Microsoft and Siebel Systems Announce Availability of Siebel Component Assembly for Microsoft .NET

BOSTON — Oct. 17,2005 — Today at Siebel CustomerWorld 2005, Microsoft Corp. and Siebel Systems Inc. announced availability of the Siebel Component Assembly for Microsoft® .NET. This offering enables customers to simplify and speed the development of custom CRM applications, enhance organizational decision-making and increase end-user productivity. This product is one of several .NET Framework-based offerings that has resulted from a long-standing successful strategic global alliance between the two companies.

Siebel Component Assembly delivers the essential building blocks to help organizations build custom CRM applications more quickly, easily and efficiently. Major elements of this new product line shipping today include a metadata-driven, declarative development environment and a pre-built library of industry-leading customer relationship management (CRM) components that enable rapid application development for .NET. The Siebel Component Assembly product offering is targeted for organizations that are experienced in building highly customized CRM applications. Customers using Siebel Component Assembly and .NET can now deliver CRM solutions that are cost-effective, agile and among the best in class, because Siebel Component Assembly is designed to take full advantage of a broad set of Microsoft technologies.

Siebel Component Assembly for .NET is based on the .NET Framework and features native integration with a broad range of Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Office 2003 editions, Office Outlook® 2003, SharePoint® Products and Technologies and Exchange. This will greatly simplify deployment and management and provide an enhanced user experience through the following:

  • Native support for Web services. By employing a service-oriented architecture approach to deliver an interoperable, manageable and scalable infrastructure, Siebel Component Assembly will enable customers to extend their existing technology investments and build a connected system that allows digital assets to move seamlessly across platforms and applications. Customers will also be able to more rapidly adapt to market changes and discover new market opportunities.

  • Utilization of smart client technology. Built on Visual Studio® 2005 Windows® Forms technology, smart clients are easily deployed and managed client applications that provide an adaptive and interactive experience by utilizing local resources and intelligently connecting to distributed data sources. This provides a richer user experience and simplifies deployment, manageability and upgrade capabilities.

  • Integration with Microsoft Office System. Siebel Component Assembly customers will benefit from direct access to e-mail, Exchange, calendar and contacts. Because it is built on .NET, customers can export data directly to Microsoft Office Excel® 2003 and can use Smart Tag recognition in both Office Word 2003 and Excel 2003. Information workers can work with the tools they are most familiar with, which increases productivity. Siebel Component Assembly for .NET also supports Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies and Office Live Communications Server 2005, enabling customers to collaboratively address business issues in real time.

  • Native support for Microsoft’s latest server technology. Customers will have immediate access and support for Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003, Microsoft ASP .NET 2.0 and Microsoft SQL Server™ 2005. In addition, Siebel Component Assembly works with native .NET deployment and administration tools. Siebel Component Assembly gives customers access to the latest Microsoft server technology at a low TCO.

“Siebel Component Assembly for .NET is an important milestone for the global alliance between our two companies,” said Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate vice president of the Developer & Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft. “This will provide mutual customers with new opportunities to tap into the strength of the .NET architecture and extract more value from their investments in Siebel.”

“Siebel applications are designed to take advantage of the power of the platform,” said Skip Bacon, vice president of products at Siebel Systems. “With Siebel Component Assembly for Microsoft .NET, we are offering our customers the unique ability to rapidly address new market opportunities and build robust solutions that offer greater flexibility and cost savings.”

Microsoft and Siebel Systems have a long history of working together to bring enterprise-class solutions to market for thousands of customers worldwide. Since 2002, when their global alliance was announced, the two companies have delivered a number of products aimed at improving the productivity and flexibility of enterprise-class solutions for their joint customers. Today, the majority of Siebel’s enterprise customers run their solutions on the Microsoft platform.

About Siebel Systems

Siebel Systems (NASDAQ: SEBL) is a leading provider of software solutions and services that drive value and loyalty in client-customer relationships, providing best-in-class capabilities in on-premise and hosted customer relationship management (CRM), business analytics, and customer data integration. Siebel’s new Customer Adaptive Solutions enable organizations to model their customer-centric business processes in order to drive the most effective customer interactions, gain increased insight over time, and continually realign those processes for systemic and consistent improvement. With more than $2 billion in R&D investments, 11-plus years of customer software experience, an extensive global ecosystem of alliance partners, and more than 4,000 customers and 3.7 million live users, Siebel is the proven choice in helping organizations of all types and sizes achieve customer-driven business results.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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