Swedish midmarket enterprise resource planning software maker Intentia International is to standardise its offerings around IBM's middleware software.
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Intentia will integrate its Java-based Movex applications applications with IBM's WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Portal Express and DB2 Universal Database. Both companies will market Intentia's applications, which Intentia will encourage its customers to run on IBM hardware.
The arrangement deepens an existing alliance between the two companies, and echoes a deal IBM struck last year with JD Edwards, which also chose to incorporate IBM's middleware technology into its own software stack as the foundation for its applications.
IBM's deal with Intentia comes as it campaigns for deeper relationships with its application-developer partners, particularly those targeting the midmarket.
"The majority of independent software vendors will, over the next few years, make a decision about what infrastructure to choose," said Scott Hebner, IBM's vice president of strategy and marketing for developer relations.
"We're targeting several hundred top ISVs to encourage a commitment to IBM's infrastructure. We want them to lead with IBM for a majority of their business."
Stacy Cowley writes for IDG News Service