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HP and Siebel Systems Expand Worldwide Alliance
Siebel Systems Names HP Global Strategic Partner; Siebel 7.5 Available on HP-UX
PALO ALTO and SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 7, 2002
HP (NYSE:HPQ) and Siebel Systems, Inc., (Nasdaq:SEBL), a leading provider of multichannel eBusiness applications software, today announced that Siebel Systems has named HP a Global Strategic Partner in the Siebel Alliance Program -- the highest level of partnering available with Siebel Systems. Building upon a foundation of over 1,500 HP ProLiant server installations by Siebel customers worldwide, HP is a leading platform supplier for Siebel eBusiness Applications and a key provider of IT infrastructure services to help customers deploy and manage these applications.
HP and Siebel Systems can now offer customers some of the industry's most comprehensive and flexible cross-industry eBusiness solutions across a broad range of platforms -- from handhelds and portable computers to industry-standard servers and high-end HP-UX servers as well as printers and storage devices.
The companies additionally announced the availability of Siebel 7.5 on the HP-UX 11i platform. Siebel 7.5, the latest release of Siebel eBusiness Applications, provides industry-specific best practices and new functionality for multichannel sales, marketing, service, and partner and employee relationship management.
HP's current customer base of more than 1.7 million HP-UX installations worldwide can now take advantage of Siebel 7.5 on HP-UX 11i, which offers enterprises enhanced mission-critical availability, reliability, performance, scalability, manageability and security. HP-UX has recently been rated the No.1 UNIX® operating system in the industry by analyst group D.H. Brown Associates, Inc.(1)
"As a customer of HP and Siebel Systems, we see natural synergies between the companies' approaches and solutions," said Jan Verbraak, senior vice president, Global Transaction Services, ABN AMRO. "The availability of Siebel eBusiness Applications on HP-UX will allow us to benefit from the investments we have made in our Siebel implementation and in the HP-UX-based high-availability infrastructure. This will allow us to achieve higher levels of manageability, reliability and scalability. HP and Siebel Systems' shared and absolute commitment to customer satisfaction ensures that we receive a high return on investment and unwavering support from both companies."
As part of the companies' expanded alliance, customers can now benefit from additional HP service offerings for the on-site and remote management of Siebel platforms, networks and databases. HP also offers management of global contact centers and their supporting IT infrastructures. HP manages the availability, security and processes needed to support mission-critical Siebel environments, tailored for individual customer needs.
"We are tremendously enthusiastic about this new phase in our relationship with Siebel Systems. The initial response from customers to the new levels of scalability and reliability provided by Siebel 7.5 on HP-UX has been very positive," said Nigel Ball, vice president and general manager, HP Enterprise Solutions Partners. "As a leading infrastructure and development platform supplier for Siebel implementations worldwide, HP is fully committed to providing our joint customers with innovative solutions delivering enhanced functionality and performance for their Siebel eBusiness Applications."
"HP and Siebel Systems have a history of providing tried, tested and proven solutions. Customers are already responding positively to this partnership that is delivering the highest levels of customer satisfaction," said Richard Gorman, senior vice president of Products, Siebel Systems. "The combination of Siebel 7.5 on HP-UX will deliver an outstanding eBusiness platform for our joint enterprise-class customers."
This worldwide alliance represents strengthened commitment by both companies to solution development and technology initiatives, global marketing campaigns and regional sales engagement. As part of the companies' co-marketing program, HP will be a Platinum Sponsor at the upcoming Siebel Worldwide User Week 2002 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Oct. 20-23. Please visit http://www.siebel.com/userweek for details.
About Siebel Systems
Siebel Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of eBusiness applications software, enabling corporations to sell to, market to, and serve customers across multiple channels and lines of business. With more than 3,500 customers worldwide, Siebel Systems provides organizations with a proven set of industry-specific best practices, CRM applications, and business processes, empowering them to consistently deliver superior customer experiences and establish more profitable customer relationships. Siebel Systems' sales and service facilities are located in more than 28 countries.
HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP completed its merger transaction involving Compaq Computer Corp. on May 3, 2002. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.
(1) D.H. Brown Associates, Inc., 2002 UNIX Function Review, published May 30, 2002. The review evaluated the industry's leading UNIX operating systems as of Dec. 31, 2001.
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