Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Partner or Competition?:IBM Helps Businesses, Consumers Weather the Storm With Cost Effective Software

"IBM is working with Xerox to align Lotus Foundations and Xerox's multi-function printing devices to empower Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Value Added Resellers(VARs) to better support small business customers.

'Xerox's Extensible Interface Platform (EIP) enables solutions to be built that manage documents and other digital content that flow to and from our multi-function printing (MFP) devices,' said Tom Durkin, director for corporate strategy, Xerox. 'With Lotus Foundations, IBM has a simple and secure platform that supports document solutions that involve encoded and image information and is ideal to simplify SMB business processes. Combine Foundations and EIP and you will have a complete collaboration infrastructure in which solutions can be prototyped, developed and deployed quickly and easily to the SMB market.'"
Sounds good, but... how does this work with IBM and Infoprint? Are we going to get the clicks while Infoprint gets the transpromo?

Also, Google has 1,000,000 Google Aps users. Most of them small business. Plus they just got the Washington DC government to choose Google Aps instead of Microsoft. The price Google charges is $50/seat per year.

Do we have a plan to integrate our printers into Google's cloud?

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