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SAP, Compaq team for small business

SAP inks a deal with Compaq to offer a software and hardware bundle intended to make installing applications easier for small businesses.

Business application software maker SAP continues to court small businesses.

Today, the company announced that it has teamed up with Compaq Computer (CPQ) to offer an all-in-one business application bundle to small businesses.

The companies announced Ready-to-Run R/3; R/3PAQ, a combination of SAP's R/3 business applications, Microsoft's Windows NT operating system; and database software running on a Compaq ProLiant Server. The bundle also includes consulting services.

The deal is the second announced by SAP aimed at small businesses. The company has entered into a similar deal with IBM to offer Ready-to-Run R/3 on IBM's AS/400 servers, and to link users of Lotus Notes and SmartSuite applications to R/3 data.

SAP said the R/3PAQ system will drastically reduce the time it takes to install and configure an R/3 system. The company said the package could trim implementation efforts by 20 to 25 days, on average.

The package is being distributed by systems integrator Inacom.

Pricing was not immediately available.