IBM And IBS Deliver Integrated Supply Chain Solution For Small And Medium Enterprises

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ARMONK, NY AND FOLSOM, CA - 02 Nov 2001: IBM and IBS, International Business Systems, today announced a new integrated server offering to help small to mid-sized enterprises easily and affordably automate their supply chains.

The IBM eServer for IBS provides small to mid-sized wholesale distributors and manufacturers an integrated supply chain solution that is reliable, scalable, affordable and very secure -- yet simple to deploy and easy to manage. IBS software helps businesses automate supply-chain processes to gain a competitive advantage through improved operational efficiency.

The new server offering is part of IBM's strategy to deliver low-cost, easy-to-deploy, integrated hardware and software solutions that help small to mid-sized customers reduce the cost and complexity of e-business. The IBM / IBS solution joins the IBM eServer iSeries Powered by WebSphere and the IBM eServer for J.D. Edwards as part of this strategy.

IBM believes small and medium business (up to 1,000 employees) will represent 52 percent of the total server market worldwide by 2004. The total IT opportunity for small and medium business is more than $300 billion, and customers spend two-thirds of those dollars on solutions that deliver fast return on their investment.

IBM eServer iSeries -- with support for Linux, Java, Windows and Unix applications, and the ability to run multiple virtual servers on a single system -- offers small and medium businesses a compelling alternative to the skyrocketing costs and complexity of managing server farms.

"Today more than ever, mid-sized customers need fully integrated solutions that are affordable, simple to deploy and easy to manage," said Kim Stevenson, vice president, IBM eServer iSeries marketing operations. "By teaming with leading solution providers like IBS, we can provide customers more secure, scalable and cost-effective solutions from trusted sources like IBM and IBS that can help them reduce the complexity of e-business and realize faster time to benefit than competitive solutions that are not fully integrated."

The IBM eServer for IBS will be marketed worldwide through IBM Business Partners, IBS' direct sales force and IBS' business partner network. "This new integrated server offering is ideal for wholesale distributors and sales companies in international groups," said Magnus Wastenson, vice president, global marketing, IBS. "This is a very attractive solution for small and mid-sized companies because it integrates IBS' leading supply chain execution software with IBM's powerful new generation of eServer products."

General availability is expected by November 20, 2001.

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