IBM Program Targets Developers for SMBs

IBM announced new program focused on ISVs that target the SMB market and new licensing program for SMB developers.

NEW ORLEANS—IBM Thursday announced a series of new technologies, tools, and educational and marketing programs for developers, including new initiatives to help ISVs develop business applications running on IBMs middleware.

At its developerWorks Live! Conference here, IBM announced its ISV Advantage Initiative program.

Focused on ISVs that target the small to medium-size business (SMB) market, the program will carry with it the proven capabilities of IBMs support arm as well as IBMs mid-market-focused IBM Express middleware IBM eServer hardware systems.

At the show, IBM announced three partners to join the program: Intuit Eclipse, Distribution Management Solutions, a division of Intuit, Inc.; daly.commerce; and VAI, or Vormittag Associates Inc.

IBM also introduced a new Linux solution, called Integrated Platform Express, which features a bundle including IBMs WebSphere Express and DB2 Express running on an Intel-based IBM eServer xSeries machine.

Also at the show, IBM previewed an Express Runtime to help developers create applications, and the company announced a new alphaWorks licensing program where SMB developers can acquire emerging technologies from IBM Research for less than $100.