Zend products will be certified with the Application Packaging Standard, a new application packaging format designed to help implement software as a service. Using the APS standard, hosting providers will be able to configure technology stacks based on Zend products to enable PHP products for Web applications.
The APS standard is already supported by more than 100 PHP applications for uses "from blogging and collaboration to content management, ecommerce and CRM," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels, who said the Parallels-Zend partnership grows the channel for PHP application vendors.
With thousands of Web applications available for individual and business use, PHP is a technology for hosting companies to support, said Mark de Visser, chief marketing officer, Zend Technologies.
Sprinx Systems is the first Salesforce.com AppEchange ISV Partner in the Czech Republic and is part of 400 selected AppExchange ISV partners of Salesforce.com in the world.
"We are very pleased with this cooperation as it enables Sprinx to further strengthen its position in the international CRM sector with Salesforce.com presence," said Radko Jelinek, Sprinx Director of Sales.
Sprinx Systems sells business administration systems focused primarily on customer relationship management (CRM), company officials say, adding that the company has been in business since 1996.
At the event, which was held at Murooj Rotana last week, Emirates Computers, Cisco and 3M showcased communication products targeted at the SMB sector.
"Small and medium businesses across the Middle East continue to adopt IT and telecommunications products, and are on track to invest more in information and communications technologies in 2008," said Talal Sabih, Cisco product manager at Emirates Computers. "As SMBs in the Middle East increase their levels of investments in IT, and specifically communications, IP telephony and unified communications are essential."
Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series for Small Businesses, one of the showcased products, lets users "unify the benefits of voice, video, mobility, and messaging on a single platform," eliminating the need for multiple servers to run each application.
Combining the applications on a single platform simplifies the installation, support, and ongoing management of the system, while reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO).
It also integrates with existing desktop applications such as calendar, e-mail, and customer relationship management (CRM) programs.
The easy-to-manage product supports up to 48 users in flexible deployment models based on an SMB setup's needs.
Meanwhile, embedded in the Cisco IOS Software that provides call processing for Cisco Unified IP phones, the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express 4.x enables the large portfolio of Cisco access and integrated services routers to deliver a comprehensive set of features commonly used by many businesses.
The Alliance Boots health and beauty group comprises approximately 3,000 retail outlets, including associates, of which approximately 2,700 have a pharmacy. There's also a wholesale network of over 380 depots, including associates, for over 125,000 outlets.
With a project of this size and the number of different applications to be integrated, the choice of the integration layer application was a big issue, SNS officials say. The integration product will be deployed at all sites, with France as a first go-live.
SNS has done different integration projects around the Gulf and Middle East and was involved in several projects in Europe using the Boomi integration tool, among others.