IBM and Novell are continuing their attempts to pentrate the small business marketplace and as a result, launched new reseller-oriented products at the Comdex show in Las Vegas this week.
Big Blue introduced the cut-price Small Business Suite for Windows NT, pitching it as ?everything small and growing businesses running on the Windows NT platform need to transform their companies into small businesses?.
The supplier believes the time is right for a full frontal assault on the small and medium-sized business market, and is using ebusiness as its battle cry.
Its new suite is based around the DB2 Universal Database and Lotus Domino groupware offering and costs under $500. It includes email, calendaring and scheduling capabilities, fax and modem pooling services, application templates for office directories, on-line discussion technology and a document management package.
The client side of the bundle comprises Lotus Notes Desktop, DB2 Universal Database and Netscape Navigator , which costs under $100 for access to one Point of Presence and licenses include support for up to 100 users.
IBM is pumping ?tens of millions of dollars? into a worldwide marketing programme based around the product, and will introduce TV advertising campaigns and roadshows under the ?ebusiness for small business? banner, in a bid to boost end user awareness.
It is also attempting to woo resellers and ISVs to build services and one-stop applications around the offering and is investing in channel support, with staff numbers expected to increase from 125 to 225 over the next year. A recently introduced call centre channel support team will grow from 150 people to 250 people.
Novell, on the other hand, launched version 4.2 of its Netware for Small Business suite, which is based on Netware 4.0. This can now be licensed for up to 50 users rather than the former 25 and will come bundled with version 6.0 of Intuit?s QuickPro Books accounting package for the first time.
Other new software includes Tobit?s Faxware, which provides inbound and outbound faxing from each workstation, Network Associates? Netshield and Virus Scan packages, and NetObject?s Fusion Web authoring tools to enable users to design their own sites.
Novell has now integrated its Zenworks client management sofware with its Managewise package for looking after OS/2 and Mac-based machines and will charge $59 per seat for the bundle or $39 for each separate product.
Distributors TechData and Ingram Micro are now shipping the suite in the US. It costs $1,595 new or $1,095 to upgrade if bundled with QuickPro Books, but only $1,295 for a five user license version without QuickPro.
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