Resellers can now offer a hosted service based on the latest version of IBM’s content management software for small and medium businesses.
IBM is already plugging Version 8.3 of its DB2 Content Manager Standard Edition suite as the most affordable to date, but allowing channel partners to implement it on an application service provider (ASP) model makes the package even more accessible to smaller organisations, says Duncan Richards, business development manager of IBM’s software group.
“Really small organisations now don’t have to buy the infrastructure themselves, they can go to one of our resellers who can manage it for them,” he says.
With pricing up to 50% lower than previous versions, Version 8.3 provides resellers with a content management offering that is priced to suit the local market, says Richards.
The software is designed for IBM eServer iSeries customers and enables them to create a single, open content repository for the creation, management and distribution of all forms of content.
“This is a repository for storing all your unstructured data — emails, faxes, documents, PDFs. It allows organisations to manage that information much as they used to manage structured data in databases,” says Richards.
With the software, resellers can deliver records management, document management and email management solutions, he says.
A further benefit to ASPs is that they can manage a number of sites off a single copy of the software, says Richards.
“They can have lots of different businesses maintained virtually. It is very easy for the reseller to administer — they don’t need a copy for every business they support.”
The package will also appeal to government agencies as it would help them comply with the Public Records Act passed last year, says Richards.
“Government agencies now have to progress to a model where they can keep accurate records, and need to comply with the act by 2008.”