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Citrix and Siebel Systems Announce Strategic Alliance and the Validation of MetaFrame Access Suite with Siebel Business Applications

  • 24 September, 2004 15:00

<p>Sydney, Australia – 24 September, 2004 – Citrix Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), the global leader in access infrastructure solutions, and Siebel Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: SEBL), a leading provider of business applications software, today announced that Citrix has joined the Siebel Alliance Program as a Strategic Platform Partner. Additionally, key to the partnership’s success was the validation of the Citrix® MetaFrame® Access Suite and Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager as an enterprise single sign-on (SSO) solution for Siebel 7.5.3 and Siebel 7.7.</p>
<p>Citrix is one of five Siebel Strategic Platform Partners, an elite designation which is reserved for established industry market leaders with the ability to provide highly strategic solutions to Siebel Systems customers on a worldwide scale. This integration enables joint customers to securely, easily and quickly deploy and provide anywhere/anytime/any-device access to Siebel business applications through a centralised access infrastructure.</p>
<p>“We are pleased to announce that Citrix has advanced to the Strategic Platform Partner level, which signifies the value the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite brings to Siebel Systems customers,” said Craig Crawford, group director of alliances for Siebel Systems. “Some of the world’s leading companies deploy and manage Siebel Systems industry-leading CRM solutions using Citrix. The latest validation of the MetaFrame Access Suite not only further strengthens our partnership, but also provides our customers with additional confidence in the compatibility of Citrix solutions with Siebel business applications."</p>
<p>With the MetaFrame Access Suite, Siebel Systems customers benefit from the substantial return on investment that businesses achieve by more quickly and efficiently deploying, updating and managing Siebel business applications on a centralised model with minimal end user disruption. In addition, Citrix access infrastructure maximises the value derived from a customer’s existing infrastructure, including desktops and networks, resulting in faster time to value and reduced total cost of ownership. Citrix further reduces the costs of providing access to complex, heterogeneous IT environments with broad support for popular browser applications.</p>
<p>“Customers are always looking for better ways to deploy enterprise applications,” said J. Bruce Daley, executive editor of The Siebel Observer. “Citrix has a solid reputation for making complex rollouts successful. The announcement that the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite is now validated with Siebel 7.5.3 and Siebel 7.7 should prompt more customers to consider using Citrix in their implementations.”</p>
<p>The proliferation of Web applications provides an opportunity to streamline application delivery and take advantage of increased reliability and performance. By deploying Web applications via Citrix access infrastructure, organisations can achieve up to 250 percent more efficient network bandwidth utilisation than locally installed browsers, depending on configuration and tuning options selected. Furthermore, security breaches resulting from user error or inconsistent browser security configurations are eliminated by centralising applications and browser security settings on a server. In addition, costs are significantly reduced through streamlined management of all client application components, including browser versions, allowing fewer IT administrators to support more users. Since Citrix supports numerous browser types, client devices and platforms without recoding applications, cost and configuration issues are minimised as IT administrators can easily manage different application versions from a central server.</p>
<p>“Citrix is committed to helping Siebel Systems customers both reduce the cost and simplify the deployment and administration of Web applications, and Siebel’s invitation to become a Strategic Platform Partner attests to the benefits that its customers have derived from Citrix access infrastructure solutions,” said David Jones, senior vice president, corporate development for Citrix. “The Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite is the easiest way for organisations to provide access to enterprise applications and information on demand, and we look forward to providing maximum value to our joint customers.”</p>
<p>“Axtel was faced with the significant challenge of deploying diverse applications, each with its own independent software client, to a distributed network of end user systems that included Siebel 7, a Web-based application, and its sales automation module,” said Andrés Cordovez, Axtel's director of information technology. “The interoperability of Siebel business applications and the Citrix platform will allow us to resolve these challenges and deploy our diverse applications to over 500 enterprise and residential customers in 10 cities. By running our Siebel client over Citrix we can further leverage our centralised IT staff and infrastructure while reducing our operating expenses.”</p>
<p>As a Silver Sponsor at Siebel User Week, taking place in October in Los Angeles, Calif., Citrix will showcase the deployment of Siebel business applications using Citrix access infrastructure solutions.</p>
<p>Siebel Systems forms alliances with proven technology leaders to deliver tangible business benefits throughout the enterprise. By choosing Siebel business applications and validated partner solutions, Siebel Systems' customers can pursue a best-of-class software acquisition strategy. The Siebel Validation Program applies rigorous technical scrutiny to evaluate the integration of third-party solutions with Siebel business applications. Integrations that meet the strict testing criteria are validated and documented by the Siebel Validation Program. Validation documentation is available on the Siebel Partner Directory at http://www.siebel.com/partners/dir/directory.shtm.</p>
<p>About Citrix Systems</p>
<p>Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader in access infrastructure solutions and the most trusted name in secure access for enterprises and individuals. Nearly 50 million people in more than 120,000 organisations around the world use Citrix every day. Our software gives people secure and well-managed access to business information wherever it lives—on demand. Citrix customers include 100% of the Fortune 100 companies, 99% of the Fortune 500, and 92% of the Fortune Global 500. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Citrix has offices in 22 countries, and more than 7,000 channel and alliance partners in more than 100 countries. For more information visit http://www.citrix.com.</p>
<p>About Siebel Systems</p>
<p>Siebel Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of business applications software, enabling corporations to sell to, market to, and serve customers across multiple channels and lines of business. With more than 4,000 customer deployments worldwide, Siebel Systems provides organisations with a proven set of industry-specific best practices, CRM applications, market-leading analytics products, 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 30 countries.</p>
<p>Siebel Systems forms alliances with proven technology leaders to deliver tangible business benefits throughout the enterprise. By choosing Siebel eBusiness Applications and validated partner solutions, Siebel Systems’ customers can pursue a best-of-class software acquisition strategy. The Siebel Validation Program applies rigorous technical scrutiny to evaluate the integration of third-party solutions with Siebel eBusiness Applications. Integrations that meet the strict testing criteria are validated and documented by the Siebel Validation Program. Validation documentation is available on the Siebel Partner Directory at http://www.siebel.com/partners/dir/directory.shtm.</p>
<p>For Siebel Investors</p>
<p>Except for the historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risk or uncertainties. Future operating results of Siebel Systems may differ from the results discussed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements due to factors that include, but are not limited to, risks associated with customer relations, such as the availability of Siebel Systems’ products and services, customer implementation of products and services, relationships with customers, third-party vendors and systems integrators, concentration of revenues in a relatively small number of customers, existence of errors or defects in products, ability to successfully manage growth, significant current and expected additional competition, and the need to continue to expand product distribution and services offerings. Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of Siebel Systems are included in Siebel Systems’ Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at www.sec.gov. Siebel Systems assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release.</p>
<p>For Citrix Investors</p>
<p>This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with the company’s business involving the company’s products, their development and distribution, economic and competitive factors and the company’s key strategic relationships and other risks detailed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citrix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.</p>
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<p>Citrix® and MetaFrame® are registered trademarks or trademarks of Citrix Systems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners. Siebel is a trademark of Siebel Systems, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other product and company names mentioned are the property of their respective owners and are mentioned for identification purposes only.</p>

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