SA Global, a global provider of enterprise business software and services, announced that it is teaming with IBM to deliver an end-to-end software and hardware solution to help small to medium-sized manufacturers deploy a proven enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution delivered on a service-oriented architecture (SOA).

The solution features SSA ERP(LN), SSA Global's flagship enterprise resource planning solution, pre-loaded and integrated on an IBM AMD Opteron processor-based BladeCenter Linux platform. The bundled solution also includes SSA Integration for connectivity to SSA ERP(LN), IBM WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus, IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM DB2 and the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell.

By adopting a service-oriented architecture, SMBs can enhance their overall business agility. Through leveraging the emergence of Web services and industry-wide standards, customers can get more value from their software investments and realize greater IT flexibility. The bundled solution has been designed to serve the long-term needs of SMBs by providing an SOA foundation that can be easily scaled up as their business and IT needs change.

SSA ERP(LN) is based on SSA Open Architecture, a state-of-the-art, open standards technology architecture that enables customers to take an evolutionary and ROI-based strategy towards adopting the SOA paradigm. SSA ERP(LN) has been designed to offer the functionality critical to the success of order-driven, project-based discrete hybrid manufacturers.

The solution, SSA ERP(LN) pre-loaded on the IBM BladeCenter, is available in North America with plans to expand availability in other regions.

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