EL SEGUNDO and SAN MATEO, Calif. – July 11 — Computer
Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC), one of the world’s leading consulting and
information technology (IT) services firms, and AvantGo Inc. (Nasdaq: AVGO), the leading
provider of mobile infrastructure software and services, today announced that they have
formed a strategic alliance to extend insurance applications beyond the desktop to mobile devices.
AvantGo M-Business Server is the only end-to-end mobile software solution to ensure
instant, anytime, anywhere access to important information with any mobile device and
wireless service – even outside of wireless coverage areas. Using AvantGo M-Business
Server with ViLink, CSC’s Web-enabled platform for the life insurance industry,
carriers can now securely disseminate critical information to agents, third parties and
consumers via a wireless Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) or Web-enabled digital telephone.
This means that agents can submit a new business application or check on the status of
a policy 24 hours a day from virtually anywhere – even a customer’s home or office.
“Packaging CSC’s e-business-enabled policy administration systems with
AvantGo’s wireless applications yields a powerful solution that offers unprecedented
access to existing insurance information,” said Paul DeFuria, executive vice
president of Life & Annuities Solutions for CSC’s Financial Services Group in the Americas.
“With the world’s largest portfolio of insurance-specific software products,
CSC has created value for clients throughout the world,” said Michael Kritzman, vice
president of channels for AvantGo. “Combining CSC’s global financial services
strengths with AvantGo’s award-winning M-Business solutions allows companies to move
beyond wondering what wireless can do to seeing real business results applied to the bottom line.”
Wireless handheld devices are among the fastest growing tools in the IT industry.
According to International Data Corporation, worldwide handheld companion unit shipments
are expected to increase from 10.4 million in 2000 to 35.5 million in 2004.
“Mobile devices are extremely well-suited for expediting insurance
processing,” said Brad Adrian, an analyst with Gartner. “A professional in the
field needs real-time interaction, and access to rich wireless applications will drive a
lot of what enterprises think they want to do with mobile devices.”
AvantGo Inc. (Nasdaq: AVGO) is the leading provider of infrastructure software and
services that power the mobile economy. AvantGo M-Business software enables businesses to
increase the value of their corporate information systems by extending existing enterprise
applications and critical information to employees, customers and business partners. The
company also provides the AvantGo mobile Internet service, a hosted network that enables
hundreds of businesses to deliver their content and applications to more than 2.5 million
mobile consumers. AvantGo is a pioneer in delivering real-world solutions for both
wireless and off-line use. For more information, please visit www.avantgo.com.
Computer Sciences Corporation helps clients in industry and government achieve
strategic and operational results through the use of technology. The company’s
success is based on its culture of working collaboratively with clients to develop
innovative technology strategies and solutions that address specific business challenges.
Having guided clients through every major wave of change in information technology
since 1959, CSC combines the newest technologies with its capabilities in consulting,
systems design and integration, IT and business process outsourcing, applications
software, and Web and application hosting to meet the individual needs of global
corporations and organizations. With nearly 68,000 employees in locations worldwide, CSC
had revenues of $10.5 billion for the 12 months ended March 30, 2001. It is headquartered
in El Segundo, California. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at
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