Oracle and IBM team up

by Editor 4/17/2008 9:00:00 PM

IBM and Oracle are teaming up to produce specialized, easy-to-use enterprise application solutions for their midmarket customers.

The new project will be developed by the IBM Oracle Consulting Practice, the branch of IBM that already implements Oracle solutions for its clients. The two companies have collaborated many times, but this is their first joint project that is aimed at the midmarket and at delivering the much needed functionality to midsize businesses.

Forrester Research analyst Ray Wang says: "In companies of 1,000 employees or less, IBM has made significant inroads from a hardware perspective, but IBM Global Services has been more focused on the high end of enterprise consulting and rarely focuses on the midmarket."

The first Oracle-based application to come out of the project will be the IBM Express Industrial Manufacturing Solution for Oracle Accelerate. It will be followed by several other solutions for Oracle Accelerate for high technology businesses.

The applications will be developed and implemented by IBM and they will run on the company's hardware. Other than being easier to use, they will also be simpler to implement and maintain.

Brian Mitchell, Global and Americas Oracle Leader at IBM Global Business Services, says: 

"This agreement represents an important milestone in IBM's continuing commitment to deliver targeted industry solutions to our valued midsize clients. We look forward to teaming with Oracle to bring innovative business solutions to this important joint client base."

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