Services Briefs: Data#3, IBM

Services Briefs: Data#3, IBM

Data#3 wins dairy dollars

IT solutions outfit Data#3 has won the contract to service a major hardware upgrade for Dairy Farmers. The multi-million dollar deal includes the installation of an IBM eServer iSeries 890 mainframe and continues a long-standing business relationship between the two companies. Manager of group information services and solutions for Dairy Farmers, Tony Talbot, said it was looking to build on its ERP platform while increasing functionality in supply chain management and data warehousing. He added that it made sense for Dairy Farmers to continue a relationship with a partner who could supply both the hardware and the implementation services. “This reinforces the strength of our enterprise infrastructure team and our technology consulting services,” said John Grant, CEO of Data#3. “It is also testament to the long relationships we build with our customers.”

IBM updates software kit

IBM has made its first update to ImageUltra Builder, a software development kit that aids resellers and large businesses to manage the software images of large fleets of personal computers. Now branded under IBM’s “ThinkVantage” marketing, version 1.1 of the software delivers important new functionality. The first version of Image UltraBuilder managed fleets of PCs with multiple operating systems, applications, configuration settings and data - but only for fleets of IBM personal computers. Version 1.1 on the other hand, can manage fleets of personal computers manufactured by multiple vendors, at higher cost to the end user. The software kit is available for IBM Business Partners to buy for their own use in deploying fleets of computers, and to resell to other medium and large businesses. The new version costs $2136 for a 30-client license plus additional charges (between $25-$29 per additional IBM PC or between $53-$58 for additional ‘non-IBM’ clients).

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