Kabaa Group Improves Productivity with TIBCO Portal Solution

1/20/2004 - TIBCO Software Inc. (Nasdaq:TIBX), a leading enabler of real-time business and the world’s largest independent business integration software company, as demonstrated by market share and analyst reports, announced that Kaba, a world leader in doors, keys and other security solutions, has selected TIBCO corporate portal and integration infrastructure solutions for the implementation of a single corporate portal to replace the company’s 50 independent Web sites.

For many years, the Kaba Group has been achieving its growth objectives by following an expansion strategy balanced between organic growth and a number of acquisitions. The group now has subsidiaries in over 50 countries, and most of these companies have their own Web sites and their own Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server, used to check user directories, and allow verified staff to access enterprise applications like email and ERP. Kaba decided to simplify this approach by having one single portal with one corporate LDAP for staff and trading partners, and by integrating the principal corporate applications with this portal.

The portal project, which started with the implementation of the corporate LDAP server, has been completed. The TIBCO solution incorporates this into its integration framework and will subsequently connect the other corporate back-office applications, including email, collaboration, ERP and databases. This will provide KABA with seamless internal as well as external processes.

“TIBCO’s leadership in standard solutions was already clear to us at the pilot stage of our project,” said Hans-Peter Sauter, IT manager Austria, at Kaba. “Their portal solution with an integration framework that’s easy to use means we can go live earlier than expected, saving staff time and making the whole enterprise and our trading partners more productive.”

“Since its IPO in 1995, Kaba has grown rapidly. With its geographical distribution, a high-performance corporate portal with a single sign-on is essential to the business running smoothly,” said Erik Hansen, president of EMEA, TIBCO Software Inc. “Like many of our portal customers, TIBCO’s portal software will help Kaba save time and eliminate the cost and complexity of redundant infrastructure.”

About Kaba
With some 6,200 employees in its Access Systems, Door Systems, Key Systems, and Enterprise Data Collection Divisions, the Kaba Group is one of the world’s leading players in the security industry. Driven by its unique Total Access strategy, Kaba provides holistic solutions that address the customer’s needs for security, organization, and convenience at all physical entrances and exits as well as for identification and enterprise data collection functionality.

The Group’s product line includes mechanical, mechatronic, and electronic access and masterkey systems, keys and key coding systems, security and automatic doors, data entry terminals and interface solutions for enterprise data collection, and Legic, the versatile contactless identification medium. Since it went public in 1995, Kaba has posted above-average sales and earnings growth. Today, thanks to its technological leadership and its successful expansion strategy, based to some extent on acquisitions, the Group is superbly positioned in over 50 countries to pursue its growth objectives. Visit www.kaba.com/index-e.html.

About TIBCO Software Inc.
TTIBCO Software Inc. (NASDAQ:TIBX) is the leading independent business integration software company in the world, demonstrated by market share and analyst reports. In addition, TIBCO is a leading enabler of Real-Time Business, helping companies become more cost-effective, more agile and more efficient. TIBCO has delivered the value of Real-Time Business, what TIBCO calls The Power of Now®, to over 2,000 customers around the world and in a wide variety of industries. For more information on TIBCO's proven business integration, business optimization, and enterprise backbone solutions, TIBCO can be reached at +1 650-846-1000 or on the Web at www.tibco.com. TIBCO is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.

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