IBM has launched a platform for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) adopting Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications.
Designed specifically for customers with 100 users or less, the solution is based on IBM's 'all-in-one' System i business computing platform, which the company claims delivers a comparable acquisition cost to analogous Windows-based solutions.
IBM says the System i 520 Solution Edition for Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne provides SMBs, for the first time, with a solution that is similarly priced to a comparable configuration on Windows-based systems like Dell PowerEdge.
Key functions include asset lifecycle, customer relationship, financial, human capital, project, supplier and supply chain management. The platform delivers a combination of integration and open standards with built-in security, virus resistance, database and storage as well as systems management.
This means, says the company, that SMBs can run programs to manage their accounting, supply chain, email, and disaster recovery all on one system that automatically backs up and helps manage the data.
"SMBs typically operate in lean environments with little or no IT personnel and limited resources. Some of these customers have previously selected Windows-based environments to support their JD Edwards applications, believing it was the most economical choice, then found themselves acting as the systems integrators for their business as they managed multiple servers and added the operating system and storage they needed to make the solution actually run," says Mark Shearer, general manager of IBM System i.
"Today's announcement removes price from the equation, giving SMBs a simpler ERP solution that requires minimal technical expertise."
The IBM System i 520 Solution Edition for Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications will be available from 11 August, with hardware configurations starting at $21,921 (UK pricing to be confirmed).