CUPERTINO, Calif. --October 13, 1997-- -- Telecommuting is not the wave of the future anymore. It is here today. Advances in technology, both in hardware and software, make telecommuting easier and available to almost every company and their employees. Gartner Group, a market research firm, estimates that by the year 2000 there will be more than 30 million telecommuters in North America. The decisions that companies make today for their telecommuting software will have an even greater impact for the future. Therefore, Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), the leading provider of PC communications software, today announced that in support of Telecommute America Week (October 20 - 24, 1997), the company will provide free copies of its award-winning website.
“Telecommuting is a key program organizations are implementing to help employees be more productive anywhere, anytime. Companies and their employees now have access to leading-edge telecommuting information from organizations such as Symantec, International Telework Association (TAC) and Smart Valley. This information allow companies to implement telecommuting solutions quickly and easily,” said Christopher Calisi, vice president of the Remote Productivity Solutions Business Unit at Symantec. “Symantec is proud to contribute award-winning software such as pcANYWHERE32 to the Telecommute America initiative.”
“Symantec's participation in Telecommute America Week is allowing more employers and employees to see how technology can make telecommunications much more easy and productive,” said Gail Martin, project director of Telecommute America. “Symantec has a history of supporting telecommuting such as during the B.A.R.T. strike in San Francisco and the Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, and we applaud their efforts to make telecommuting an even more acceptable workplace initiative.”
In addition, Symantec will be moderating an online forum during Telecommute America Week produced by the Northern California Telecommute America Week team. The forum will be hosted by Smart Valley, Inc. Symantec’s forum will give the public an opportunity to ask a variety of questions and address issues on remote communications and telecommuting alternatives.
“Symantec, one of the leading software companies in Silicon Valley, offers one of the best telecommuting solutions with their pcANYWHERE and WinFax software packages. We are thrilled that they are participating in our virtual online conference and definitely will be an added-value to our telecommuting initiative,” said Kathie Blankenship, vice president of communications for Smart Valley, Inc. “The Silicon Valley offers the greatest resources and technology to allow companies to implement telecommuting solutions and Smart Valley, Inc. is dedicated to promoting those resources.”
Symantec plans to offer five copies of pcANYWHERE to each of the regional Telecommute America Week chapter events. These cities include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Norfolk (Hampton Roads), Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Jersey, New York Metro Area (including Southern Connecticut), Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Greater Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco Bay Area (including Silicon Valley), St Louis Metro Area, Tampa, Tucson, Washington D.C. (including Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland), and Ontario, Canada.
Telecommute America is a public-private effort launched in 1995 to promote awareness and understanding of telecommuting and telework arrangements. Founding members of the effort include TAC - The International Telework Association, the Association for Commuter Transportation, AT&T, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. General Services Administration.
Smart Valley Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the deployment of technologies that make Silicon Valley a better place to live and a stronger competitor in the world economy.
About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Cafe product lines in Internet development tools.
Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan, and several fast-growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California, and employs more than 2,000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054, or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.
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