NEW YORK, CEBIT AMERICA,—JUNE 19, 2003—HP (NYSE:HPQ) and NetLedger, Inc., maker of Oracle® Small Business Suite,(1) today announced they are working together to offer complete technology solutions — from hardware to online business management applications—targeted at small-to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
The effort will enable SMBs to manage their entire business using HP products and NetLedger's NetSuite™, one of the most widely used front- and back-office business management software applications.
To promote the benefits of the companies' alliance, NetLedger and HP are hosting a luncheon here where they will perform a wireless technology demonstration of NetLedger's software applications on an HP Compaq Business Notebook nx7000 and a Compaq Tablet PC.
The initiative is scheduled to begin this month in the United States, home to more than 7 million SMBs, where HP and NetLedger will offer complete service, support and solutions that help small businesses increase productivity and efficiency while reducing IT costs.
"SMB customers are demanding simple, worry-free and affordable technology solutions that allow them to manage their business and focus on serving their customers," said Robyn West, vice president of small and medium business, Americas, HP Personal Systems Group. "The synergies created through our work with NetLedger will allow HP to deliver integrated solutions that help businesses with limited or no IT support staff get more value from their IT investments."
HP and NetLedger will market hardware and software solutions to customers through multiple channels, including solution providers. Current NetSuite and Oracle SMB solution providers will be offered the opportunity to participate in the HP agent program. HP resellers will be offered enrolment in NetLedger's solution provider program. Also, NetLedger will offer leasing and financing solutions to current and new customers through HP Financial Services as the designated leasing agent.
"Our partnership with HP is unprecedented in the fact that this will be the first such agreement we have entered into with any IT hardware provider," said Zach Nelson, president and chief executive officer, NetLedger, Inc. "This alliance will greatly streamline acquisition of turnkey solutions and will offer small businesses a predictable and reliable way to purchase integrated solutions for their company."
Pay-as-you-go ServicesDelivered as online services, NetLedger applications start at approximately $50 per user per month and enable companies to manage all key business processes in a single, integrated system. There are no large, upfront license fees, no maintenance fees associated with hardware or software, and no complex set ups.
Leveraging a pay-as-you-go services model, NetLedger and HP will be able to deliver integrated hardware and online application software that can be used to manage key aspects of an SMB's entire operation—accounting, payroll, sales and customer support, order processing, inventory management, Web site and Web-store creation and hosting.
Under the proposed agreement, these base operations would run on industry-standard HP ProLiant servers to perform provisioning tasks in NetLedger's data centre loaded with NetSuite.
Since NetLedger's first online application launch in 1999, the company has become the leading provider of integrated online enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management application services for small—and medium-sized businesses.
For more information about HP and NetLedger's solutions please visit www.netsuite.com.au/hp.
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