On the heels of reporting its fourth quarter financial results, IBM (News - Alert) announced that a France-based managed services provider (MSP) has chosen IBM’s PureSystem platform to upgrade its IT infrastructure and improve its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS (News - Alert)) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) activities.
Proginov is one of the first MSPs in France to use IBM Flex System technology to provide a range cloud services in an effort to help clients drive their strategic goals, according to Philippe Plantive, CEO at Proginov.
“The stability of production provided by IBM enables us to minimize the regular maintenance and to significantly reduce services interruptions for our clients,” Plantive said in a statement.
Proginov provides SaaS for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) in France. The company also offers hosting services for clients with high-availability application requirements.
The new system is designed to allow the company the ability to offer its customers a more efficient infrastructure.
In explaining its IT goals, Proginov officials said the company was looking to expand its infrastructure without increasing the costs or complexity of the systems and opted to deploy an IBM Flex System Enterprise system. While IBM did not disclose financial details, company officials said the system was acquired with a “flexible” finance arrangement from IBM Global Financing.
“Supporting small and medium businesses remains a top priority for both Proginov and IBM,” said Alain Henry, VP system and technology group of IBM. “The Flex System solution will allow Proginov to meet its goals and will enable them to respond to the increasing demand from their ERP clients deployed on the SaaS model.”
On Jan. 22, the Armonk, N.Y.-based company reported net income of $6.1 billion for the fourth quarter. Earnings per share were $5.39, while sales hit $29.3 billion, TMCnet reported.
Last year, IBM set records for profit, earnings per share and free cash flow, according to Ginni Rometty chairman, president and CEO at IBM.
“Our performance in the fourth quarter and for the full year was driven by our strategic growth initiatives – growth markets, analytics, cloud computing, Smarter Planet solutions – which support our continued shift to higher-value businesses,” Rometty said in a statement.
IBM raised its outlook for 2013 expecting to deliver full-year 2013 GAAP earnings per share of at least $15.53; and operating (non-GAAP) earnings per share of at least $16.70.
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