Three of the giants of IT are joining forces to take on IBM and its e-business drive.
Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and EDS have forged an alliance to accrue business-to-business and business-to-consumer strength in the industry.
By utilising Cisco's Internet networking technology, HP's security servers and software, and EDS' consulting and systems-integration capabilities, the three companies are planning to create an all-encompassing electronic-commerce development centre.
Host of applications
EDS is including a host of applications from its Web-commerce services as part of the solu-tions that will cover areas such as industrial products distribution, procurement, finance, sports and entertainment, employees and customised services.
EDS' electronic-business unit will manage the operation, while HP and Cisco will supply practical testing and integration services in a global capacity.
According to a Cisco source, the partnership is being formed to target small-to-medium businesses that need external expertise to establish an Internet-business component. Larger corporations already have internal structures in place to deal with such complex issues, the source said.
The trio of companies envisage businesses will rely heavily on e-commerce in the future and believe that by providing comprehensive e-commerce solutions, the face of business itself will change.
"By migrating business functions to the Internet, businesses are increasing revenues, decreasing expenses, speeding time to market and forming tighter links to customers," said Steve Behm, vice president of strategic alliances at Cisco Systems.
Officials from the three companies were scheduled to meet late last week to discuss plans for a global rollout.