Citrix, Siebel Systems Announce Alliance

Integration of solutions enables joint customers to deploy, provide access to Siebel business apps through centralized access infrastructure

Integration of solutions enables joint customers to deploy, provide access to Siebel business apps through centralized access infrastructure

Fort Lauderdale, FL, and San Mateo, CA — September 23, 2004 — Citrix Systems Inc., a provider of access infrastructure solutions, and Siebel Systems Inc., a business applications software provider, today announced that Citrix has joined the Siebel Alliance Program as a Strategic Platform Partner.

Additionally, the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite and Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager were validated as the enterprise single sign-on (SSO) solution for Siebel 7.5.3 and Siebel 7.7.

Citrix is one of five Siebel Strategic Platform Partners, which enables the company to provide strategic solutions to Siebel Systems customers on a worldwide scale. The integration enables joint customers to securely deploy and provide access to Siebel business applications through a centralized access infrastructure, the companies said.

According to Citrix, the MetaFrame Access Suite enables Siebel Systems' customers to more quickly and efficiently deploy, update and manage Siebel business applications on a centralized model with minimal end user disruption. The company added that it further reduces the costs of providing access to heterogeneous IT environments with broad support for popular browser applications.

"Customers are always looking for better ways to deploy enterprise applications," said J. Bruce Daley, executive editor of The Siebel Observer. "Citrix has a solid reputation for making complex rollouts successful. The announcement that the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite is now validated with Siebel 7.5.3 and Siebel 7.7 should prompt more customers to consider using Citrix in their implementations."

Citrix commented that the proliferation of Web applications provides an opportunity to streamline application delivery and take advantage of increased reliability and performance. Security breaches resulting from user error or inconsistent browser security configurations, for example, are eliminated by centralizing applications and browser security settings on a server. In addition, costs can be reduced through streamlined management of all client application components, including browser versions, allowing fewer IT administrators to support more users.

"Citrix is committed to helping Siebel Systems customers both reduce the cost and simplify the deployment and administration of Web applications," said David Jones, senior vice president, corporate development for Citrix. "The Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite is an easy way for organizations to provide access to enterprise applications and information on demand, and we look forward to providing maximum value to our joint customers."