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midastouch017   Wednesday, 11/16/05 08:43:45 AM
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Sprint Nextel Selects Attunity Data Integration Platform for its Industry First Zero Latency Enterprise System
Wednesday November 16, 8:34 am ET

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 16, 2005--Attunity (NASDAQ: ATTU - News), the strategic enterprise integration platform of choice for organizations looking to implement real time and on-demand data and information integration announced today that Sprint Nextel Corporation, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, has selected Attunity's data integration platform to provide seamless access to all its voice network operational and call detail records for its industry first zero latency enterprise system.

Sprint Nextel needed a solution that could pass requests from external systems to its HP Nonstop SQL databases, comprised of its Network Operational Data Store (ODS), better known in the industry as the first Zero Latency Enterprise. Groups requiring access to the ODS data had historically seen the system as difficult to access and as requiring specialized development. Attunity's integration platform with its Connect solution made this access seamless.

"First and foremost, Sprint Nextel looked at the capabilities of the solution in relation to other products in the same category," said Gary Bryan, system integrator at Sprint Nextel, who worked on the project. "Next we looked at the quality of the product and the ability of the vendor to support that product. Sprint Nextel was looking for a partner rather than just a vendor. In Attunity, we found such a partner who was willing to put "skin in the game", and provide the level of support we were looking for."

Sprint Nextel's Network Operational Data Store holds operational measurements as well as call detail records generated by the voice network. The measurements are used to fine-tune the network and to react to disasters such as the recent Katrina hurricane, which resulted in the loss of one voice switch and one of the PCS distribution sites. All traffic had to be offloaded to other network elements without overloading those other elements. Additionally, call detail records are used to troubleshoot the network and to research customer problems as well as respond to homeland security department requests. Without a seamless and easy access path to the network data for different user groups, Sprint Nextel would be unable to quickly respond to all these needs.

"Sprint Nextel let us know that they were looking for a vendor that would act as a real partner on this project and had the ability to deliver support," said Daniel Sapir, vice president of marketing, Attunity. "As in many previous cases, Attunity's integration platform delivered value with its technology and considerable business benefits with its solution. In this case, we our delivering this value to one of the largest telecommunication companies in the world. Attunity is now well positioned to address the data integration needs of the telecommunication sector."

"Attunity is genuinely interested in solving problems, not just selling products," commented Tom Steele, principal network design engineer at Sprint Nextel, who worked on the project. "The integration platform offers us seamless access to our HP Nonstop SQL databases from external systems and allows Sprint Nextel to instantly respond and react, whether it is a customer problem or national disaster."

About Attunity Ltd.

Attunity is a leading provider of enterprise data integration software. Using Attunity's products, companies can seamlessly connect to data sources, stream data changes across the enterprise, and federate heterogeneous information to achieve a single view of their business. Employing a unique distributed architecture, Attunity software runs natively on enterprise data servers, turning locked data silos into an efficient Information Grid. The result is significantly enhanced performance and reduced cost of ownership.

Many companies worldwide are using Attunity software worldwide for data integration initiatives such as service-oriented integration to the mainframe as part of EAI projects, legacy data access for business intelligence and reporting, real-time and efficient ETL based on change data capture, and single customer views from disparate information sources. Also, Attunity is a trusted partner for industry leaders like Oracle and HP who embed Attunity software into their products and solution offerings.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business and government customers. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks offering industry leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.SprintNextel.com/mr.


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