March 23, 2006
 

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Posted: 06.04

We Told You So

Sybase’s green-lighted acquisition of XcelleNet goes according to the mobile plan.
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Teresa von Fuchs




As mentioned in February’s ME, Sybase is making moves to go mobile. In keeping with that focus, Sybase agreed to acquire XcelleNet in early April for an estimated $95 million in cash. XcelleNet’s technology and solutions will be integrated into Sybase subsidiary iAnywhere Solutions.

XcelleNet, an Atlanta-based frontline device management software company, brings mobile security and remote
management solutions to Sybase’s mobile middleware offerings. According to Sybase, the acquisition will fan out its mobile offerings, marking the next phase of the Unwired Enterprise Initiative. President and CEO of Sybase, John Chen is quoted as saying, “We can now offer our enterprise clients a full portfolio of solutions for the management of their remote and mobile systems.” Sybase expects to gain 2,200 global customers through this acquisition, as well as new and expanded partnerships with key industry players.

The opportunity expands the reach of XcelleNet offerings as well. Joan Herbig, CEO of XcelleNet, said, “We believe there are strong opportunities to leverage Sybase’s significant global resources.”

Sybase has also recently signed an agreement to acquire Dejima, a provider of natural-language, mobile access solutions. Sybase intends to integrate Dejima products and technology into its subsidiary iAnywhere.

—Teresa von Fuchs
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