IBM expands WebSphere collection

Low-cost WebSphere package from IBM targets small to medium businesses.

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By  Vijaya George Published  December 23, 2002

IBM Middle East has expanded its WebSphere software family with the addition of Express. Websphere-Express is targeted at regional mid-market companies with 100 to 1,000 employees, and their business partners because it is relatively cheaper and easier to deploy.

“Capital constrained and risk-averse, mid-market businesses in this region are looking for reliable and easy-to-deploy solutions that leverage the Web to deliver immediate business value, while helping them better serve their customers,” said Bashar Kilani, software group manager, IBM Middle East, North/ West Africa. “Their focus is on implementing easy, flexible solutions that can grow quickly. IBM WebSphere - Express is extremely well suited to this market because it lowers the cost of those initial solutions while establishing a secure platform for continued growth as business needs change."

The new software package is an open infrastructure that allows information to flow across independent business operations, such as those for managing customer relationships or the supply chain. With it, a business can build personalised Web sites where users can share documents, monitor inventory in electronic catalogues, or check account or shipping updates. This integration will enable an e-business to respond quickly, intelligently and flexibly to customer demands and changing market conditions.

The software supports a wide variety of platforms including Linux, the
open-source operating system popular with midmarket companies, IBM iSeries eServer, whose predominant customer base is mid-sized companies, and Windows.

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