Stepping up efforts to tackle the large but fragmented midmarket, SAP has teamed with IBM to leverage its partner channel network serving small and medium-size businesses (SMBs), the companies announced Wednesday.
Under the agreement announced at the Sapphire customer event in Orlando, IBM and its channel partners will sell SAP’s All-in-One software package to SMBs in the United States. The Global Business Services arm of IBM will serve as a reseller, with the group’s channel partners eligible to earn a fee for referring opportunities to SAP and the company’s other All-in-One partner.
The channel announcement underscores SAP’s determination to tap the huge U.S. midmarket in which rivals Oracle, Microsoft and others are battling for market share.
All-in-One is a slimmed down version of mySAP Business Suite, which includes ERP, CRM and several other core SAP applications.
As part of the IBM announcement, SAP will bundle its All-in-One midmarket software with IBM’s upcoming release of its DB2 database, currently code-named Viper, according to SAP spokesman Bill Wohl.
Last week in the run-up to Sapphire, SAP designated Viper the preferred database for midsize users of its business applications.
IBM has still to announce a formal product name or shipping date for Viper, which is expected out within a few months. SAP didn’t disclose any pricing details for the All-in-One, Viper bundle.
Sapphire runs through Thursday.
-John Blau, IDG News Service
(China Martens, also of the IDG News Service, contributed to this story.)
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