Cupertino, Calif. --February 11, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced a business alliance with ACT!, Symantec's popular contact manager. Archer Enterprise for ACT!, extends ACT!'s traditional contact management architecture to support storage of information in a central database based on Microsoft's SQL Server. Archer Enterprise for ACT! also adds sales force automation features to ACT! such as account tracking, opportunity management, and sales forecasting. This new offering, will allow corporations to manage their customer base more efficiently and sales executives to better track and manage their sales forces.
"Symantec views this alliance with Archer as a long-term relationship based on the seamless integration of Archer Enterprise for ACT!," said Christopher Calisi, Symantec's vice president of the Remote Productivity Solutions Group. "This alliance will lead to the development of sales force automation products based on ACT! and the Archer Enterprise architecture to improve sales force productivity."
"The development of Archer Enterprise for ACT! has led to this important alliance with Symantec," said Rick McCutcheon, president of Archer Enterprise Systems. "We look forward to working with Symantec and the ACT! Certified Consultants to provide solutions that are scalable, cost effective, and user friendly."
ACT!, the best-selling product in the contact management segment with over 1.3 million users, helps individual salespeople and small sales teams manage prospects, customers, and calendar data, improve individual productivity, and communicate more often with their customers. ACT! turns contacts into relationships and relationships into results. ACT! also includes networking and remote synchronization functions that allow small workgroups to easily share customer and calendar data.
Archer Enterprise for ACT!, is a distributed data architecture based on Microsoft's BackOffice platform. It extends ACT!'s functionality allowing it the scalability to link ACT! to enterprise wide systems easily and affordably. Archer Enterprise for ACT!, allows for an unlimited number of users to share and consolidate ACT! data to a centralized, fully relational database platform based on Microsoft's SQL Server. Archer Enterprise for ACT! includes extensive tools that allow administrators to manage and maintain central data and to control access and distribution of sensitive contact information. These enhancements are suited for companies with mobile sales professionals that need centralized management, distribution, and reporting of sales data.
Archer Enterprise for ACT! will be marketed and sold by Archer Enterprise Systems. Through its Business Partner Program, Archer will offer consultation, integration, training and support. The Archer Business Partner program will be complimentary to Symantec's ACT! Certified Consultants (ACC) program and will include some of the existing ACT! Certified Consultants as well as additional consultants, VARs and systems integrators.
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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