Federal Agencies Buy

More MicrocomputersFederal agencies bought nearly 200,000 microcomputers in fiscal 1987, according to a new survey by the General Services Administration .

The new purchases brought to almost 500,000 the number in operation in the federal government, said Frank J. Carr, commissioner of GSA's Information Resources Management Service.

He said agencies bought almost three times as many microcomputers in fiscal year 1987 as in fiscal 1985, when 67,502 were purchased. No survey of fiscal 1986 purchases was conducted, he said.

Zenith Data Systems provided 59 percent of the microcomputers acquired in fiscal 1987. IBM Corp. was second with 9.6 percent of the sales. Eight other companies shared 16 percent of the federal market and the remainder was supplied by 647 other vendor/suppliers, the study said.

Sterling Extends Offers

Until Friday, May 6

DALLAS - Sterling Software Inc. said its debenture exchange and stock tender offers, scheduled to expire on April 29, have been extended until 5 P.M. EST on Friday, May 6.

Sterling said the one week extension of its offers was advisable because of delays in getting full information to its debenture holders.

Under its recapitalization plan, Sterling is offering to exchange its existing $106.5 million of 8 percent convertible subordinated debentures, due 2001, for new 11 percent notes due 1998.

At the same time, Sterling is offering to purchase up to 3 million of its 6 million shares outstanding at a price between $9 and $10, as determined by tendering stockholders through a Dutch Auction procedure.

Pa. Company Develops

System for Schools

MALVERN, Pa. - Systems & Computer Technology Corp. has new relational- technol ogy it calls ISIS-4D.

The new offering is a fourth-generation student administrative system and uses the IDMS relational database management system from Cullinet Software Inc.