Fortune 1000 IT Departments Turning to the Palm OS Platform for Mobile

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Survey Reveals Majority of Fortune 1000 Respondents Select Palm OS as Enterprise Handheld Standard Fortune 1000 IT Departments Turning to the Palm OS Platform for Mobile Solutions SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 20 /PRNewswire/ — A new, independent survey of handheld computing in Fortune 1000 companies indicates that a majority of the respondents selected the Palm OS(R) platform as a handheld platform of choice for their standards lists. The survey, conducted by the Winn Technology Group, Inc. of Palm Harbor, Fla., found that 56 percent of the 585 companies who responded have established standards for enterprisewide handheld computing solutions. Within that group, the research firm found the following: — 85 percent of the respondents with a handheld standard have selected the Palm OS platform for their standards list; — 70 percent of the respondents with a handheld standard selected Palm(TM) branded devices as their corporate standard; and — 57 percent of the respondents with a handheld standard identified Palm Powered(TM) devices as their exclusive handheld computer standard. Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) commissioned the survey to find out what Fortune 1000 companies are buying and to determine Palm’s relative position on corporate standards lists. A copy of the survey is available at “The survey indicates a strong preference for Palm OS based solutions,” said Jim Hannagan, vice president of research for Winn Technology. “Palm is already known for winning the hearts of mobile professionals; now it seems that Palm OS based solutions are gaining acceptance within corporate IT departments. In uncertain times like these, it’s natural that Fortune 1000 companies would turn to the proven technology behind Palm Powered solutions as a way to further improve efficiency.” Enterprise adoption of handheld computing is rising as companies recognize the benefits of handheld devices for improving efficiency, reducing errors and lowering costs. Although 56 percent of the companies surveyed have established standards already, Winn Technology estimates that number will jump to 70 percent by the end of 2001. As corporate work forces becomes increasingly mobile, enterprise IT departments need faster, lower-cost, more reliable and more secure ways for employees to stay connected to the office and access mission-critical databases, reporting and communications systems and applications. The Stamford, Conn.-based META Group estimates that 75 percent of knowledge workers will be mobile at least 25 percent of the time within three years. “This research demonstrates Palm’s focus and capabilities within the enterprise,” said Jerry Jalaba, vice president of enterprise for Palm, Inc. “Our goal is to win the broad endorsement of IT departments, as we have with mobile professionals. We’re doing this by helping companies implement secure and cost-effective mobile solutions for their employees, customers and suppliers with an ROI measured in weeks — a winning combination.” About Winn Technology Group, Inc. Since 1990, Winn Technology Group has provided strategic marketing services to the IT vendor community. The company specializes in strategic consulting, lead management, database development and research for business-to-business IT companies, from startup to Fortune 500 and e-50 status. More information is available at . About Palm, Inc. Palm, Inc. is a pioneer in the field of mobile and wireless Internet solutions and a leading provider of handheld computers, according to IDC (December 2000). Based on the Palm OS(R) platform, Palm’s handheld solutions allow people to carry and access their most critical information with them wherever they go. Palm(TM) handhelds address the needs of individuals, enterprises and educational institutions through thousands of application solutions. The Palm OS platform is also the foundation for products from Palm’s licensees and strategic partners, such as Franklin Covey, HandEra (formerly TRG), Handspring, IBM, Kyocera, Sony and Symbol Technologies. Platform licensees also include Acer, Garmin, Nokia and Samsung. The Palm Economy is a growing global community of industry-leading licensees, world-class OEM customers, and approximately 155,000 innovative developers and solution providers that have registered to develop solutions based on the Palm OS platform. Palm went public on March 2, 2000. Its stock is traded on the Nasdaq national market under the symbol PALM. More information is available at NOTE: Palm OS is a registered trademark and Palm and Palm Powered are trademarks of Palm, Inc. or its subsidiaries. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT – Click Here SOURCE Palm, Inc.



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