PC giant Compaq and Dutch business software house Baan are joining forces to take a bite out of each others' markets.
The non-exclusive deal centres on the creation of Enterprise Business Solutions. This is a product bundle that should reduce implementation time for Baan IV, the Dutch supplier's business management software application, by offering it pre-installed on Compaq machines. Dave Rodgers, vice president of Compaq's database and business application unit, claims it will chop implementation time in half.
The alliance will strengthen Compaq's bid to be recognised as a supplier to the enterprise - Baan's key market - and in turn help Baan to broaden its appeal to Compaq's medium sized server customers.
In addition to Baan IV, the integrated package also includes a pre-installed relational database - either Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle - and the Compaq Server. This ?breaks new ground? according to Rodgers.
?The software will be available at a very attractive price point and because the bundles arrive pre-packaged and pre-tested, they reduce the complexity and risk associated with integrating complex systems, and in turn shorten the implementation time," he added.
Following the US launch, the bundle should be released in Europe in Q3, depending on its American success.
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