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IBM, AT&T Team On Ready-to-Run Collaboration For SMBs

IBM and AT&T said they will team up on a packaged collaboration solution based on IBM's upcoming Workplace Services Express 2.5 and AT&T's Managed Internet Services running on an IBM xSeries eServer.

Workplace Services Express 2.5 is due out in June.

Both companies tout the offering as an "out-of-the-box collaboration solution" with integrated portal and high-speed Internet access.

Developers would like the package because it gets around "the infrastructure issue," said one Midwestern software partner who specializes in collaboration and mail. It will give them all they need to set up quick and easy collaboration, he said.

At the PartnerWorld conference in Las Vegas, IBM also took the wraps off new Workplace solutions, including one for health-care clinicians and one for retail operations. The new solutions are based on the same Workplace Services Express 2.5 infrastructure. IBM executives characterize the solutions as sets of blueprints that VARs and ISVs can leverage to build custom applications. Before the new offerings were added, IBM had 18 Workplace solutions.

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