9/4/2002 - Extended Systems, a leading provider of mobile information management solutions for the enterprise, announced shareholder approval and completion of the company's planned acquisition of ViaFone. "Extended Systems now offers a comprehensive suite of mobile solutions and services for the strategic development and implementation of mobile applications throughout the enterprise," said Steve Simpson, Extended Systems CEO and president. "By integrating ViaFone's real-time mobile platform and enterprise applications, Extended Systems can offer enterprise IT nearly all the required elements for a successful mobile deployment."
Simpson said the current makeup of the company is what top management envisioned nearly five years ago when Extended Systems set its sights on becoming a leading mobile software provider and acquired Rand Software, a company with a PC-based synchronization technology for handheld devices. At the time, fall of 1998, the technology was on the leading edge. A string of acquisitions and mobile product development has followed, including the 1999 purchase of Advance Systems Limited, the UK company that brought enterprise class, server-based sync technology to Extended Systems.
"We were early to market with the PC and server-based synchronization and management products. But by maintaining the course of our strategy, educating and working closely with enterprise customers, and investing in the development and acquisition of mobile technology, we have achieved a strong, competitive position in the mobile enterprise market."
Simpson said the ViaFone acquisition further strengthens the company's competitive position and completes another phase of the company's strategy to enable Global 2000 companies to extend business-critical enterprise applications to mobile and wireless environments.
"What's more," said Simpson, "the addition of real-time mobile platform functionality and enterprise mobile applications provides Extended Systems with what we believe are strong up-sell opportunities to leverage with our current base of more than 2,200 enterprise customers."
About Extended Systems Mobile Solutions and Services Suite
One of the key benefits of combining ViaFone's services and technologies with Extended Systems' is the ability to offer Enterprise IT a comprehensive set of mobile solutions and services through a single vendor. This increases customer intimacy and helps ensure mobile deployment success. With the close of the acquisition, Extended Systems' mobile solutions and services suite now includes:
Acquisition Brings New Director, Officers to Extended Systems
Russ McMeekin, former CEO of ViaFone, joined Extended Systems' Board of Directors upon the close of the merger. Joining the company as officers are Fernando Ruarte, a founder of ViaFone who takes on the role of Extended Systems' Vice President of Product Management, and Raphael Auphan, Extended Systems' new Vice President of European Sales. Additionally, Mark Willnerd, an existing Extended Systems employee, will head the company's Business Development efforts, replacing Holmes Lundt, who is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. All other directors and officers remain the same. Click here for complete information on Extended Systems' Board of Directors and management team.
About Extended Systems (www.extendedsystems.com)
Extended Systems provides mobile information management solutions for the enterprise. The company's software and services suite includes data synchronization and device management solutions, mobile applications for sales, service and pharmaceutical professionals, a mobile application development platform, and Bluetooth and IrDA wireless connectivity software. Extended Systems has more than 2,200 enterprise customers and key alliance relationships with 3Com, Agilent, Ericsson, Handspring, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Palm, Sharp, Siemens and Toshiba.
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