Microsoft and NCR announced a joint development and marketing contract yesterday, covering ecommerce solutions and data warehouisng, in a fresh offensive on the financial and retail markets.
The core of the deal will see NCR - best known these days for its data warehousing solutions in the retail sector - move its Teradata database to run with Microsoft?s NT and SQL Server, and away from Sun?s Unix operating system.
Hoping to capitalise on NCR?s strength in retail, finance and telecomms, the two companies will co-market Microsoft applications such as Site Server 3.0 and Internet Information Server. They will also develop a new Internet server and Web commerce platform, based on Microsoft?s Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition.
A spokesman for NCR said: ?Moving our Teradata database away from Unix to NT gives us a much wider availability. We?ve had designs on ecommerce for a while now and partnering with Microsoft gives us a huge bargaining chip.?
However, he added that NCR will face fierce competition from companies like IBM and HP in a still embryonic market.
But David Alschuler, head of electronic research for Aberdeen Group, was more sceptical. ?The combination of Microsoft?s market leverage and NCR?s strength in retail will result in a better price/performance for customers but I?m not sure how much is new here. It could just be another joint pat on the back.?
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