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HP and SEAGULL to Deliver Host-based Applications
Alliance to Include Delivery of Mobile
PALO ALTO, Calif. and SINGAPORE, Oct. 4, 2000
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP) and SEAGULL (AEX: SEAGULL), a leading provider of e-business-enabling software technology, today announced an agreement to integrate host-based applications with HP solutions, including the delivery of mobile e-services to business customers using SEAGULL's Wireless-to-Host™ software technology.
As the first initiative under this agreement, SEAGULL's Wireless-to-Host solution will be delivered using HP's hardware and services to allow businesses to quickly make host-based applications accessible via Web-ready wireless devices such as the HP Jornada running on the Microsoft® Pocket PC platform. HP will build expertise within its mobile and Microsoft services organizations to implement SEAGULL technology.
The agreement capitalizes on the rapidly growing wireless market where, according to recent research by International Data Corporation (IDC), the number of wireless device users in the United States will increase 728% from 7.4 million in 1999 to 61.5 million by 2003¹.
To fuel the development of solutions for connecting back-office applications to wireless devices, SEAGULL also will be a part of the HP Mobile E-Services Bazaar. The HP bazaar combines an on-line e-services trading community open to HP partners and developers, with locations in Asia-Pacific and Finland (and soon in the United States), for the developing and testing of new value-added applications.
The new solutions will leverage HP's leadership in providing information appliances, always-on Internet infrastructure, and e-services with SEAGULL's comprehensive suite of tools and technology for opening enterprise applications for access from wireless phones or personal digital assistants (PDAs).
"As market leaders, HP and SEAGULL will deliver secure next- generation communications which businesses need to meet their growing demands for mobile e-services," said Kelvin Tan, director of HP Mobile E-Services Bazaar in Asia Pacific. "Together we are redefining business mobility and driving the deployment of integrated solutions from the heart of the business to the palm of the end user."
"This is an alliance of industry leaders ideally positioned to bring together the world of wireless and the Internet," said Don Addington, president and COO of SEAGULL. "Companies now want to use wireless technology to maintain their accessibility in any context, at any point in time. And they don't just want to see their enterprise information, they want to be able to act on that information."
"We are excited about the HP and SEAGULL alliance, which offers mobile professionals a wireless path to legacy applications," said Doug Dedo, group product manager, Mobile Devices Division, Microsoft Corp. "This is a great example of Windows-powered mobile devices providing a line-of-business platform for connecting to mission-critical enterprise data via HP's hardware and services and SEAGULL's Wireless-to-Host software."
SEAGULL's Wireless-to-Host technology supports wireless double byte character sets on legacy systems - important for the localization and deployment of wireless solutions in countries such as Korea and Japan. SEAGULL offers a non-invasive, flexible approach to providing an end-to-end mobile e-commerce solution. Wireless-to-Host was also designed to work seamlessly with Microsoft® software technologies.
SEAGULL is a leading provider of e-business-enabling software technology that opens enterprise applications for Web, wireless and Windows access and helps organizations integrate enterprise applications with other software to support emerging e-business needs. With SEAGULL technology, users can execute business processes anytime, anywhere, from any device. The company is publicly traded on the Amsterdam Exchange under the symbol SEAGULL. For more information, visit SEAGULL's Web site at http://www.seagullsw.com.
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¹ From Study: Wireless Access to the Internet 1999: Everybody's Doin' It. "The Internet Goes Wireless," Feb. 8, 2000.
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