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Partnership Ensures Stacked Solution Educates Benefits of Managing Mobility

XcelleNet, Inc., the leading provider of management solutions for remote systems and mobile & wireless devices, today announced its partnership with Portable Add-ons, the leading supplier of mobile computing solutions. Portable Add-ons will integrate XcelleNet’s mobile device management software, Afaria, into a complete stacked solution, comprising of device, connectivity, application development, and the ability to manage all content and applications.

"We are seeing tremendous growth in the deployment of hand-held devices as mobile business tools within our corporate customers", says Technical Director at Portable Add-ons, Mike Cherry. "Our Handheld Enterprise Solutions strategy has evolved to deliver a comprehensive suite of products, services, and support through our channel partners, working with them to realise the unique potential of these devices. Afaria is at the core of this strategy, essentially giving businesses everything they need to fully embrace and utilise mobile working"

Afaria is a cross-platform solution that manages the deployment and maintenance of mobile devices. It keeps users completely in the know whilst mobile, with updated software installations, the publishing, delivering and maintaining up-to-the-minute business documents and data from a central location to users. Thus complete control is achieved, regardless of where the user is. The XcelleNet and Portable Add-ons partnership will further extend Afaria’s reach to new corporate adopters of the technology, including organisations within the financial, pharmaceutical and utility arenas.

“The corporate world is getting serious about how it wants to work, and maintaining competitive performance has inevitably led to thinking about how this can be applied beyond the office”, says Bob Apollo, Vice President and Managing Director for XcelleNet, EMEA. “Our partnership with Portable Add-ons signifies the commitment we have to supplying the evolving corporate world with the tools it needs.”

Mike Cherry concludes, “With the pace of invention, it’s easy for businesses to become overwhelmed by uses of new technology. We will work to educate decision-makers into Afaria’s ease of use and the benefits gained from increased productivity, knowledge and cost-savings.”

About Portable Add-ons
Portable Add-ons, founded in February 1992, was established to meet the increasing demand for high quality peripheral products in the mobile computing sector. As the UK's leading mobile computing supplier, Portable Add-ons offers 'best of breed' solutions to meet the needs of all mobile users. Based in Dummer, near Basingstoke in Hampshire, UK, the company's two-tier product strategy embraces all mobile-computing environments - innovative and award-winning notebook computing solutions that meet the precise computing requirements of the mobile user. From laptop carry cases to modem/LAN/GSM/ISDN combo cards, all are complemented by a range of Handheld productivity tools, solutions, services & support. More information is available from www.portable.co.uk


About XcelleNet
XcelleNet, Inc. is the leading provider of enterprise solutions for managing remote systems and mobile & wireless devices. For more than 14 years, the company has been a pioneer in meeting the challenges of securely delivering and maintaining mission-critical applications and content to remote locations with its flagship product, RemoteWareÒ. Today companies around the world use RemoteWare to manage kiosks, retail and restaurant store systems, branch office networks, and other remote systems.

Leveraging remote expertise and award-winning technology, in May 2000 XcelleNet introduced AfariaÔ , a device management solution designed to address the problems enterprises face as a result of the explosive growth of the mobile & wireless economy. Afaria provides the most comprehensive management functionality available for organisations deploying large numbers of mobile devices, including laptops, PocketPCs, Palm Handhelds, RIM Blackberrys, and Symbian smart phones.

XcelleNet serves some 2,500 customers worldwide in a broad range of industries such as pharmaceutical, retail, hospitality, insurance, financial services and manufacturing. The company’s solutions reduce total cost of ownership of remote or mobile deployments, accelerate end-user productivity and ensure the availability and reliability of corporate applications and information to an organisation’s remote and mobile workforce.. More information is available at http://www.XcelleNet.com and http://www.Afaria.com
XcelleNet is a trademark of XcelleNet, Inc. Afaria is a trademark of Afaria, Inc. - an XcelleNet affiliate. XcelleNet and Afaria make no claims of ownership to all other products and company names mentioned herein which may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


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Yad Jaura
XcelleNet
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E: yad.jaura@xcellenet.com


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