IBM Announces Express Advantage For Small- And Medium-Sized Businesses

IBM Express Advantage Events are IBM sponsored events where mid-sized companies gather to discuss common business and technology trends and network. Events are set at the local level leveraging localized media and speakers where and when appropriate, further the ease of access to IBM

IBM Express Advantage Works for IBM Business Partners and Customers

Gro-Rite, a family-owned garden center, wanted to continue to grow its business in the face of increasingly fierce competition from mega-retailers. To compete, the small store needed to differentiate itself through unparalleled customer service; however, the company's checkout process failed to support this goal. Gro-Rite now offers a superior shopping experience, made possible by a new checkout solution--implemented by IBM Business Partner Systems Technology Group. "Our competitive edge is that we grow and sell our own plants, said Ken Vande Vrede, general manager, Gro-Rite. "But the IBM Express portfolio of solutions allows us to provide better, faster service, and that's been a critical advantage for us in competing against the big garden chains."

About IBM PartnerWorld:

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, offering a host of cross-industry and industry-specific solutions designed to help companies of all sizes become on demand businesses. Together with our Business Partners, we are transforming the way companies operate and innovate. PartnerWorld is a worldwide program for IBM Business Partners that offers sales and marketing tools, skills building courses and technical support to create new opportunities designed to help you grow your business and drive increased profit. It encompasses the entire portfolio of industry-leading IBM technologies, products, services and financing. For more information on teaming with IBM please visit:

*IBM Express IT Strategy Assessment - initial availability in US and Canada

*IBM Express Website Effectiveness Assessment - Initial availability in US and Canada

*IBM Express Managed Security Services for Web Security - Initial availability in US, Canada, UK, Germany, France and Italy

*IBM Express Vulnerability Assessment - Initial availability in US and Canada

*IBM Express Advantage Concierge - Initial availability in US and Canada

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