According to independent software vendors (ISVs) working with IBM Corp. to win business in the small to midsize business (SMB) space, the concept of e-business On Demand means integrating an entire enterprise operation to deliver a business solution.
At the IBM developerWorks Live! conference here Friday, a panel of ISVs spoke to why they have signed on with IBM to pursue the companys e-business on demand strategy as part of the solutions they provide their customers.
John Benders, director of infrastructure solutions at Mincom Ltd., Brisbane, Australia, said, "On demand for us means how does an extended enterprise share information? Collaboration is the word. Its all about collaboration. There has to be a lot more collaboration of information."
Lars Wettergren, director of Intentia International ABs Monex Platform Competence Center in Danderyd, Sweden, said the industry has gone from batch computing to client server to the Web. "Whats next? Utilizing technology means sharing data and sharing resources. It doesnt stop with data."
Steve Maegdlin, vice president of product and industry development at J.D. Edwards & Co., Denver, said in his view software always has been on demand. However, "IBMs model and vision for this is really important," he said. "When we deploy software we deploy everything the customer needs and let them just turn it on."