As the ink dries on HP's acquisition of Mercury Interactive, IBM has unveiled new "migration programmes" to tempt users of Mercury and HP OpenView systems management software to defect to its rival offerings.
Big Blue promised 25 per cent discounts to HP clients switching to selected Rational and Tivoli software.
The migration programmes allow IBM Business Partners to extend discounts of up to 25 per cent on licence fees when migrating customers from Mercury software to IBM.
IBM will also offer clients a 25 per cent discount when they move from HP's applications to IBM's.
Al Zollar, general manager of Tivoli Software at IBM, promised to make the transition "non-disruptive".
Today's system management promotion builds on long established efforts by IBM to poach HP server and storage customers.
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