Skip nav

XcelleNet Forges South African Alliance with First Technology

London, 2nd June, 2003: XcelleNet, the leading provider of mobile management software has announced the signing of a strategic partnership with South African-based systems integrator, First Technology. First Technology will be offering their customers XcelleNet’s Afaria and RemoteWare products that enable companies to manage the data, applications and hardware that keep the front lines of business working.

“South African businesses face many challenges with regards to communication. Widely distributed with a complex communication network, a reliable wireless infrastructure is paramount,” explains Gladwin Morton of First Technology. “Having researched the market thoroughly, we decided that XcelleNet’s products would offer our customers a complete and flexible solution, most appropriate to conducting business in South Africa. At First Technology, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with managed technology solutions and services that maximise business productivity, reduce the risk associated with deploying technologies and minimise the cost of IT ownership.”

Whether users are mobile, or located with customers in retail stores, branch offices or at their own locations, there is now a broader range of potential applications, devices and networks available. XcelleNet’s management software products, designed from the ground up, can lower the cost and reduce the risk of deploying applications & devices at the front line of business. Functions available include:
- software distribution & maintenance,
- hardware & software inventory and asset management,
- remote control,
- data & device security,
- data backup & restore,
- system configuration, and
- document and content distribution.

“Each country faces its own issues and complications surrounding communication. First Technology, as a leading and established South African business understands the issues faced by organisations in their countries,” explains Bob Apollo, XcelleNet’s Managing Director and Snr VP. “At XcelleNet, we understand the benefits our products can offer South African businesses and believe our partnership with First Technology will allow us to develop these relationships.”


Notes to Editor:

About XcelleNet

XcelleNet powers business at the Point of Action. More than 2500 companies world-wide use XcelleNet’s management solution to keep information and applications current wherever business takes place – in retails stores and branch offices, at customer sites and in the field. With XcelleNet software solutions, business can direct its front-line activities, IT can manage any platform in the field from a browser, and end users enjoy unparalleled reliability of the solutions on which they depend. To deliver the total solution, XcelleNet partners with global leaders such as Microsoft, HP, JDA, Aether, Symbian and Palm. XcelleNet’s products Afaria and RemoteWare enable companies to manage the data, applications and hardware that keep the frontlines working. For more information, including case studies on successful customers like Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis Pharmaceutical and Blockbuster Video, visit

About First Technology

First Technology provides customers with Managed Technology Solutions and services that maximise business productivity, reduce the risk associated with deploying new technologies and minimise the total cost of Information Technology (IT) ownership. The company, in which private equity firm Ethos - formerly FirstCorp Capital Investors and a Rand Merchant Bank associate company - holds a 31% shareholding and management 69% - is one of the fastest growing IT solution providers in South Africa. First Technology incorporates the operations of several of the country's leading regional players including Microdata, Audiosure, CHM Vuwani, Compustat, Datamark, EDS LAN Solutions, Epsidon, GBM, Hi Technology, MediaLink, Ovenstone and PQ Client Computing.

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Tanner, XcelleNet
Mob: +44(0)7771 913806
Tel: +44(0)20 5838 5836