IBM, Vignette to offer one-stop e-business package

Further strengthening their partnership, IBM Corp. and software maker Vignette Corp. said Monday that they're jointly offering companies an e-business package that can decrease the implementation time and cost of moving businesses onto the Web.

The package, called Blue Pack, combines hardware and software from IBM and content management software from Austin, Texas-based Vignette, the companies said in a statement.

Available immediately, Blue Pack allows companies to purchase the hardware and applications from a single vendor, eliminating the need for businesses to deal with as many as five different vendors to build out a complete e-business infrastructure.

"Blue Pack demonstrates how the joint IBM and Vignette offering provides greater value to customers building or expanding e-business solutions," Per Larsen, vice president for eServer Solutions at IBM, said in the statement. "IBM and Vignette have packaged the key components to deliver a complete e-business infrastructure for rapid deployment of Vignette solutions at a lower cost of ownership."

Both IBM and Vignette will sell the e-business solution, which is offered in two prebundled packages -- one for small to medium-size Web sites and another for more advanced, robust, high-volume sites.

The package includes IBM's eServer pSeries running Vignette's Content Suite V6 software, IBM middleware -- including WebSphere application server -- and DB2 Universal Database Enterprise Edition.

"In a single integrated package, Blue Pack delivers hardware, software, services and financing -- all the things customers tell us they need to build and maintain a secure e-business," Larsen said. "It's a total solution designed and priced specifically to fit individual business requirements."

The announcement of Blue Pack builds on the strategic alliance formed by the two companies last year, said Alicia Quinn Sankar, a Vignette spokeswoman. "Our customers have told us they are looking for a best-of-breed solution," she said.

Working with IBM allows Vignette to deliver results more quickly and at a lower price, she said.

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