Compaq and Siebel expand alliance

Compaq Computer and Siebel Systems took aim Monday at small and mid-sized businesses when the vendors announced they will team on hardware and software for that market.

The two companies said they plan to unite Compaq's ProLiant server with Siebel's eBusiness 2000 Midmarket Edition application software. Starting in November, a select group of channel partners will have access to this combined product, designed to help out small and medium-sized businesses.

Siebel's e-business suite helps users join technologies for Web sites, call centres, field sales and service organisations. With this software running on Compaq's server, the companies claim the system could support up to 200 users.

Compaq will look to its Enhanced Agent Program to find resellers qualified to deliver the system, and Siebel will likewise turn to its list of 'Consulting Partners' in order to ensure the systems run as hoped. The two companies said they will find partners with the necessary training in selling, configuring and implementing this joint technology in order to drive the project's desired success.

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