Enterprise Solutions- Briefs
IBM tries to see it all
Oracle and IBM have released fixed-price integrated business solution bundles aimed at small and medium businesses, which the companies claim can be implemented in as little as 25 days. To be distributed through selected reseller partners, the packages include IBM RS/6000 and NetFinity servers as well as Oracle's Financial Application modules.
Partners selected for the special offerings include integrators Tardis Services, IGA Tech, Chrome Global and Datec.
Outswapping at the source
An interesting twist on Electronic Data Systems' place in the market emerged last week when the integrator, which has strong outsourcing and services operations itself, signed a $US12 billion outsourcing contract with telco MCI WorldCom.
In return for the 10 years of voice and data telecommunications management that EDS gets from MCI, the roles are swapped with the former delivering a lot of the latter's IT infrastructure needs in a similar outsourcing contract. Each deal is worth $6 billion.
To e-BEA or not to BEA
Middleware vendor BEA Systems is the latest company to declare itself to be evolving into an e-commerce company, now giving itself the moniker of `The e-Commerce Transactions Company'.
Previously chasing high-end customers and boasting global e-comm-erce customers such as Amazon.com, E-Trade and Federal Express, the company intends to expand its focus to include `businesses of all sizes', a press statement said.
Sun-Netscape Alliance gets the message
In a move to strengthen its position in the messaging market, the Sun-Netscape Alliance last week launched iPlanet Calendar Server software, which is designed to integrate and scale with the alliance's existing messaging products.
The software will integrate with Netscape Messaging Server software and Sun's Internet Mail Server 4.1, and is designed to provide scheduling and messaging services to both businesses and Internet services providers, the alliance said in a statement.
Knowledge management and portals software and services vendor Autonomy used the Itxpo99 and Symposium event in Brisbane last week to launch itself onto the Asia-Pacific market. A full and formal launch will take place later this month where the company's newly shipped Portal-in-a-Box solution will carry the flag.