Quebec City, Canada (Aug. 26, 2003) -- Business software developer Accpac International is making its flagship accounting and enterprise software product, Advantage Series, available for sale by solution providers from hardware giant IBM.

Accpac announced the IBM relationship at its partners' conference here, where chief executive David Hood told WebCPA that he expects at least 100 IBM solution providers to be selling Advantage by year-end. Accpac now has about 1,600 reseller partners.

“It could be many more, but if it’s not at least 100, it’d be less than I expect,” Hood said. Accpac is making the product available to solution providers in IBM’s Start Now program, which provides midsized businesses with electronic business infrastructure systems.

Accpac’s alignment with IBM also has included its development of software applications that support IBM’s DB2 database, IBM Lotus Notes and that company’s eServer hardware, business exchange services, and its point of sale and kiosk systems. Also, both companies support Linux, the operating system alternative to Microsoft Corp.’s Windows.

“IBM is a very good partner,” Hood said.

-- John M. Covaleski

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