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ARIS Corporation
25411 126/th/  Avenue S.E.
Kent, Washington  98031
(206) 630-8398
FAX (206) 852-1469


Employment Agreement between Applied Relational Information Systems, Inc., a
Washington corporation ("ARIS"), and Kendall Kunz ("Employee").

1. Employment.  ARIS hereby employs Employee and Employee hereby accepts
employment under the terms and conditions herein after set forth.

2. Terminable at Will.  Subject to the provisions of termination in Paragraph 7,
employment is terminable at will, by either ARIS or Employee.

3. Compensation and Benefits.  ARIS agrees to provide Employee with the
compensation and benefits set forth in the offer letter dated July 13, 1992
attached hereto and incorporated by this reference.

4. Duties.  ARIS reserves the right to assign and delegate work and specific
responsibilities to the Employee. Employee shall devote (his/her) full time and
attention and best efforts to the utmost of (his/her) skill to the rendering of
professional services for ARIS and cannot practice his profession except as an
employee of ARIS.

5. Covenant Not To Compete.  During the term of this Agreement and for a period
of one year thereafter, Employee shall not directly or indirectly, for
Employee's benefit, or for or with any person, firm or business entity of any
kind other than ("ARIS contact or provide products or services for any client or
potential client of ARIS with whom employee has had contact in the 12 months
preceding the termination of this Agreement, for the purposes of soliciting,
attempting to solicit, or providing any products or services that are similar to
or in competition with that in which ARIS provides.

6.  Confidential and Proprietary Information. Unless authorized by ARIS,
Employee agrees not to exploit, use or disclose to anyone not employed by ARIS
directly or indirectly, confidential and proprietary information which is
defined to include, but is not limited to, the following:

A.  Customer and employee lists of ARIS, marketing and sales plans, product
development plans, competitive analyses, business and financial plans or
forecasts, non-public financial information and agreements.

B.  Any information or material not described above which relates to ARIS' trade
secrets, inventions, technological developments, "know-how", purchasing,
accounting, merchandising or licensing.

C.  Any information of the type described above which ARIS has legal obligation
to treat as confidential and proprietary, or which ARIS treats as confidential
and proprietary, whether or not owned or developed by ARIS.

D.  Software developed or licensed by or for ARIS or licensed to ARIS by a third
party, and any documentation or listing pertaining to such software. The term
"software" as used in this

paragraph refers to software in various stages of development and includes
without limitation the literal elements of a program (source code, object code
or otherwise), its audio visual components (menus, screens, structure and
organization), and human or machine readable form of the program, and any
writing or medium in which the program or the information therein is stored,
written, inscribed, including without limitation, diagrams, flow charts,
designs, drawings, specifications, models, data, bug reports, and customer

Employee further agrees to promptly disclose to ARIS all ideas, processes,
inventions, modifications, improvements and concepts, whether or not patentable
or copyrightable (hereinafter referred to as "Discoveries") relating to any work
or business conducted by ARIS whether or not conceived by Employee alone or with
others, and whether or not conceived during regular business hours.  All such
Discoveries shall be the sole and exclusive property of ARIS, and Employee
agrees to execute without receiving additional compensation any and all
documents necessary to assign such Discoveries to ("ARIS and to obtain a patent,
register or copyright, or enforce ARIS' rights in such Discoveries.

The obligations of nondisclosure in this paragraph 7 shall continue beyond the
cessation of the Employee's term of employment.
Upon cessation of employment, Employee agrees to return all ARIS property
including, but not limited to, confidential and proprietary information
(originals and copies).

Proprietary Information shall not include information known publicly or
generally employed in the trade, nor shall it include generic knowledge that
employee would have learned in the source of similar employment elsewhere.

7. Termination.  This Agreement shall be terminated a) by the death or
disability of the employee, b) for cause or c) if either party provides the
other with 30 days prior written notice.

For purposes of this Agreement, "for cause" means:

Breach of any Company personnel Policy or work rule, breach of any covenant in
this Agreement, moral turpitude, gross professional neglect, or incompetence.

Disability is defined as not being able to effectively perform one's duties and
responsibilities for 30 days or more due to a medical condition or as defined by
the insurance company if employee has disability insurance.

Termination for cause shall be effective immediately upon the receipt by
Employee of written notice of said termination which will state the reasons

8. Notices.  Any notice required or permitted to be given under this Agreement
shall be sufficient if in writing and if sent by registered or certified mail to
Employee's residence, and in the case of ARIS, to its principal office.

9. Dispute Resolution.  Any dispute over the meaning or performance of this
Agreement shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the rules
then obtaining of the Christian Conciliation Service of Puget Sound, and
judgment upon the award rendered may be entered in King County Superior Court.
The prevailing party shall recover its reasonable attorneys' fees from the non-
prevailing party.

10. Venue; Choice of Law.  Any disputes arising out of this Agreement shall be
adjudicated in King County, Washington, subject to the preceding paragraph, and
shall be governed by the laws of the State of Washington.

11. Relationship of the Parties.  This Agreement establishes an employment
relationship between the parties and shall not be construed to create any other
relationship, including but not limited to, a partnership or joint venture.

12. Remedies.  Employee acknowledges the breach of any of the covenants in
paragraphs 6 and 7 shall cause irreparable harm to ARIS that may not be
completely remedied by an award of damages, and, therefore, Employee stipulates
to entry of an injunction against continuation of such breach, in addition to
any other legal remedies available to ARIS.

13. Entire Agreement.  This Agreement supersedes any prior or contemporaneous
representations or agreements, written or oral, between the parties and contains
the entire agreement of the parties.  Both parties agree that any modification
or amendment to this Agreement shall require a written agreement signed by both

14. Continuation.  In the event that Employee becomes a shareholder of ARIS,
this Agreement shall nevertheless remain fully effective and binding on the
Employee in accordance with its terms and conditions.

15. Assignment  This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of
ARIS' successors and assigns and Employee's heirs. Employee's duties herein
shall not be delegable without ARIS' written consent.


By:   /s/ Paul Song                 /s/ Kendall W. Kunz
Date:   July 13, 1992                    July 22, 1992