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ON Technology Extends Automated Deployment
of Mission-Critical Applications to Palm Devices

Enters new smart handheld market expected to grow
to over 500 million devices by 2002

Waltham, MA, March 7, 2000 -- ON Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: ONTC), a leading provider of advanced solutions for managing software across corporate networks and the Internet, today announced ON PDA Manager™ for the Palm Platform, a solution that extends the benefits of enterprise management to information appliances manufactured by Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) and its licensees. ON PDA Manager automatically deploys Palm applications to multiple PCs and companion Palm devices from centralized servers, without requiring end-user involvement. Palm Inc. currently dominates the companion market with a 68.4% share of the U.S. at the end of the first half of 1999, according to IDC, and over 5.5 million devices installed worldwide.

"Mission-critical applications are beginning to be deployed to handheld devices (particularly Palm devices) in many organizations, and this trend will accelerate over the next 2-3 years. Yet few organizations have concrete strategies to make the deployment painless or transparent," says Jack Gold, Senior Program Director of META Group. "The success of wide-scale deployments of mission-critical applications will be contingent upon enabling an automated deployment process for both LAN-connected and mobile users, and providing continuous software management, set-up and update capability."

"In the era of pervasive computing, corporations must ensure that business-critical information is successfully proliferated to handheld devices wherever they're located," said Robert Doretti, President and CEO, ON Technology. "Our technology is designed so that it can be extended to manage any type of information device over any type of network. Today we're announcing that we manage software for PDAs -- which will accelerate adoption of devices such as the Palm platform in the enterprise market -- in addition to our current support for desktop and mobile PCs. This is the first of many announcements for managing a range of information devices - a market which should exponentially grow over the years to come."

Out-of-the-Box Deployment for Standard Applications such as Intellisync and Lotus Notes
ON PDA Manager includes a suite of packages for installing and configuring standard Palm applications and synchronization software from a Windows-based administrative console. It allows administrators to easily and dynamically configure installation parameters with the click of a mouse - such as company names, server names, and network protocols -- as well as synchronization parameters for common functions such as Address Books, Date Books, Mail, Memo Pads, To Do Lists, etc. In particular, ON PDA Manager provides support for Intellisync, an industry-leading synchronization program from Puma Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: PUMA). It also includes packages that install the Palm Desktop and configure Intellisync for syncing with business-critical applications such as: Lotus Notes for information management; Symantec ACT! for sales force automation; Microsoft Outlook for e-mail and personal information management; and Meeting Maker for enterprise calendaring & scheduling.

ON PDA Manager also deploys custom-developed PalmOS applications and content -- such as price lists and retail inventory data -- to individual users or groups of users.

Additional Packages Available On-Line
ON Technology offers its customers a Web site from which additional packages can be downloaded at no charge. Additional packages can also be easily created with ON Technology's automated tools and open published interfaces.

Higher Reliability Using Standard Vendor Setup Programs
The packages delivered with ON PDA Manager rely on standard vendor-supplied setup programs to install the software, which eliminates the need to manually create application "snapshots" or edit complex scripts as with legacy software distribution approaches. This unique native installation technology also delivers higher reliability by leveraging the built-in environmental checking provided by standard vendor setup programs (e.g., whether a DLL exists or should be replaced during installation).

Pricing and Availability
ON PDA Manager for the Palm Computing Platform is an add-on to the ON Command CCM™ software management solution and is available immediately. ON Command CCM is available for UNIX, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 servers. For pricing or additional information on all of ON Technology's products, please contact ON Technology sales via phone at 800-767-6638, or via email at

About ON Technology Corporation
ON Technology empowers IT organizations and service providers to manage the full lifecycle of their computing systems over large-scale corporate networks. Our solutions are used to rapidly and reliably deploy critical applications, operating systems, and content to desktops, mobile PCs, handhelds, servers, retail point-of-sale (POS) terminals and banking workstations. Our customers leverage our solutions to significantly reduce IT costs, improve availability and reliability of business-critical applications, and enhance both IT and end-user productivity. ON’s management solution has been chosen by more than 1,000 enterprises worldwide to manage in excess of 1.2 million networked computer systems. For more information visit ON Technology’s Web site at or call 800-767-6638.


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