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SmallBusinessComputing.com: IBM Bakes Up a Big Batch of 'Express' Offerings

Nov 03, 2003, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patricia Fusco)

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"Integrating disparate applications is about as difficult as baking a cake from scratch. If you have the base ingredients and can prepare them as directed, it's pretty easy to make a white cake into chocolate, or orange, or cherry, for that matter. It's also pretty easy to make cupcakes. When it comes to integration technologies, IBM's Express offerings are the cake mix, and the many modules are different flavors of the same recipe. Keeping with the analogy, today IBM released 10 new recipes for cupcakes--vertical Express offerings that taste like on-demand computing for mid-sized businesses.

"Today's new offerings are the latest set in a growing portfolio of Express products. IBM was challenged to take the best of its enterprise-class database offerings, reconfigure them, and offer integrated solutions at a palatable price for SMBs. The fruits of its labors resulted in IBM's first Express offerings that were made available in June..."

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