IBM and Intel Corp. Wednesday collaborated to support independent software
vendors (ISVs) who want to migrate to an ASP business model.
Further, the two companies are mutually developing Web-hosted
applications that support the migration of ISV applications running on IBM
eServer xSeries platforms, which are based on Intel architecture.
The relationship is a natural fit, according to John Davies, vice
president, Intel Architecture Solutions Channels Group. “This will benefit
the 25 million small- and medium-size businesses around the world that want
an efficient business model,” he said. “The scope of this relationship is to
expand server equipment, staff and resources around the Intel architecture ”
“Many of our ISVs are ready to take their existing applications to the
Web,” he added. “The success and leadership of Intel Architecture solutions
in the Internet economy combined with IBM’s ASP Prime program will provide
significant value to the ISV community.”
As part of the plan, Intel and IBM are concentrating on extending the
capacity of IBM’s existing ASP Prime program, allowing more ISVs to receive
business and technical assistance to move their applications to the Internet
IBM’s ASP Prime program provides ISVs with the technical as well as
business support they need to successfully migrate to the ASP business
model. ASP Prime gives software developers access to highly skilled
technical consulting at solution centers located throughout the world. The
centers dually offer a selection of software, hardware, and tools to help
ISVs ready their Web applications for hosting environments.
The announcement was made by Davies and Peter O’Sullivan, vice president
of marketing, IBM Global Net Generation Business. Recruitment of ISVs and
other activities under this collaboration will begin immediately while
expansion of the ten current ASP Prime Solutions Centers and equipment will
commence in 2001.