IBM, PI $10M e-business alliance

IBM, PI $10M e-business alliance

IBM and Singapore-based Pacific Internet (PI) last week announced a strategic alliance to jointly develop one-stop business-to-business and business-to-consumer electronic business products for companies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Under the alliance, PI expects to purchase IBM hardware, software and services valued at $US10 million over a period of 12 months.

PI, Singapore's second-largest Internet service provider (ISP) will offer e-business services through the business-to-business area of its portal, the company said in a statement. As part of the services provided, will offer hosting facilities to application service providers (ASPs).

In the business-to-business segment, will also serve content from IBM's Small Business Centre portal and work with IBM on activities such as Webcasting, classified advertisements and online chat, to promote e-business among small and medium-sized enterprises, PI said.

Via its business-to-consumer segment, the portal will also host e-commerce for businesses. IBM and PI will collaborate on joint marketing programs to drive awareness and adoption of e-business among businesses across the Southeast Asia region, PI said.

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