Singapore, 10 April 2000 - IBM and WizOffice.com, a Singapore-based
business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce company, today announced a
collaboration to deliver a one-stop suite of e-business solutions
to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the Asia-Pacific
Both parties will collaborate to develop standardized e-business
platforms using IBM hardware, software and services in WizOffice
markets. With this latest tie-up, WizOffice will be able to offer
a bundle of complementary hardware and software solutions,
together with its own web-based services and applications.
Mr Raphael Tham, CEO of WizOffice said that the alliance
combined the practical business solutions of solutions of
WizOffice.com with the leadership and reliability of IBM.
"With 90,000 small and medium sized companies in
Singapore, and more than 11 million in the Asia Pacific region
where we are working to expand aggressively into this year, (Hong
Kong, Japan, Korea, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia), there are
a lot of companies we’d like to help.” added Mr Tham.
Both parties will also work together on joint marketing and
Another key area of collaboration is in the field of Linux
research and development. As technology partners, WizOffice will
have access to Linux technologies from eight IBM research
“With its open source code and reputation for stability,
Linux is increasingly becoming the operating system of choice for
industry-grade applications and mission-critical operations,”
commented Mr Tham.
"We will continue to explore new technologies to improve
value to our customers. We are excited to be working with IBM on
how Linux may be used as a robust and yet competitive platform
for our applications," added Mr Tham.
As an authorised IBM Business Partner, WizOffice will also
offer attractive Personal Computer promotions through its online
ordering system to help SMEs get on the Net.
WizOffice is a B2B e-commerce company which provides
businesses with a complete suite of Internet-based products,
services and solutions through the Internet.
Its products and services include: office supplies, e-commerce
consulting, auction and tender services, as well as other
services such as courier and employee recruitment. In the
pipeline are new web applications including accounting software