IT Channel News Briefs, Feb. 5

Today's headlines: SAP sweetens suite; IBM blesses green partners

SAP sweetens software suite

SAP AG enhanced and extended its software suite with the release of Business Suite 7 on Wednesday.

Customers running ERP 6.0 and the newest releases of CRM, SCM, SRM and PLM software can now bypass traditional upgrades, and download only the new modules they want at that time, according to SearchSAP.com. Prior to the release of Business Suite 7, enhancement packages were only available for ERP 6.0 customers.

"It is the first time ever we have a synchronized release across all of the modules," said SAP Co-CEO Leo Apotheker on Wednesday during a Web conference. "We are going to give upgrades the kiss of death."

IBM validates green partner efforts

IBM now has a validation program that blesses business partner offerings that are designed and proven to save energy or that have other environmental benefits. The company created the new "Ready for IBM Energy & Environment" technical validation label to help IBM business partners market and sell solutions that have demonstrated an ability to reduce environmental impact based on real-world customer use, IBM said on Thursday. The program is available to nearly 100,000 business partners, but targets those that develop software, hardware or services solutions using IBM technology or services. The business partner offerings must demonstrate customer-documented and measurable sustainability benefits to the environment.

HP launches zero-percent financing

This week, Hewlett-Packard Co. launched a zero-percent financing promotion to make it affordable for small businesses in the U.S. to finance $1,500 to $150,000 worth of HP products.

Offered by HP Financial Services, the zero-percent, 12-month promotion plan allows small businesses to invest in new technology while managing cash flow. At the end of the term, the equipment can be purchased for one dollar. The zero-percent, 36-month lease offer provides a fair market value purchase option at the end of the lease term. The promotions are available through April 30, 2009, in the U.S. and Canada.

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