In a bid to help small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) maintain enterprise-wide security and overcome business process challenges that inhibit growth and innovation, IBM has introduced three SMB-focused modules of its Express Advantage suite.
The computer giant says that Express Advantage will allow SMBs to benefit from its technical strength and business insight in tailored offerings that are priced and scaled to meet the unique needs of the target market. The new additions to Express Advantage include IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator Express, IBM Express Desktop Management Services, and IBM Grid and Grow Express.
The announcement builds on the findings of IBM's Global SMB Innovation Survey, taken among executives from SMBs around the globe, which illustrated that enterprise-wide security, process integration, access to capital and business continuity and recovery are among the leading business concerns faced by SMBs.
IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator Express is designed to help SMBs maintain accurate and secure identity data across all of an organisation's applications. It takes identity data from a trusted source, such as a human resources application, and ensures the data is shared correctly with other applications.
IBM Express Desktop Management Services is a fully integrated, web-based suite of services designed to improve the security and uptime of the customer IT environment, while increasing the productivity of its IT staff. It aims to provide customers with visibility of IT assets and installed software across their firm, including remote users and distributed sites, enabling management of desktop and laptop assets.
Finally, IBM Grid and Grow Express contains hardware, software and services, which the company says enable first-time customers to take advantage of grid technology. The offering consists of IBM BladeCenter with seven blades, along with a choice of server architectures, operating systems, schedulers and services that tie these technologies together. The package is designed to position SMBs for future growth, as well as give them the technology to address business challenges associated with mission critical, compute-intensive applications.