Computer Associates and Soft Design Join Forces to Accelerate Time-to-Market For Mobile eBusiness Systems

Integration of CA's COOL:Plex Development Environment and Soft Design's

Websydian to Speed and Enrich Development of WAP and iMode Applications

Mar 22, 2001, 00:00 ET from Computer Associates International, Inc.

    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
     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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