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CRN: IBM assembles bundles for several ERP server solutions… across all… server divisions

Aug 20, 1999, 22:57 (0 Talkback[s])
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"IBM Corp. is planning to offer the channel and customers packaged deals of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions on different servers within 60 days."

"Despite declining growth in the ERP segment over the past year, IBM is banking on better numbers in the areas of supply chain and customer relations management (CRM) solutions to propel growth in its server space, company executives said."

"All current IBM server platforms carry ERP solutions from SAP AG, The Baan Co. and PeopleSoft Inc., and the Netfinity group is set to roll out new solutions this week with QAD Inc..."

"In the meantime, IBM is wasting little time kicking its Linux-based offerings into gear. Last week, the company unveiled increased support for Linux in the enterprise. ...will roll out support services for Linux users through its IBM Global Services division, and Linux consultants will be available to help customers install the operating system, as well as provide planning and applications and database services... 'The key point is that services and support will be there in the critical start-up mode for users,' said Michael Reigel, global executive for Linux and E-business solutions at IBM's Netfinity division.

IBM also will work with Walldorf, Germany-based SAP to create a Linux version of SAP's R/3 ERP platform for Netfinity."

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