Business Objects and Citrix Systems Simplify Reporting for Mid-Market Customers.
New Solution Helps Reduce Software Deployment Time from Days to Minutes
LAS VEGAS -- Building on the success of its Open Appliance Initiative, Business Objects (Nasdaq: BOBJ BOBJ Business Objects SA ) (Euronext Paris ISIN Isin (ĭs`ĭn), capital of an ancient Semitic kingdom of N Babylonia. The city became important after the third dynasty of Ur fell to the Elamites and the Amorites (c.2025 B.C.). The phase from c.2025–c.1763 B.C. code: FR0004026250 - BOB), the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced it has partnered with leaders in the application delivery space - including Citrix Systems (Nasdaq: CTXS CTXS Citrix Systems (NASDAQ stock ticker symbol) ), rPath, and RightScale - to deliver a Crystal Reports[R] Server XI virtual appliance. The new offering is a pre-installed and pre-configured solution that will help reduce deployment time from days to minutes. In addition, for the first time, the two companies are offering customers a chance to instantly evaluate the product through a virtual 'test-drive', thus eliminating the cost and complexity typically associated with enterprise software evaluations.
"Today we are introducing a new, radically simplified way for small and mid-sized organizations to test drive and deploy the world's favorite reporting solution," said John Schwarz, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Business Objects. "We have worked closely with Open Appliance Initiative partners Citrix, rPath, and RightScale to help customers deploy our software more easily and effectively. With the Crystal Reports Server XI virtual appliance, our aim is to provide faster time-to-value for mid-market companies and provide them with the same benefits and business value long enjoyed by their enterprise counterparts."
The partnership and collaboration between Citrix Systems and Business Objects underscores the growing importance of virtualization An umbrella term for enhancing a computer's ability to do work. Following are the ways virtualization is used.
Partitioning the computer's memory into separate and isolated "virtual machines" simulates multiple machines within one physical computer. in the mid-market. With Citrix's new line of virtual appliances based on the XenSource technology, customers with limited IT resources will be able to easily deploy a Business Objects solution and take advantage of the tremendous flexibility, security, and cost-saving benefits that virtualization can provide.
"We are excited to team with Business Objects to produce a virtualization solution that addresses all application delivery challenges for organizations of any size or industry," said Mark Templeton, president & CEO, Citrix Systems. "We are now in an enviable position to virtualize To cause a virtual technique to be performed. See virtualization. , optimize, stream, secure, and manage any type of application for any customer delivery challenge."
Open Appliance Initiative: Continued Innovation
rPath and RightScale, both members of the OAI (Open Application Interface) A computer to telephone interface that lets a computer control and customize PBX and ACD operations. , have contributed significant technology advancements towards the realization of today's announcement:
"We transform enterprise applications into easy-to-use virtual appliances," said Billy Marshall, CEO of rPath. "We are thrilled to partner with companies such as Citrix and RightScale to make these benefits a reality for Business Objects as they deliver their leading Crystal Reports Server as a virtual appliance."
"Rightscale is delighted to help Business Objects enable pushbutton push·but·ton
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The Crystal Reports Server XI virtual appliance is expected to be generally available in Q1 2008.
For more information on the Crystal Reports Server XI virtual appliance, please visit www.rpath.com/crystalreports for a test drive. For more information on the Business Objects Open Appliance Initiative, please visit http://www.businessobjects.com/partners/oai/default.asp
About Business Objects
Business Objects has been a pioneer in business intelligence (BI) since the dawn of the category. Today, as the world's leading BI software company, Business Objects transforms the way the world works through intelligent information. The company helps illuminate understanding and decision-making at more than 44,000 organizations around the globe. Through a combination of innovative technology, global consulting and education services, and the industry's strongest and most diverse partner network, Business Objects enables companies of all sizes to make transformative business decisions based on intelligent, accurate, and timely information.
Business Objects has dual headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and Paris, France. The company's stock is traded on both the Nasdaq (BOBJ) and Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0004026250 - BOB) stock exchanges. More information about Business Objects can be found at www.businessobjects.com.
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