IBM has recently reenergized its incursion into the mid-market gold rush with a new program carrying the 'Express' brand, which targets companies with less than 1,000 employees with a bundle of hardware, software infrastructure, professional services, and financing. IBM hopes to ride on the mid-market forays of a plethora of its enterprise application partner providers, while also providing some real alternative for Microsoft at the low end of the application market.
WebSphere Application Server Express, DB2 Express, and WebSphere Portal Express. DB2 Express for example is priced at $499 for a base server package, with an additional licensing cost of $99 per user, and installs in 15 minutes. Thousands of IBM Business Partners are already working to deliver Express-based solutions, such as Texas-based Ascendant Technology, which built a solution for the Plastic Surgery Center of Hampton Roads, VA using IBM WebSphere Portal Express, WebSphere Application Server Express