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Sybase and Verizon Team Up to Manage Mobility Solutions for Enterprises Worldwide

Sybase, Inc. (NYSE:SY), an industry leader in delivering enterprise and mobile software, and Verizon, a leader in delivering and managing communications innovations for enterprise customers, today announced they are teaming up to enable multinational companies to effectively manage the deployment and ongoing support of their growing mobile workforce. Verizon’s new offering, Managed Mobility Solutions, utilizes Sybase’s proven mobility services expertise and best-in-class enterprise device management platform to help global businesses manage the complexities surrounding the increasing number of mobile information workers.

“As enterprises today strive to incorporate mobility to stay competitive, increase productivity and meet employee demand, they are seeing significant manageability issues across the entire organization,” said Nancy Gofus, senior vice president – global business products, Verizon. “Managing multiple fixed and mobile operator contracts and communication costs, selecting mobile devices, network interoperability and device management and security are unwieldy for most enterprises. Sybase is a proven leader in device management software and together we are well placed to minimize the pain points for customers through our new highly accessible, comprehensive managed mobility service.”

Business requires that organizations connect partners, suppliers, manufacturers, remote offices and remote employees directly to their systems, applications and information so they can improve customer service, bring products or services to market quicker, make better decisions and increase their organizations’ overall productivity.

According to leading independent research company Forrester Research, Inc., 73 percent of the global enterprise workforces will be mobile users by 2012. This represents 187.9 million mobile users in 2008, growing to 397.1 million users in 2012 (Enterprise Mobile User Forecast: Mobile "Wannabes" Are The Fastest-Growing Segment, October 2008).i

“Managed mobility services are an increasingly critical offering in the enterprise mobility space,” said Stephen Drake, program vice president for Mobility & Telecom research, IDC. “Incorporating best of breed mobile device management and security components provide a key value to enterprises seeking to manage and control their mobile deployments.”

Verizon Managed Mobility Solutions is highly flexible and user-friendly and offers an integrated solution in key areas including: inventory and expense management, logistics, mobile device management and security, and application management. Sybase was selected to support the mobile device management and security modules of the new Verizon managed service:

  • Mobile Device Management for delivering tools, applications and data to employees in a timely manner, and creating and enforcing flexible mobile policies across devices, groups or individual users
  • Mobile Security that enforces access codes, establishes “lock/wipe” policies, encrypts devices and data cards, delivers firewall and antivirus applications, and supports mobile access to corporate applications

“As we continue to extend our enterprise mobility leadership, we are extremely pleased to team up with a leading managed service provider in Verizon,” said Terry Stepien, president, Sybase iAnywhere. “Enterprise mobility has moved beyond line of business applications to include a much wider group of wireless consumers or information workers. Both Sybase and Verizon recognize this rapid change and are in the unique position to provide an easy-to-consume service that reduces the complexities of today’s ‘on-the-go’ enterprise.”

Four of the Verizon Managed Mobility Solutions modules are targeted for a September 30 launch in the U.S. and 19 countries in Europe with a roll-out in the Asia-Pacific region slated for later this year. The fifth module, Application Management, is currently under development and is planned for launch in 2010. Verizon Managed Mobility Services will be available through Verizon Business and Verizon Wireless.

Analyst Perspective

Sybase was positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant in its 2008 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Enterprise Application Platformsii and was recognized by Forrester Research as a leader in its April 2009 report The Forrester Wave™: Mobile Device Management Solutions, Q2 2009.iii Most recently, Sybase was recognized as the leader in mobile device management enterprise software for the eighth consecutive year and as a mobile middleware market leader for the seventh consecutive year by IDC.iv The full reports can be obtained at www.gartner.com, www.forrester.com and www.idc.com.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 87 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

About Sybase

Sybase is an industry leader in delivering enterprise and mobile software to manage, analyze and mobilize information. We are recognized globally as a performance leader, proven in the most data-intensive industries and across all major systems, networks and devices. Our information management, analytics and enterprise mobility solutions have powered the world’s most mission-critical systems in financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and government. For more information, visit http://www.sybase.com. Read Sybase blogs: http://blogs.sybase.com.

About the Magic Quadrant

The Gartner Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2008 by Gartner, Inc., and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Sybase and iAnywhere are registered trademarks of Sybase, Inc. ® indicates registration in the United States of America. All other company and product names mentioned may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

Special Note: Statements concerning Sybase’s product market, relationships with its customers and new products are forward-looking statements that involve a number of uncertainties and risks and cannot be guaranteed. Factors that could ultimately affect such statements are detailed from time to time in Sybase’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to its annual report on Form 10-K and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q (copies of which can be viewed on the Company’s web site).

i “Enterprise Mobile User Forecast: Mobile ‘Wannabes’ Are the Fastest-Growing Segment,” Forrester Research, Inc., October 9, 2008.
ii Magic Quadrant for Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms, Publication Date: 18 December 2008, by William Clark and Michael J. King, ID Number: G00162969.
iii The Forrester Wave™: Mobile Device Management Solutions, Q2 2009, Forrester Research, Inc., April 27, 2009.
iv IDC, Worldwide Mobile Device Management Enterprise 2009-2013 Forecast 2008 Vendor Shares Report, Doc # 218680, June 2009. IDC, Worldwide Mobile Middleware 2009-2013 Forecast and 2008 Vendor Shares report, Doc # 219186, July 2009.

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