IBM and Caldera Team to Boost the Growing Number of Enterprise-Ready Linux Applications

LONDON, UK - Sept. 18, 2001 - IBM announced today a joint UK initiative with Caldera, one of IBM’s key Linux distributors, to promote the benefits of developing, porting and enabling applications on Linux to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). With over 2,400 enterprise-level applications for Linux currently listed in IBM's Global Solutions Directory - this initiative, the first of many with IBM’s key Linux distributors, is clearly aimed at boosting this figure.

IBM and Caldera will today jointly address an audience of over 150 developers in London at IBM’s Bedfont Lakes location; invited from both Caldera’s and IBM’s ISV strong-hold, to demonstrate the benefits to developers for creating enterprise-level Linux applications in a growing Linux marketplace and broaden their business opportunities.


“This joint initiative will give many ISVs an early start on developing enterprise-ready applications that businesses are demanding. Linux has proven its reliability and stability - with more and more enterprise customers coming on board ISVs just can’t afford to lose out on the rewards that Linux can bring,” said Carol Stafford, IBM VP eServer Sales EMEA.

At the event IBM will discuss its Linux support and facilities available to developers at the EMEA Solution Partnership Centres in Hursley (UK), Paris (France), Stuttgart (Germany) and Warsaw (Poland). Here ISVs have access to Linux experts and the opportunity to develop, port and enable their applications using IBM technologies. Developers can also take advantage of Linux education seminars leading to certification and obtain advice on sales tactics and co-marketing solutions. Once an application is certified by IBM’s Global Solutions Directory it will be shared with IBM’s Global Business Partner network called PartnerWorld. At regular intervals IBM will invite ISVs and Business Partners to meet and discuss applications availability at events called Business Partner Connections.

Caldera will take the opportunity to present their business focused Linux strategy, and to inform developers of the industry momentum towards developing to a Linux Standards Base (LSB) environment. This will allow developers to move between Linux environments, without being locked into a specific vendor. Attendees will also learn how Caldera Support and Professional Services can assist developers in porting their applications to the Linux platform, and the benefits of the expanding Caldera Developer Network.

“With IBM’s support and Caldera's experience in Linux based business solutions, this initiative can only be described as a win-win situation for developers,” said Chris Flynn, VP EMEA, Caldera.

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