SAP and IBM to offer integrated business systems to midsize companies

by Editor 5/9/2008 3:54:00 PM

Business software provider SAP AG has unveiled plans to build on the program for SAP® Business All-in-One solutions, which were announced recently, in ongoing partnership with tech giant IBM.

The solutions will be aimed at small to midsize enterprises (SMEs) with the goal to help the businesses achieve optimal implementation times and total cost of ownership.

SAP made the announcement at the company's international client conference, SAPPHIRE ® 2008 and America’s SAP Users’ Group Annual Conference, also held in Orlando, Florida, in early May.

IBM Power Systems, SAP Business All-in-One, an optimized database and operating system, System x and BladeCenter servers are some of the elements that will be included in the offer.

The new solutions make it possible for companies to deploy end-to-end business processes quickly and at low costs of ownership.

Ray Boggs, vice president of SMB research at IDC, says:

“The joint business relationship between SAP and IBM is in keeping with the interest of midsize businesses in preconfigured and pretested ERP software that runs on preferred hardware types. The flexibility in hardware platform choice combined with appropriate software will help encourage midsize firms to invest in ERP and related solutions that are becoming easier to implement.”

The new solutions for SAP Business All-in-One combine database, hardware and software into a single package, with every component optimized to allow mid-size businesses to reduce costs of their IT investments.

Rainer Zinn, general manager at the Global IBM SAP Alliance, says: “This agreement represents IBM’s continuing commitment to deliver targeted industry solutions for the mid-market. We look forward to working even closer with SAP to bring innovative business solutions to our joint SME clients.”

Hans-Peter Klaey, Global SME president and corporate officer at SAP AG, adds:

IBM servers are an excellent platform for innovation and to address new market segments and channels based on open standards and leading edge technology. The intended offering will provide midsize companies with faster access to integrated business and IT solutions that are easy to implement, competitively priced and optimized for each other. I am confident that this package will simplify the deployment and use of on-premise solutions, drive adoption of integrated business solutions in the SME market and further deliver the best value to our customers.”

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