BackWeb Strikes Alliance with Oblix

In a mutually beneficial agreement, San Jose, Calif.-based BackWeb Technologies and Oblix, Inc., a maker of security solutions for e-business networks, have formed a co-branding marketing alliance for the cross-pollination of the two companies’ products and services. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The two companies will jointly train their staff and sales representatives to market each other’s services and products as a complimentary package. Oblix will recommend BackWeb’s offline portal servers to its customers, and likewise BackWeb will market Oblix’s NetPoint, a Web access management solution that provides identity infrastructure for e-business and ensures that only authorized users are able to view content. NetPoint is designed to reduce IT costs and provide access control with a single sign-on to business applications.

By combining BackWeb’s ProactivePortal Server technology, users will be able to deliver secure content that is routed to the right person or business entity. Oblix’s NetPoint identity system provides the infrastructure and BackWeb provides the offline access so that critical content is secure and available, online and offline.

The BackWeb/Oblix solution will be targeted at mobile users and sales people needing secure and reliable access to information from offsite locations.

“Oblix focuses on meeting the growing and shifting demands of e-business,” said Ken Sims, vice president of business development for Oblix. “Our technology enhances portal communications by ensuring that critical information will be made available to only the correct people.”

Earlier this month, Oblix entered an alliance with Texas-based 724 Solutions, a provider of mobile Internet solutions for financial institutions and mobile operators. Under the terms of the agreement, Oblix will integrate 724’s mobile platform with NetPoint to extend the reach of its identity management systems to mobile wireless users and PCs.

“Corporations are concerned about their ability to ensure that critical content is secure, routed to the right person, and interacted with in a timely manner,” said Erez Lorber. “Oblix has recognized the need to provide a comprehensive solution to these issues and has endorsed BackWeb’s technology as the offline portal vendor of choice as an essential element in that solution for mobile users.”

BackWeb currently provides portal services to Cisco, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Ericsson, and IBM. The company also has offices in Ramat-Gan, Israel.

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