Siebel Systems to Add AS/400 Support to eBusiness 2000 Applications

Siebel Systems Inc. (San Mateo, Calif.), a global provider of e-business applications, recently announced support for the AS/400e server platform for its Siebel eBusiness 2000 Applications with the stated goal that AS/400 users will be able to leverage a single source of customer information to enhance sales and service across multiple channels, including the Web, call centers, field, resellers, retail and dealer networks. Availability is expected before the end of the calendar year. By tailoring sales and service offerings to meet the unique needs of each customer, these organizations can shift from a process-centric approach to e-business to one focused on building stronger customer relationships.

IBM and Siebel Systems are also working jointly to provide customers with a smooth migration path to AS/400-based solutions. Siebel Systems will utilize the AS/400e Integrated Netfinity Server for the application server and IBM's DB2 for the database server, allowing organizations to deploy Siebel's eBusiness Applications today on IBM's DB2 Universal Database for NT and then migrate to IBM's Universal Database for AS/400 when the AS/400 versions of Siebel eBusiness Applications become available. In conjunction with this joint development, IBM and Siebel Systems have committed to an AS/400-specific worldwide joint marketing and collaborative selling initiative.

"The addition of Siebel eBusiness Applications significantly enhances the core applications for sales, marketing, and customer service available on the AS/400," says Tom Jarosh, general manager, IBM Mid-Market Servers. "Today's AS/400 servers include innovative IBM silicon-on-insulator technology that significantly enhances performance. The combination of this advanced hardware with industry-leading Siebel eBusiness Applications provides dramatically expanded support for customer-focused solutions, along with exceptional cost-performance."

"The AS/400 has the highest availability, scalability and integrated security of any midmarket business server, enabling it to meet the critical business needs of IBM's e-business customers," adds David Schmaier, Siebel's senior VP, Products. "With this announcement, we extend our successful alliance with IBM to become the premier e-business solutions provider to the AS/400 customer base."

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