IBM Global Services is expected today to announce its entry into the UK applications hosting market.
As recently as two months ago, the vendor had no plans for such a rental service in the UK. Kathy Dodswroth-Rugani, IBM's rental applications director, said then that none of IBM's 50 pilots worldwide was taking place in the UK and that while IBM was setting up hosting operations elsewhere in Europe, there were "no immediate plans for the UK" (PC Week, 30 March).
But IBM is expected to announce today that it will offer customers the JD Edwards OneWorld enterprise resource planning application as a rental service, paid per transaction.
Sources at JD Edwards said IBM insisted that details of any such deal would have to remain confidential until today.
IBM Global Services told PC Week in December that the applications rental market in the UK lagged behind that of other countries, such as the US, largely because of the price of telecommunications.
But the vendor now appears to have changed its mind on the potential of the UK market. "This market has exploded a lot faster than anyone expected: the UK will catch up with the US fast," said Nicole France, of the Gartner Group.
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