J.D. Edwards & Company, IBM to jointly develop and market specialized eServer and software

by Canadian Shipper

J.D. Edwards & Company and IBM have announced plans to develop and jointly market a specialized IBM eServer designed to run J.D. Edwards’ collaborative commerce software for small to medium businesses.

Optimized for J.D. Edwards’ OneWorld collaborative commerce and supply chain management applications, the IBM eServer for J.D. Edwards is the only server co-branded with an independent software vendor.

The solution is tailor-made for small- and mid-sized businesses looking for ways to effectively manage and reduce the complexity of their e-business infrastructures. As part of the strategic alliance between the two companies, the IBM eServer for J.D. Edwards will be jointly marketed worldwide through IBM Business Partners, J.D. Edwards’ direct sales force, and J.D. Edwards’ business partner network.

“This bold step by IBM and J.D. Edwards moves our global alliance to a new level of collaboration and cooperation. The IBM eServer for J.D. Edwards supports our goal to deliver leading collaborative solutions to mid-sized businesses. It provides customers a lower total cost of ownership and simple integration, and access to technology previously available only to larger companies,” said Hank Bonde, chief operating officer, J.D. Edwards.

Bonde added that both J.D. Edwards and IBM are working jointly to configure additional models of the IBM eServer for J.D. Edwards to address the further needs of mid-enterprise customers.

The IBM eServer for J.D. Edwards will be pre-configured to run HTML, Java or Linux. In addition, as an IBM eServer this specialized offering shares performance on a single IBM eServer iSeries system. Also, the IBM eServer recent benchmark running J.D. Edwards’ OneWorld Xe applications. General availability is expected sometime during the third quarter 2001.

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