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16 Oct 2000:
and through an extensive network of partnerships with best-of-breed software vendors, IBM continues to strengthen its commitment to medium-sized businesses across the globe.
·The IBM eServer* line will provide mid-sized customers with pre-tested, integrated offerings from leading independent software vendors (ISV) including Siebel, Logility and Ariba. These complete e-business solutions will help medium-sized firms acquire new customers, enhance supplier relationships and improve employee productivity.
·IBM eServer* products reduce risk, unpredictable costs and implementation times via 130 worldwide solution assurance centers that provide support, capacity upgrades on demand, and financing offerings that allow customers to spread the solution investment over time. IBM eServer* solutions for mid-sized companies include:
·Siebel CRM and E-Business 2000**. Siebel eBusiness 2000, Mid-Market Edition, enables organizations to manage, synchronize and coordinate sales, marketing and customer service functions across all communications channels and points of customer contact, including the Web, call centers, field sales and reseller channels.
·Ariba SupplierLive**. Ariba SupplierLive is a comprehensive, scalable offering, optimized for the IBM eServer* iSeries and xSeries, providing a full-function business-to-business e-commerce solution.
·Logility SCM**. This supply chain application provides customer-facing views into the distribution center for customer, suppliers and transportation functions. It consists of an Internet-based suite of business-to-business collaborative commerce applications for value-chain strategy, demand planning, inventory planning, replenishment planning and demand chain voyager modules.
A Year in the Making
·IBM first announced plans to enter into a new range of relationships with industry leading software developers last November. Building on IBM's PartnerWorld for Developers program, this announcement signaled a major commitment to work with Business Partners as the primary way to expand IBM's customer reach. Developers included in that announcement:
·Geodesic Systems, Inc.**
·JDA Software Group, Inc.**
·In March, IBM announced a host new alliances with industry leading software companies at its annual Global Supply Chain Executive Conference. A key focus of this announcement was providing complete, integrated e-marketplace solutions. Developers included in that announcement:
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