In a joint venture, local systems integrator Acacia Technologies, IBM AS/400 distributor Tardis, and IBM's Global Financing group have weighed into the year 2000 arena with a cheap ERP-based solution for non-Y2K compliant businesses.
The solution, coined PRMS Inventory + Millennium Bundle, includes hardware, software, implementation services, and financing, and can be installed in just 20 consulting days for less than $420 per user per month over a five-year licence, officials claim.
But while the offering seems largely targeted at AS/400 customers, alliance spokespeople claim it can also be sold into Unix and Windows NT sites that are more concerned with compliancy than platform.
The deal will see Acacia, a Computer Associates business unit, provide the software (PRMS Inventory+) and implementation services; Tardis the AS/400s; while IBM Global Financing will offer lease/finance solutions.
According to John Anderson, Tardis' managing director, most small businesses still don't have compliant systems.
Acacia's business partner and marketing manager, Jeremy Cooper added that PRMS Inventory's integration with the organisation's existing ERP solution, PRMS, allows customers to add ERP modules to their system in the knowledge that they too are compliant.
"Most Y2K software solutions offer no more than a quickly programmed band aid that disguises an existing ERP system's vulnerability, and merely gets the customer through the dreaded turn of the millennium," he claimed.
"However, they still face the costly task of implementing and tailoring a more stable ERP system next year."
In order to finance the solution, customers can pay IBM Global Financing via monthly deductions from their revenue stream, rather than with a heavy one-off capital expense.