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 applications." "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 http://www.websydian.com. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.
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