SOURCE: PCMS

July 21, 2005 11:36 ET

PCMS Chooses IBM as a Preferred Technology Partner to Help Deliver on Demand Solutions to Meet Retail Industry Customer Needs

Joins IBM PartnerWorld Industry Networks

CINCINNATI, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 21, 2005 -- PCMS today announced it has achieved industry optimized in IBM's PartnerWorld Industry Networks. PCMS can now take advantage of IBM's sales, marketing and technical expertise to develop and deliver on demand solutions that meet customer requirements in the retail industry.

PCMS, an IBM Premier business partner, provides integrated software and services to several sectors including optical, general retail, specialty and hospitality arenas. The organization helps customers who are seeking solutions to better integrate processes and applications internally and externally, while allowing them to respond quickly to changing market opportunities on demand.

Vision BeanStore, PCMS's signature Java POS solution, is open and flexible, with multi-channel functionality. It is accepted globally, and proven on IBM's Linux platform and retail framework.

"PCMS has large customers running Vision BeanStore point-of-sale on IBM's solution set and Linux; therefore, it makes perfect sense for us to offer that kind of on-demand technology, internationally," said Chris Belk, president and CEO of PCMS international operations. "PCMS and IBM continue to work closely together to strengthen the market position of both enterprises."

PCMS has also achieved IBM Ready for Store Integration Framework (SIF) Validation. IBM Ready for SIF Business Partners has completed technical validation for their store application running on IBM's open standards-based middleware.

"We are pleased that PCMS has joined PartnerWorld Industry Networks and is committed to IBM as a partner of choice," said Buell Duncan, general manager, ISV & Developer Relations, IBM. "IBM recognizes the value PCMS brings to the retail industry, and we are dedicated to working together to develop open solutions that best serve our customers."

The IBM PartnerWorld Industry Networks provide ISVs with comprehensive business insight, technical resources, networking opportunities, and marketing and sales support designed to help them reach more customers and close deals faster. Participants in the PartnerWorld Industry Networks can team with IBM to bring on demand solutions to market more easily and to ensure these solutions meet specific industry needs, reflecting how customers buy technology today. ISVs who have attained one or more Industry Optimized competences have successfully integrated with on demand IBM infrastructure software and hardware and demonstrated success with customers in the industries they note.

ISVs can sign up for PartnerWorld Industry Networks at www.ibm.com/isv.

About PCMS:

PCMS with headquarters in Coventry England, provides products and services to retailers globally. Their Vision Portfolio of Store Solutions helps customers reduce costs, drive productivity, and realize a significant competitive advantage. PCMS has installs in over eight countries with offices in North America, Italy, Japan, Germany, France and Australia.

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