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IBM and MRO form strategic alliance

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IBM and MRO Software have announced a strategic alliance that will enable customers to realise increased returns on existing and planned enterprise asset investments.

The two companies will jointly market and sell e-business solutions that address Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) business needs on a global basis.

According to the agreement, IBM and MRO Software will initially target companies in the energy and utilities and public sector markets, followed by other industries.

These solutions will be co-marketed and sold based on IBM platforms and implemented cooperatively with IBM Global Services.

Technologies supported in the agreement include IBM's WebSphere Internet infrastructure software, the IBM eServer (pSeries and xSeries) hardware platform, AIX operating system and DB2 Data Management software along with MRO Software's industry leading asset management solution, MAXIMO.

MRO Software will bundle WebSphere with its MAXIMO asset management software.

IBM will provide consulting, customisation and integration services for joint IBM and MRO Software opportunities.

A major goal of the IBM-MRO Software alliance is to combine the expertise and technical depth of the two companies to focus on a range of customer enterprise asset management needs.

Customers will benefit from improved production reliability, labour efficiency and material optimisation.


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