Vol. 4, No. 31
August 1 , 2005

M&A Madness
By Eric Zeman

The slow, but steady uptick of mergers and acquisitions is one way to gauge that business is getting better. Joining the fray of recent M&A activity is Dublin, Calif.-based, Sybase, which recently signed an agreement to acquire Extended Systems, the Boise, Idaho-based maker of mobile middleware.

The cash transaction, valued at approximately $71.3 million, will help Sybase deliver on its vision of what it calls the “Unwired Enterprise.” The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, approval by Extended Systems' stockholders and other specified closing conditions, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of calendar 2005. Following the closing of the proposed acquisition, Sybase intends to integrate Extended Systems into Sybase's iAnywhere Solutions subsidiary.

Founded in 1984, Extended Systems brings to Sybase its patented mobile technology, approximately 2,500 global enterprise customers, and a very strong presence in Europe. Extended Systems has about 180 employees in North America and Europe.

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Third Issue of Mobile Enterprise Outlook Launches

Outlook 4 Mobility and Mobile Enterprise Media joint venture targets IT professionals with quarterly reports on wireless and mobile computing convergence. A lot has happened since the second issue of Mobile Enterprise Outlook. Here are some highlights from the third issue:

- Wireless broadband services
- How to provide better wireless network coverage inside your company
- Location-based services
- The move toward turning our wireless sevices into our command-and-control devices

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Enterprise Solutions Webinar Series

With wireless analysts predicting that two-thirds of all U.S. employees will be mobile by 2006, the CTIA Wireless Internet Caucus (WIC) Enterprise Action Team, a consortium of leading wireless carriers and mobile data vendors, is launching an aggressive, enterprise-focused educational program to help spur the adoption of wireless data solutions.

In support of the educational program, CTIA's Wireless Internet Caucus and Mobile Enterprise Media have implemented a partnership agreement to launch a series of instructional Webinars focused on specific market segments and to create an online forum, through which enterprises can more easily and effectively evaluate wireless data solutions.

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2nd Issue of Wireless Enterprise Magazine Launches

The 2nd issue of the Wireless Enterprise magazine is now available in both electronic and print format . This issue features leading companies that are deploying mobile solutions, including British Airways, O2 , 20th Century Fox, CAS and more. Another highlight is a story about sending email from Mt. Everest. The magazine was produced by Mobile Enterprise Media and is co-sponsored by HP, Messaging Architects, Nokia and palmOne.

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Antenna Software Teams Up With Nextel to Offer Ready-To-Deploy Mobile Field Service and Field Sales Solutions for the Enterprise
Antenna Software, the largest, privately held mobile enterprise solutions provider in North America, has teamed with Nextel Communications to make its real-time, ready-to-deploy solutions available on select Nextel Java technology-enabled handsets and BlackBerry devices over Nextel's nationwide all-digital wireless network. Together, the two companies will offer Antenna Mobile Workforce Solutions to companies seeking to improve the effectiveness of their field sales and service organizations. In addition, under Nextel's Industry Solutions direct billing program, joint customers get the convenience of a single monthly invoice for their Nextel/Antenna services.
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Linksys Buys Keep It Simple for $61M
“Kiss has emerged as a leader in networked video and audio products in Europe and we hope to use that expertise to expand worldwide,” said Charles Giancarlo, CTO at Linksys' parent company Cisco
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ESRI and Xplore Work Together to Provide Mobile Geographic Information Systems
Xplore Technologies, a leading international rugged Tablet PC provider, has announced that the company has signed ESRI of Redlands, California, as a worldwide Platinum Systems Integrator for Xplore. As a result of this arrangement, ESRI has introduced special market bundles of its industry leading mobile GIS application solutions with Xplore's rugged iX104C2 family of Tablet PC systems.
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3G CDMA Industry Achievement Awards, September 13, 2005
Miami, Florida

VOTE at www.cdg.org for the most innovative Wireless Enterprise Solution Development and Implementation , part of CDG's 3G CDMA Industry Achievement Awards .  Ed Meskill, Mobile Enterprise Magazine's publisher, will present the awards September 13 at the 3G CDMA Americas Congress

IDC Mobile Enterprise Forum, September 21, 2005
New York, New York

Designed to examine the potential, business case, and risks of deploying mobile technology and wireless devices as tools to increase revenue generation and more effective resource deployment. Featured exec presentations by: Dupont, Ferrellgas, Keesal, Young & Logan, SDI, UnumProvident and more. Click here for details.

CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2005, September 27-29
San Francisco, California

CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2005 brings together the two entities of wireless data: Enterprise and Entertainment. On the Enterprise side the spotlight is on incorporating wireless technologies into the enterprise and vertical business markets. On the flip side, the show reflects the explosive growth in wireless Entertainment - encompassing everything from mobile content (music, video, wallpapers, etc.) to digital camera to interactive games. Click here for more information.
Mobile Business Expo, October 9-12, 2005
Chicago, Illinois

Mobile Business Expo integrates the business strategies, technologies, tools and corporate issues necessary to build an end-to-end mobile strategy and manage a mobile workforce. Give your workforce the anywhere, anytime access to applications, data and communications that fast-moving markets demand. Register with code MLCJMB19 to save $100 on regular rates.

SecureGOV 2005, October 16-18, 2005
Hot Springs, Virginia

Through an eclectic mix of keynote presentations, interactive think tanks, roundtables, workshops and conference sessions, the US Government's elite will evaluate key strategies and technologies essential to overcoming top security challenges currently facing the public sector. Click here.

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October 27-28, 2005, National Trade Centre at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Canada


The most anticipated international exposition and conference that covers all aspects of information technologies and enterprise solutions employed by the world's financial service sectors, including banking institutions, insurance providers, investment and brokerage houses, securities and mortgage providers. Delegates at the event will discuss many financial applications and solutions for Business Intelligence, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Outsourcing /ASP, Security, Systems Integration and many others

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