Mercator and AvantGo Extend E-Business Applications to Mobile Devices

Mercator E-Business Broker Suite Integrates Internet, Intranet and Extranet Data and Applications with Handheld Devices and Internet-enabled Phones

Mercator(R) Software, Inc., (NASDAQ: MCTR) the e-business transformation company(tm), and AvantGo(tm), a mobile Internet company, today announced an agreement through which the companies will deliver complementary solutions that extend Web and server-based e-business applications to mobile devices. The integration of Mercator's E-Business Broker Suite with AvantGoEnterprise(tm) is designed to enable end users to access corporate data, applications and transaction services, regardless of the information's format, from handheld devices and Internet-enabled phones. With Mercator technology and AvantGo Enterprise, organizations can quickly and easily mobilize their existing enterprise applications, such as SAP(tm) and PeopleSoft(tm), as well as legacy applications.

"With Mercator and AvantGo Enterprise, customers can use XML to deliver any time, anywhere access to their most businesss-critical backend applications," said Rob Meinhardt, vice president of enterprise marketing at AvantGo. "These types of mobile solutions increase productivity by delivering powerful back-office applications to the field, which facilitate business processes and improve operational efficiencies."

Using AvantGo Enterprise, Global 1000 companies are wirelessly extending Internet, intranet and extranet applications beyond the enterprise and to mobile devices. When combined with Mercator's E-Business Broker products, organizations can improve customer relationship management, sales force automation and inventory management by allowing end users to access information residing in the corporate intranet or company databases over the Internet from a wide variety of portable devices. With Mercator's standards-based approach to integration, any data type including XML, EDI and HTML-based data, can be transformed into formats that are displayed on Internet-enabled phones and handheld devices.

"With Mercator's integration broker technology, AvantGo's customers can accelerate time to market for new e-business applications that require mobile content and transaction services," stated Dave Power, vice president of marketing, Mercator. "Without programming, Mercator and AvantGo Enterprise customers now have the ability to access, validate and transform corporate information resources for presentation and use by an increasingly mobile work force. This agreement with AvantGo further illustrates Mercator's commitment to work with complementary, best-of-breed e-business solution providers, and our ability to extend Mercator's market-leading e-business transformation capabilities to meet rapidly evolving market requirements."

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