October 7, 2008

Healy Hudson and IBM Sign SaaS Contract

Healy Hudson, a provider of electronic procurement solutions, and IBM have signed a five-year, E5 million software-as-a-service contract.

As part of the agreement, IBM will support Healy Hudson's e-placing solution Deutsche eVergabe, which is an electronic tendering procedure that addresses public service clients. IBM business partner, Fritz & Macziol, will help distribute the solution.

As a result, customers of Deutsche eVergabe can upload their tenders and interested suppliers can answer electronically. The whole process is completely web-based, which means that no media disruption is necessary, said IBM.

IBM will operate Healy Hudson's servers from an IBM data center and take care of the administration of its middleware-software. Utilizing the on-demand model, Healy Hudson will only pay for the resources it consumes. The contract was signed in June 2008.

Haydar Celik, strategic outsourcing business partner manager at IBM Germany, said: "The advantage of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model is flexibility, especially for small and medium-sized businesses. We believe in the concepts and solutions of our SaaS partners. That's why we support them beyond technology, so that success is achieved quickly."