Citrix and SAP Sign Global Technology Partner Agreement Tuesday 20 February 2001 PDF Print Citrix Systems, Inc. announced today it has signed a mySAP.com(tm) global Technology Partner Agreement with SAP AG. Key terms of the agreement include coordination of worldwide marketing and technical support activities, as well as technical integration and joint development work to optimise the performance of SAP's cross-industry solution, mySAP Workplace, deployed on Citrix technology. Deploying mySAP Workplace as an open enterprise portal platform via Citrix® MetaFrame(tm) enables SAP customers to integrate business-critical Windows® and UNIX® applications quickly, inexpensively and securely. "Our agreement with Citrix is based on our commitment to deliver world-class business solutions to our customers worldwide," said Karl Heinz Hess, Member of the Extended Executive Board, SAP AG. "mySAP Workplace provides employees and external communities with an enterprise portal to access all the needed information, applications and services to actively collaborate via the Internet. Citrix is the market leader in application serving, and Citrix MetaFrame provides reliable and fast technology that enables mySAP Workplace users to seamlessly access any non-web-enabled applications." "This agreement is all about rapid application deployment and integrating applications through portals to harness the power of the web," said Mark Templeton, president of Citrix. "Our experience and expertise in application serving combined with SAP's experience and expertise in e-business solutions will help large enterprises fulfill their needs for high-performance access to business-critical applications." Citrix MetaFrame Improves Employee Productivity and Lowers Costs Through Centralised Management In separate news, Citrix Systems also announced that SAP AG has broadened its internal adoption of Citrix MetaFrame application server software and Independent Computing Architecture (ICA®) technology to give employees easy, rapid access to applications. SAP AG has implemented Citrix MetaFrame application server software internally to provide high-performance deployment of more than 40 applications to employees worldwide while lowering computing costs. Using Citrix MetaFrame, SAP AG is achieving its goals of improved application performance for higher employee productivity, as well as reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) from centralised management and efficient, remote technical support using the shadowing feature. "Citrix MetaFrame has greatly improved our ability to rapidly deploy and effectively manage a broad range of applications to our employees, regardless of where they are located or which type of client device they are using," stated Reiner Schmitt, project manager for Windows Terminal Server at SAP AG. "As a result, employees have become more productive, and are much more satisfied with their computing experience. We expect to make significant savings through centralised administration of applications and the option of purchasing inexpensive thin clients when additional devices are needed." SAP AG began its deployment of Citrix technology in 1998 with plans to use MetaFrame servers to manage and deliver a wide variety of applications - in particular, the SAPGUI and Microsoft® Office Suite - to 2,000 users. SAP has now expanded its use of MetaFrame to 50 servers and more than 3,000 users. Further, MetaFrame is being used extensively for SAP training centres around the world. About Citrix MetaFrame Citrix MetaFrame application server software is enabling organisations to achieve "Digital Independence(tm)" from the high cost and complexity of traditional computing by transforming the way they deploy, manage and access business applications across the extended enterprise. MetaFrame extends the functionality of Microsoft Windows NT* Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition and Microsoft Windows 2000 Terminal Services, as well as UNIX operating systems including Sun(tm) Solaris(tm), IBM AIX® and HP-UX®. It provides enterprise application management for increased scalability, rapid deployment and simplified application support, Web enablement of applications via Citrix NFuse(tm) application portal software, and high-performance access to applications by users in any location, on any device, over any network connection - wireless to web. About Citrix Citrix Systems, Inc. is a global leader in application server software and services that offer "Digital Independence" - the ability to run any application on any device over any connection, wireless to web. Citrix solutions enable organisations of all types, from major enterprises to emerging application service providers (ASPs), to reach more users, with more applications, in more locations - and achieve this with greater speed and predictability, and lower costs. Citrix offerings, including MetaFrame application server software, NFuse application portal software, Management Services products and Independent Computing Architecture (ICA), a core application-server technology, have been widely adopted by the corporate mainstream to achieve key business goals. The firm, which markets its solutions through value-added resellers, system integrators and OEM licensees, is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 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Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks associated with the following: the success of the company's MetaFrame product line and the acceptance of the company's ICA protocol; the company's ability to develop and commercialise new products and services; the company's success in expanding into new geographic markets, the company's ability to expand its core business in large enterprise accounts, the company's ability to succeed in the transition to a paper/electronic licensing model; the size, timing and recognition of revenue from significant orders; increased competition, including potential competition from Microsoft and other companies; the results of the company's iBusiness and other new licensing programs; the rate of growth of the ASP market; and the company's ability to continue to develop and market products to meet the requirements of this market; the proportion of revenues derived from distributors, OEMs and other channels; changes in the company's pricing policies or those of its competitors, including Microsoft; the costs of developing, acquiring, or integrating new technologies or enhancements to existing products; the company's reliance upon its strategic relationships with Microsoft and other strategic partners; management of growth; the possibility of undetected software errors; dependence on proprietary technology; risks that the company's branding campaign will not enhance the company's business or results in the manner anticipated; risks associated with the company's hedging programs, as well as risks of downturns in economic conditions generally, and in the software industry specifically, and risks associated with competition and competitive pricing pressures and other risks detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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