IBM and German software company SAP AG plan to roll out their first jointly developed software product in March, the two companies said on Monday.
The software -- called Alloy -- combines IBM Lotus Notes
software with SAP Business Suite and will be sold by both
companies, SAP said.
"In today's challenging business
environment, companies need to identify and respond to
operational changes more quickly," said Bob Picciano,
general manager, IBM Lotus Software. "Tools that provide
business people with seamless access to expertise,
processes and information streamline work and improve
productivity. Alloy by IBM and SAP is designed to help
individuals and companies work more efficiently to
produce better business outcomes."
Alloy supports SAP workflows, reporting and analytics,
and the use of roles from within the Lotus Notes client.
The product ships with a set of standard workflows and
reports. These standard elements may be customized using
standard Lotus Domino and SAP tools. IBM Global Business
Services, SAP practitioners, Lotus Domino Business
Partners and other global and regional systems
integrators will be available to customize Alloy.
IBM Lotus and SAP have thousands of mutual customers who
have been asking for the functionality that Alloy
software will provide, SAP said, adding that the majority
of IBM's top 100 customers also use SAP offerings.
The two companies gave no details on the price of the
software or the development costs. The initial release
will be sold by both companies.