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IBM AND PORTAL SOFTWARE FORM GLOBAL STRATEGIC ALLIANCE.

IBM, a market leader in e-business infrastructure, (NYSE: IBM) and Portal Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRSF), a leading provider of customer management and billing software for wireless, broadband, Internet, and next-generation communications services, has announced a global alliance to integrate IBM's WebSphere Everyplace Suite with Portal's Infranet to create a comprehensive carrier-grade, 3G-ready infrastructure platform for wireless service providers. The companies will jointly market and sell integrated software solutions and related services to wireless service providers worldwide.

Together, they will deliver an industry-leading solution for wireless service providers seeking to recover large investments in 3G licenses. IBM's WebSphere(1) Everyplace Suite is a functionally rich software platform designed to extend the reach of e-business applications and Internet content to the mobile Internet. Portal's Infranet Wireless product line provides a solution that enables wireless network and content service providers to launch, manage and bill for new 2.5G and 3G services. The integration of Infranet with Tivoli Personalized Services Manager, a component of Websphere Everyplace Suite, enables this solution to deliver essential personalization functions and mobile device management. The joint solution will provide wireless carriers with a highly scalable, 3G-ready e-business infrastructure.

"Portal's leadership in customer management and billing software for the mobile wireless market makes them an ideal alliance partner," said Richard Stomp, vice president of solutions and marketing for IBM's Communications Sector. "Wireless service providers need a feature-rich business infrastructure that will allow them to create, deploy and manage their mobile Internet services. IBM's WebSphere Everyplace Suite and industry-specific consulting services, combined with Portal's Infranet represent one of the most comprehensive, leading-edge wireless e-business infrastructure solution in the industry. The pre-integration of these leading solutions will mean an unprecedented time to market for our customers."

The integrated solution will enable personalized, next-generation services capable of generating immediate revenue while accelerating deployment of new mobile wireless services. The WebSphere Everyplace Suite will enable service providers to create mobile Internet services with advanced software elements such as transcoding, message queuing, synchronization, and security in addition to core technology enablers such as a wireless gateway capable of supporting multiple networks and protocols. Portal's industry-leading customer management and billing platform supports real-time authorization and authentication for wireless services with flexible, sophisticated rating capabilities to enable value-based pricing.

The alliance brings together two mobile wireless technology leaders. Both WebSphere Everyplace Suite and Infranet have been widely adopted among wireless service providers that have begun deployment of next-generation mobile Internet services. The alliance leverages IBM's extensive product portfolio of carrier-grade servers and middleware in addition to IBM's renowned industry-specific professional services. Portal Software's experience with supporting next-generation services such as digital content and rich voice forms the foundation of the joint 3G-ready solution.

"IBM is a household name with the world's leading wireless carriers," said Steve Sommer, vice president of marketing and business development at Portal Software. "By teaming with IBM, we can take advantage of IBM's worldwide technology and services capabilities to deliver a carrier-grade solution and give service providers the opportunity to develop new revenue streams. The strategic alliance with IBM will provide our global customer base with a comprehensive, convergent infrastructure solution that will be ready for 3G."

IBM Global Services has formed a worldwide practice within its Business Innovation Services division to deliver world-class business solutions based on Infranet. IBM experts in Infranet will provide process innovation, software configuration, integration, training, and support to joint customers. In addition, the companies plan to extend Infranet to support IBM's DB2(1) Universal Database, IBM's pSeries(1) and xSeries(1) server platforms, and the IBM Application Framework(1) for e-business, comprising the WebSphere Everyplace Suite, Tivoli service enablement and service assurance solutions, and MQ Series(1) middleware.

As both companies jointly market and sell the integrated products, prospective customers will be invited to visit IBM's Telecommunications Centers of Competency in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific that will feature the end-to-end solution.
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
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Date:Mar 5, 2001
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