VAI Among IBM Business Partners to Join Program and Provide Local Sub-Industry Support
RONKONKOMA, N.Y.--VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.) (www.vai.net), an IBM Premier Business Partner and a leader in enterprise solutions for the distribution, manufacturing, retail and service industries, announced that it has joined the IBM System i Vertical Industry Program (VIP) at IBM PartnerWorld 2007. The program is designed for select sub-industries in which the “all-in-one” IBM System i business computing platform can provide a unique business advantage and specialized, local expertise can expedite the implementation.
VAI will be exhibiting at PartnerWorld, April 29 to May 2, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri at America’s Convention Center.
The System i VIP will focus on building a strong community of solution providers, resellers and integrators focused on solving very specific customer needs through co-marketing activity, sales support and stronger connections among partners. The combination of a local IBM presence, with the vertical specialization of VIP members such as VAI, will provide customers competitively priced solutions optimized to integrate with the System i for faster, easier implementation.
"Small and medium businesses typically view themselves in the context of their industry. By delivering applications tailored for their specific needs and integrated with the System i -- an easy-to-manage, easy-to-secure and highly reliable system -- the VIP will allow IBM, and partners like VAI, to provide greater value to existing and prospective customers,” said David Kinsey, worldwide business unit executive for IBM System i ISV (Independent Software Vendors) sales and growth initiatives. "Working closely with our ISV partners, we will continue to invigorate the System i platform with the applications that matter most to businesses today."
This program will support VAI’s ongoing efforts in the retail and food markets with its complete line of S2K Enterprise software, while bolstering the company’s strategy of increasing its reach in the enterprise management industry. VAI’s S2K Enterprise is an integrated, customizable suite of software designed for the mid-range market. It offers advanced applications such as Warehouse Pro, EDI, CRM and e-Business that empower companies to leverage their information technology investment.
“System i VIP recognizes customer satisfaction as a key factor in the business growth equation,” said Joe Scioscia, Vice President of Sales, VAI. “This philosophy meshes perfectly with VAI’s corporate vision, where satisfying the full spectrum of customer needs is our first priority. VAI’s success to date is a direct outgrowth of this commitment to providing high-quality, custom-tailored solutions delivered efficiently and cost effectively. Our customers, current and future, will benefit immensely from this program.”
IBM plans to launch more than 80 VIPs for System i in 15 countries this year. By helping partners maximize their expertise in a particular local industry, the program will allow partners to replicate their efforts in similar sub-industries throughout the world.
About VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)
VAI is an IBM Premier Business Partner and an award-winning software developer. Designed for the mid-range market, S2K Enterprise is used by a wide variety of mid-size companies worldwide, with a number of clients in the manufacturing, distribution, retail and related service industries. Advanced applications such as Warehouse Pro, EDI, CRM and e-Business provide companies the power to leverage their information technology investment. VAI is headquartered in Ronkonkoma, New York, with branch offices in Miami, Orlando, Chicago, Newport Beach and Oreville, California. For more information, please contact 800-824-7776 or visit www.vai.net.