4/11/2003 - Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) and IONA Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA) announced that they have entered into an alliance and reseller agreement whereby Unisys will provide systems integration and consulting services in support of IONA's recently-launched Mobile OrchestratorTM. This agreement fills an important gap for clients' by enabling mobile business transactions to occur on an anywhere, anytime basis.
Laptops and similar mobile devices are of limited value without a connection to a network because they often rely on the computing power of high-end server technology that is located remotely. Unisys will provide IONA's Mobile Orchestrator as an extension of its existing enterprise mobilization solutions to deliver "occasionally connected" computing capabilities that enable a company's field force or other mobile workers to process and manage information regardless of network connectivity. As a result, field force automation is maximized and telecommunications companies have the ability to host applications and expand existing wireline VPN services with Wi-Fi.
"This alliance is a huge step toward helping more and more enterprises become agile, flexible organizations," said Jacob Thomas, managing director, Unisys Voice and Business Mobilization Solutions practice. "In addition, telcos in particular can generate more revenue from new business subscriber bases, increase data transactions on their networks, enable mobile business transactions and expand further into the enterprise market."
"The need for mobile business users to be 'always-on' is gaining momentum quickly because wireless PC access expands revenue-generation opportunities and delivers immediate ROI benefits," said Steve Fisch, Chief Operating Officer, IONA. "Unisys understands the business processes and various technologies needed to maximize mobile workforce productivity, and with our new Mobile Orchestrator, is well positioned to help their clients deploy field force support and sales force automation solutions that improve their clients' bottom-line."
IONA Mobile Orchestrator is a Web services-based process integration platform that facilitates mobile user participation in multi-step business processes un-interrupted by intermittent network connectivity. Mobile Orchestrator automatically saves all of a user's work and interactions with applications and data, and upon detection of a network, quickly and securely synchronizes data and documents between the mobile user's PC and enterprise applications in a series of rapid steps transparent to the user. Mobile Orchestrator also reduces latency and increases productivity.
Unisys has a long history of providing systems integration, consulting services and solutions development expertise to telecommunications companies and other vertical enterprises. Unisys provides comprehensive mobilization consulting services in the areas of Business Mobilization Readiness, Mobile and Wireless Data Network Consultation, Application Integration for pervasive devices, Convergence of Data and Speech, Mobile/Wireless Application Development, Mobilization Strategy, Product Deployment Strategy, Solution Evaluation and Selection, and Training Plans and Delivery. Unisys alliance with IONA Mobile Orchestrator further strengthens its enterprise mobilization capabilities by offering solutions and services that will provide both enterprises and network service providers with a means of increasing data connectivity, resulting in more value for employees and customers. For more information, please visit www.unisys.com/comm.
IONA is the leading provider of Rapid Integration software with more than 4,500 customers worldwide. IONA's award-winning Rapid Integration software products are built on: service-oriented architectures that increase reuse of software assets to deliver lasting results, standards-based software that enables vendor independence, and incremental deployment capabilities that lower the customer's risk.
Founded in 1991, IONA® (NASDAQ: IONA) is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts and offices worldwide. For additional information about IONA, visit our Web site at http://www.iona.com.
Unisys is a worldwide information technology services and solutions company. Our people combine expertise in systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure, server technology and consulting with precision thinking and relentless execution to help clients, in more than 100 countries, quickly and efficiently achieve competitive advantage. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.
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