ISLANDIA, N.Y. and COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Computer
Associates International, Inc. (CA), the world's leading provider of eBusiness
management solutions, and Soft Design A/S (Soft Design), a leading provider of
wireless eBusiness technology, today announced a partnership to deliver robust
solutions that enable rapid deployment of mobile eBusiness systems.
By integrating CA's COOL:Plex object-oriented development environment and
Soft Design's Websydian mobile development tools, the two companies will offer
a highly effective solution for companies seeking to provide access corporate
applications and data from WAP- and/or iMode-enabled devices.
"COOL:Plex and Websydian enabled SGS to deploy the world's first WAP
logistics management solution tightly integrated with our corporate back-end
systems, all in record time," said Kurt Nielsen, Group IT Director at
Scandinavian Garment Service. "The solution has resulted in improved customer
satisfaction and a stronger market position for SGS."
The CA-Soft Design partnership is part of CA's broad-based mobile
eBusiness initiative that, for the first time, provides the infrastructure
necessary for enterprises to rapidly deploy highly manageable and secure
mobile eBusiness systems. This CA initiative focuses on enabling customers to
more quickly and effectively extend their enterprise application, information
and messaging resources to the full spectrum of mobile users -- including
those with laptops, PDAs and Internet-enabled phones.
"Shell's online services has been a great success with our customers,"
said Kasper Kronmann Nielsen, eCommerce project manager, A/S Dansk Shell. "We
have enabled our retail customers to order oil products and to access their
own data on our back-end system through the Internet. Security is essential
for A/S Dansk Shell. COOL:Plex and Websydian's high level of security was a
main reason for choosing this solution as our eBusiness development platform."
Effective mobile application development requires the integration of
existing corporate systems with new wireless front-end platforms. These small
form-factor devices impose severe restrictions on mobile eBusiness
applications; the use of bandwidth, screen space and time must all be
optimized to ensure effective deployment.
The CA-Soft Design partnership ensures that these constraints are fully
addressed while providing secure access to the back-end resources end users
need, regardless of their location. COOL:Plex and Websydian also allow
developers to use a common set of skills and techniques, reducing the strain
that wireless development places on already overburdened IT staffs.
"There are tremendous opportunities to extend applications into the
wireless space to deliver everything from personalized information to mobile
eBusiness transactions," said Klaus Harbo, director, product and market
development, Soft Design. "However, there are many challenges that stand
between customers and these opportunities -- such as designing applications
for multiple wireless devices, accessing multiple databases and ensuring
end-to-end security. Fortunately for organizations that want to move forward
with mobile initiatives today, CA and Soft Design have fully addressed those
challenges in a highly scalable and robust manner for both WAP and iMode
"Companies that can deliver mobile eBusiness solutions now will gain a
significant near-term advantage over competitors who aren't as
fast-to-market," said Tarkan Maner, vice president of corporate marketing, CA.
"CA, Soft Design, and our other mobile eBusiness initiative partners are
delivering this competitive advantage today, and we will continue to extend
that advantage as the mobile eBusiness space evolves."
About Computer Associates
Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA) delivers the most
advanced and comprehensive portfolio of software solutions that manage
eBusiness. CA has more than 18,000 employees worldwide and had revenue in
excess of $6 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. For more
information, visit http://ca.com.
About Soft Design
Soft Design is a pioneer in the development of integrated wireless
solutions based on Internet standards such as WAP. Soft Design develops and
markets Websydian(TM), a complete Web and Wireless application development
environment built on top of CA's advanced COOL:Plex development tool. CA and
Soft Design is developing a global strategic partnership focusing on
delivering unique pattern-based wireless development capabilities supporting
both Web, WAP and I-Mode. For more information, visit
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