1/22/2003 - Extended Systems (Nasdaq: XTND), a leading provider of mobile information management solutions for the enterprise, announced that it is collaborating with Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), the leading developer of wireless enterprise solutions, to deliver enterprise applications such as Siebel, SAP and Tibco to BlackBerry handhelds. The move is in response to heavy demand from enterprise customers who use BlackBerry handhelds and want to extend the use of them to access additional corporate data applications.
Using Extended Systems' OneBridge mobile platform, which will interface with the new Mobile Data Service feature of BlackBerry Enterprise Server, enterprise customers will be able to extend existing legacy applications to BlackBerry handhelds for wireless access to critical application information. Field service workers, mobile sales forces, customer relationship managers and healthcare professionals are among the many on-the-go workers who will benefit from this collaboration.
"Extended Systems' extensive enterprise presence and expertise in integrating mobile solutions with strategic back-end systems, coupled with RIM's customer base and wireless data connectivity capabilities of BlackBerry, provide a powerful solution that we believe is unparalleled in this industry," said Extended Systems CEO and President Steve Simpson.
"The new Mobile Data Service feature in BlackBerry Enterprise Server v3.5 and Extended Systems' OneBridge platform will allow BlackBerry customers to access enterprise data using the same end-to-end encryption model approved and deployed for wireless email," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Brand Management at Research In Motion. "RIM's alliance with Extended Systems is an important element of our strategy to extend BlackBerry beyond corporate email and help customers empower their mobile workforce while achieving further returns on their IT investments in both BlackBerry and back-end systems such as CRM."
About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerryTM wireless platform, the RIM Wireless HandheldTM product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
About Extended Systems
Extended Systems provides the expertise, strategy and solutions to help enterprise organizations streamline their business processes through mobile technology. The company's mobile software suite enables companies to mobilize critical enterprise applications such as e-mail, field service, sales force automation (SFA), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and customer relationship management. Extended Systems has more than 2,200 enterprise customers worldwide; and key alliance relationships with Ericsson, Handspring, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Sharp, Siemens and Toshiba. Founded in 1984, Extended Systems has offices and subsidiaries in the United States and worldwide. For more information, visit the company Web site at www.extendedsystems.com.
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