NetSuite, IBM Partner to Integrate their Cloud Solutions
May 06, 2010
By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor
According to company sources IBM's recent acquisition of Cast Iron Systems is behind the partnership between NetSuite (News - Alert) and IBM. Cast Iron Systems allows customers to connect on-premise applications and business processes to Software-as-a-Service or SaaS applications like NetSuite and NetSuite OneWorld.
NetSuite OneWorld is a cloud-based solution that enables real-time global business management and financial consolidation for businesses with multinational and multi-subsidiary operations, said NetSuite sources.
The Cast Iron Systems solution provides a complete platform to integrate cloud and on-premise applications. The company has delivered thousands of cloud integrations around the world. The NetSuite OneWorld and the Cast Iron Systems solution enable customers to leverage NetSuite's leading cloud applications to manage multinational, multi-subsidiary business operations in real-time.
Also users can then integrate up division-level transaction and summary data to their corporate-level SAP (News - Alert) or Oracle enterprise resource planning or ERP system. This gives an enterprise-wide view of business operations. The Cast Iron Systems solution helps connect NetSuite to several other on-premises software systems, confirmed official sources.
"With the growth of Software as a Service, companies have an increasing need to integrate data and business processes across on-premise and cloud systems, both within and beyond the enterprise," said Dr. Angel Luis Diaz, vice president, BPM and connectivity, IBM.
"IBM and NetSuite share a vision to provide customers with simplified solutions that optimize the cloud and give both the line of business and IT workers fast access to the information and processes they need to meet business goals," Luis Diaz added.
Glenn Griffin, vice president of business development at NetSuite emphasized that his company was committed to bringing the power of cloud computing to mid-market enterprises and divisions of large companies. This partnership with IBM will enable enterprise customers to deploy a powerful cloud computing ERP application that integrates readily with their on-premises systems he said.
Cast Iron Systems offers clients a complete platform to integrate cloud applications with on-premise applications, such as ERP solutions from SAP and Oracle (News - Alert). The company's pre-built templates and services expertise eliminates the need for custom coding resulting in faster cloud integrations. This is made possible by employing a physical appliance, a virtual appliance or a cloud service.
Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Patrick Barnard