IBM and software vendor ACCPAC are running a joint campaign to promote a product bundle which will offer accounting software running on Linux.
Resellers are being offered free training by both companies to become authorised to jointly sell the bundle.
The offering will be made up of an IBM xSeries server, a DB2 database, the Linux operating system and ACCPAC's Advantage accounting software.
It will be available to ACCPAC and IBM resellers in 10 countries including the UK.
Keith Fenner, European general manager at ACCPAC, explained that the agreement goes further than the company's normal relationship with database vendors.
"ACCPAC and IBM are engaging in marketing activities to promote the bundle," he said.
"ACCPAC resellers can get free training through IBM's 'you pass we pay' programme, and if any IBM partners wish to sell our software they can become a partner free of charge."
IBM's scheme works by refunding resellers that pass training programmes to sell its products.
ACCPAC reseller Sabis Consulting has already signed up to sell the bundle. Julie Bruce, director, explained that the campaign offers the company entry into a new product range and presents a good sales opportunity.
"It enables us to deliver the ACCPAC Advantage Series financials on the IBM Linux platform into the UK and French marketplaces at a much lower entry cost," she said.
"The strong support structure of IBM makes it a very exciting campaign and we are looking forward to some very favourable results."
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