Sybase Completes Acquisitions

Sybase finalizes acquisition of XcelleNet and of substantially all of the assets of Dejima; offers new version of Pylon Application Server

May 3, 2004

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DUBLIN, Calif. -- Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure and mobile software, today announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of XcelleNet, Inc., the leader in frontline management software, from investment firm Francisco Partners. Sybase intends to integrate XcelleNet into its iAnywhere Solutions subsidiary, positioning the combined organization as the leader in mobile database, mobile middleware and mobile and remote device management.

"We are confident that the union with XcelleNet is a strategic fit and will benefit our joint customers and partners, uniquely providing a complete portfolio of solutions for unwiring the enterprise," said Terry Stepien, president of iAnywhere. "We look forward to continuing the strong momentum of the RemoteWare and Afaria product lines and leveraging our combined mobile solutions to help companies arm workers with anytime, anywhere access to critical information."

Together Sybase and XcelleNet plan to leverage their joint industry-leading mobile technology to help enterprises unwire by mobilizing critical corporate data, information and applications and improving the long-term security and maintenance of these solutions. Sybase expects to gain 2,200 global customers through this acquisition, significantly strengthening its presence in vertical markets such as retail and pharmaceuticals. In addition, Sybase will realize expanded relationships with partners and independent software vendors (ISVs) including HP and Microsoft. The integration of these companies will also expand the global reach of XcelleNet's products through the resulting combined sales channels and robust partner network.

In a separate release:

Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure and mobile software, today announced the completion of its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Dejima, Inc., a leading provider of mobile access solutions using natural language interface technology. Sybase will integrate the Dejima assets into its iAnywhere Solutions subsidiary, adding patented technology that simplifies access to backend data, applications and information to its portfolio of market-leading mobile solutions. In addition, Sybase announced today the completion of the acquisition of XcelleNet (see separate press release).

"The Dejima technology is a perfect fit with our existing portfolio of market-leading solutions for mobilizing corporate data, web-based content, email and more," said Terry Stepien, president of iAnywhere. "With this proven, patented technology, we can open wide the doors to centralized information, making it easier for workers and consumers to get the information they need, when the need it - no matter what their level of technical expertise."

Sybase plans to leverage the Dejima technology to add natural spoken language and text access through common messaging interfaces to backend systems such as databases and enterprise applications - revolutionizing the way business is conducted and freeing critical information for easy access by non-technical end users. The combined organization will also work with partner companies (ISVs, OEMs, SIs, etc.) and customers to develop solutions powered by the Dejima technology such as sales force automation/customer relationship management applications, applications for wireless carriers and telematics solutions.

In a separate release:

iAnywhere Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), today announced a new version of PylonÔ Application Server, its award-winning software for extending Lotus Domino environments to PDAs and smartphones. This next generation features a web-based architecture that enables developers to leverage their existing Domino Designer expertise to easily extend Domino applications to mobile devices. Pylon Application Server 6.0 also introduces client-side business logic, scanning support and web-based management to simplify the development and deployment of robust mobile enterprise applications.

"The fact that Pylon Application Server now employs a web-based architecture makes it easier than ever before for us to meet the needs of our diverse clients," said Peter Skeffington, managing director at Time Technology, a leading systems integrator. "It is by far the easiest way for us to distribute and upgrade Domino applications such as sales force automation and customer relationship management solutions for mobile devices."

"iAnywhere has long focused on enabling developers to leverage their existing development tool expertise to easily create sophisticated mobile applications. With Pylon Application Server 6.0, Domino Designer developers can quickly and easily build mobile cross-platform Domino applications while realizing all the benefits of a web-based solution such as easier application deployment and upgrading," said Diana Ungersma, product manager at iAnywhere.

Pylon Application Server 6.0 simplifies the deployment of Domino applications to handheld devices through enhancements such as:

  • New web-based architecture - Pylon Application Server 6.0 now leverages iAnywhere M-Business AnywhereÔ technology, which provides a robust, proven web-based architecture. This architecture simplifies Domino application deployment and upgrades since all changes made on the server can be instantly available to mobile clients. In addition, it enables companies to easily deploy other, non-Domino web-based applications using a single server and provides superior cross-platform mobile device support.

  • Support for client-side business logic - the introduction of JavaScript support enables client-side business logic, streamlining the amount and accuracy of information that is synchronized with backend systems. For example, an on-device application can validate information as the user enters it to make sure that a product order form is filled out correctly.

  • Scanning integration - support for scanners enables field workers to easily gather information using a device scanner and have the critical data automatically populate the correct form fields.

  • Management - a web-based management console provides user, group, application management and usage tracking information. This data can be used by companies to simplify mobile device management, monitor application usage and track synchronization times and frequency.



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