IBM adds latest offerings to Express products

IBM has added several offerings to its Express line of products and services to improve integration and information management...

IBM has added several offerings to its Express line of products and services to improve integration and information management capabilities.

The WebSphere Business Integration Express for item synchronisation allows mid-sized companies better linking of supply chain information to the UCCnet Global Registry.

This helps automate the codes used to identify and describe products. The latest offering includes a process integration collaboration that can send and receive data to a third-party registry.

Available next week, pricing on the WebSphere product starts at $7,000 (£4,129) for the Windows version. Editions that work with Linux and IBM's OS/400 operating systems are expected by the end of this year.

IBM has predicted that mid-sized businesses will spend $100bn (£59bn) on integration technologies and services in the next three years.

IBM has also rolled out its DB2 Content Manager Express, a product which enables customers to capture, manage and protect business information while at the same time delivering content to users when and where they need it.

The package will simplify and automate content management requirements such as installation and configuration. This would help lighten the workload of administrators working in small IT departments.

The software is now available and costs $9,375 (£5,530) per server and $1,063 per concurrent user.

The IBM Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Express aims to provide to benefits beyond an engineering department by better enabling mid-sized manufacturers to reuse parts, or to simplify product complexity, and streamline bid preparation and provide improved product maintenance.

The offering includes four packaged solutions based on Smarteam from Dassault Systemes and also includes IBM WebSphere Application Server.

"The lifecycle product allows SME users to understand the analytics behind the web. One of the ways medium-sized companies are trying to integrate with customers is through the internet, and so this is a set of tools that allows them to optimise performance and to track buyer behaviour and loyalty.

"It allows them to become more of an on demand operation," said Marc Lautenbach, general manager of IBM's small and medium-sizes division.

The IBM Think Express Program, includes Express versions of the company's ThinkPad notebook systems, the ThinkCentre desktop systems.

The systems include the Active Protection System, an "airbag for notebooks" which helps protect data if a ThinkPad T41 or R50 notebook is dropped, as well as Rapid Restore Ultra, which restores data, applications, and settings after a software failure.

The ThinkPad Express models start at $849 (£500), with Express models of the recently announced ThinkPad R50 and T41 notebooks starting at $1,669 (£984). Pricing of the ThinkCentre Express desktop models starts at $449 (£265).

Ed Scannell writes for Infoworld


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