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NetLedger teams with HP to run apps

NetLedger and Hewlett-Packard are joining forces to offer enterprise applications to small and medium sized businesses, the companies announced at the CeBIT conference.

HP will offer NetLedger's NetSuite to its customers, NetSuite will run on HP's notebooks and Tablet PCs, and the companies will both service the applications.

"We're big believers in wireless, big believers in the mobile office," said Zach Nelson, chief executive of NetLedger.

The NetSuite provides, via an ASP model, CRM and ERP applications such as accounting, payroll, sales and customer support, order processing and inventory management, and website creation and hosting.

"We're buying the HP hardware for you. We're buying the Oracle database for you, and spreading the cost across thousands of users," Nelson said.

HP, for its part, pitches in on the services side, according to Robyn West, vice-president of small and medium-sized business at HP.

"The big thing is helping customers to understand their business processes … helping customers understand how they want to model their business," he said.

As part of the agreement, NetLedger is standardising on HP hardware running Linux in its datacentre.

Jodi Maxson, NetLedger's vice-president of sales and business development, said it is looking to put customers on to HP ProLiant servers. "The next step is putting [servers at customers'] own sites and letting us manage them remotely," she said.

Tom Sullivan writes for Infoworld


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