IBM First to Offer Global Business Intelligence Services for SAP R/3

Improved Market Management Strategies To Boost Competitive Edge

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PC EXPO, NEW YORK - 22 Jun 1999: -- IBM today announced a comprehensive suite of Business Intelligence Services for SAP R/3, designed to enhance customers' existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems by consolidating and analyzing data and providing the deep discovery and analytical processing capabilities to allow them to make more knowledgeable business decisions.

Developed by IBM Global Services, the new business intelligence offering provides a full-suite of services ranging from strategic consulting, design and planning, to implementation services. IBM provides the expertise to build consolidated business intelligence systems by integrating SAP R/3 with other data sources and providing end-users with timely access to accurate and usable information enterprise-wide.

"Businesses today are looking to extend ERP investments and expand their operations into the realm of e-business," said Mogens Roedbro, global offering executive for IBM Business Management Services/ERP. "By integrating ERP with Business Intelligence technology, a company is better equipped to gather and analyze the data necessary to make informed, insightful decisions. This new business intelligence service responds to our customers' demand for improved information and reporting, and IBM's commitment to provide a full portfolio of ERP services around SAP."

Organizations can benefit from improved information on their sales, customers and products to help them make more effective decisions that will increase productivity, efficiency and competitiveness.

This is delivered by IBM's new service, which focuses on providing:

"The next major business challenge for SAP customers will be extracting the intelligence and management insight in operational data," said Ted Ross, global offering executive, IBM Business Intelligence Services. "IBM Global Services is making a major commitment to provide the vision, models, techniques and skills necessary to deliver these capabilities to our customers."

Based on IBM's extensive experience with SAP implementations and Business Intelligence projects, IBM has identified several solutions that respond to a broad range of customers' wants and needs for business intelligence on top of SAP. These are SAP's Business Information Warehouse, SAS's Intelligent Warehouse for SAP R/3, and IBM's DecisionEdge for Sales Analysis for SAP; or IBM can build a custom solution designed specifically to a customer's individual needs.

IBM Global Services is the world's largest information technology services provider, with 1998 revenues of approximately $29 billion. Services is the fastest growing part of IBM, with more than 130,000 professionals serving customers in 160 countries. IBM Global Services integrates IBM's broad range of capabilities -- services, hardware, software and research -- to help companies of all sizes realize the full value of information technology. For more information visit

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