IBM servers to sell with Peoplesoft software loaded

Business application provider PeopleSoft has launched a partnership with IBM's mid-sized business division to offer...

Business application provider PeopleSoft has launched a partnership with IBM's mid-sized business division to offer pre-configured servers running IBM's DB2 database and middleware products and software from PeopleSoft.

PeopleSoft said it would begin offering its Accelerated Solutions software packages on IBM's eServer line to customers in the UK this autumn.

The packages are fixed-price offerings that include PeopleSoft's Internet applications, technical training and implementation services. Until now they were not available overseas.

"The reason for pre-configuring systems is to strip out costs and complexities for mid-sized companies," said Jeff Read, vice-president and general manager of mid-market software at PeopleSoft. The company targets mid-sized businesses that generate up to $300m (£197m) in annual revenue.

PeopleSoft currently offers 10 Accelerated Solutions, each aimed at various industry segments and based on different PeopleSoft products. The packages come with unlimited user licences and are designed to run on Unix or Windows NT, Read said.

IBM Global Services will also take part in the partnership, promoting PeopleSoft's Accelerated Solution for customer relationship management (CRM) to its customers.

PeopleSoft said that it is expanding its Accelerated Solutions offering, previously only available in the USA, to customers in France, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, as well as the UK.

In addition to CRM, PeopleSoft develops business software applications used for various aspects of business computing including enterprise resource planning, human resources management, supply chain management and enterprise service automation.

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