Sybase, Verizon Team On Managed Mobility Solutions For Enterprises

By PRESS RELEASE — September 09, 2009

DUBLIN, Calif. -- 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, 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, 2009, 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

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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