IBM released the Small Business Suite for Windows NT last week, as part of the firm's long-running Ebusiness inititiative.
The suite integrates IBM's DB2 Universal Database with Lotus Domino to offer Email, calendaring and scheduling services along with information storage and management. In addition, the company is bundling WinPort and FaxPort from LanSource Technologies to provide fax services and modem pooling. Also included is a set of application templates for office management tasks, such as directory creation, online discussions and document management.
Adam Jollans, NT software marketing manager for IBM, said: "We are targeting price points that will appeal to small businesses with up to 100 users.
The suite will be marketed through our business partners' who will offer value-added services to integrate the system to fit the customer's requirements."
The package is priced at #316 per server and #63 per user, but discounted packs of five- and 10-user licences are available, at a price of #298 and #570 respectively. IBM will also supply Lotus SmartSuite Millennium Edition to each registered user for an additional #32 on the single user price or #145 and #284 for the multiple licence packs.
To help third parties configure clients and servers across a company, IBM has developed the Integrated Installation Pack (IIP) for the Small Business Suite, including the third-party elements. Jollans commented: "The IIP is so well-tuned to the suite that it actually installs Domino faster than by using the normal install routine - 30 minutes or so rather than a couple of hours. We will also be doing briefing roadshows to show systems integrators the benefits of the whole package."
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