Pumatech, provider of synchronization software and services, announced it has acquired Starfish Software, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola and of end-to-end mobile infrastructure solutions. Starfish will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Pumatech.
"Starfish has been a true innovator in the data synchronization space for several years, and we are excited about the opportunities this new relationship presents," said Woodson (Woody) Hobbs, Pumatech's president and CEO. "Moreover, we believe this transaction allows Pumatech to leverage the significant intellectual property acquired via this acquisition. It is our belief that Pumatech now controls a majority of the significant patents and IP in the area of synchronization, and that we will benefit from Starfish's valuable product offerings and customer relationships in the wireless, enterprise and telecommunications arenas."
Starfish, founded in 1994 by Philippe Kahn, provides end-to-end mobile infrastructure solutions based on integrated platforms comprising server, desktop and device software for mobile data synchronization, wireless connectivity and device management. The company's flagship product, TrueSyncŪ, is one of the most widely adopted over-the-air phone synchronization solutions in the world and provides end-to-end synchronization for wireless data services, enterprise applications, mobile devices and corporate infrastructures.
Starfish is also a co-founder of the SyncML Initiative, an organization chartered with developing synchronization standards. The SyncML Initiative has been widely adopted within the software and wireless industries, and Starfish was the first company to certify and commercially deploy SyncML-enabled server solutions.
"This acquisition combines Pumatech's expertise with PDAs and PCs with Starfish's expertise in the cell phone and over-the-air markets," Hobbs said. "We believe Pumatech and Starfish will be able to deliver outstanding functionality in a broad array of environments to mobile, groupware and enterprise software users, and that we can leverage the acquisition to continue addressing the complex synchronization challenges of our customer base while also maintaining a watchful eye on overall profitability."
"By bringing together today's leading synchronization providers, we believe this agreement bodes well for enterprise and technology-licensing customers of both Pumatech and Starfish," said Ed Zylka, general manager of enterprise solutions for Motorola's Personal Communications Sector. "The combined sync technologies of these companies will help link the mobile-device and enterprise applications that business people rely on to access current information, whenever and wherever they need it."