainframes. DBConnect uses a mapping schema developed with IBM which translates C++ object schema into relational schema and vice versa. DBConnect goes from $30,000. Object Design expects there will be two major point releases of its object-oriented ObjectStore database next year with improved concurrency, scalability, failover and notification. Meanwhile the company has completed its reorganisation which resulted in the shedding of its SmallTalk development team and loss of 30 of its sales, marketing and administration folk. It says it’s re-aligned along product lines and has split its marketing and sales efforts into Asia Pacific, Europe and North America geographies. International sales account for a third of its revenue. Its SQL client, which provides access to ObjectStore C++ data from SQL-based tools and applications has been pushed back to next quarter from last September. Object Design says it will have a new chief executive by the end of the month; acting chief executive Phyllis Swverski has left the company.