Optus and IBM Global Services are expanding their software-on-demand offerings as part of a new focus on unbundling systems integration services.
The companies said they were also working hard to help newly-merged or acquired businesses connect their disparate IT infrastructure.
The extra services form part of Optus Online Office, which was launched in March.
Optus sells the services through its sales channel, while IBM manages and owns the infrastructure. It delivers the applications and services on a shared host server farm, while Optus owns and manages the customer relationships.
IBM e-business hosting director, Janet Matton, described the Optus Online Office payment plan as a utility service, with users paying monthly for the services they subscribed to. These included software supply and maintenance.
Using hosted services and applications also allowed customers to increase their demand as the need arose, she said.
It also allowed customers to access IBM technology and services, previously available only to large corporates. IBM partners with many ISVs and business partners to deliver other hosted applications to customers on demand.
“We are experiencing strong growth from e-business hosting services across software and mission critical applications, security, computing capacity on demand and application services,” Matton said.
Big Blue has claimed strong growth in the market for its e-business hosting services.
It will also launch videoconferencing services and Lotus software. Optus said it was close to signing new deals with an unnamed partner to deliver a range of operational improvements, such as password management.