Just one day after Dell announced its first infrastructure-as-a-service offering, the company is jumping deeper into the cloud. Dell will offer a family of hosted software applications for small and midsized businesses, through partnerships with Salesforce.com, Microsoft, Intuit and others, the computer maker announced Tuesday.
The first service, Salesforce.com’s CRM (customer relationship management) system, is available through Dell now, the company said. Next year Dell will offer hosted versions of Microsoft’s Dynamics GP ERP (enterprise resource planning) software and Intuit’s QuickBooks accounting software, as well as other services, it said.
Dell’s pitch is that it will tie the services together on the back-end using its recently acquired Boomi integration software, so that a customer’s CRM software can talk to its accounting software, for example. It says it will integrate both cloud and on-premise applications. That’s something smaller businesses, without large IT departments, may not want to do themselves.
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