IBM is boosting its supply chain management offerings, with a range of marketing programmes, services and third party products in a bid to capture a larger share of this growing market.
IBM announced its new initiatives at the Global Supply Chain Conference it is hosting this week in Orlando, Florida. Over 2,000 delegates from user companies, suppliers and IBM business partners are attending.
To boost its services capabilities in the supply chain sector, IBM is creating a specialist Supply Chain Services Practice that will offer consultancy and services for applications from third party suppliers, including Manugistics, Synquest, I2 and Numetrix. Initially employing 80 consultants, IBM expects this to double in the next year.
Other initiatives include preloaded applications suites on IBM?s RS/6000 and AS/400 platform, from suppliers including Oracle, Lilly Software and Acacia Technologies. IBM is also offering the Oracle 8 Server database on its smaller RS/6000 systems.
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