IBM, Cram Software partner on COTS software?

Cúram Software, a provider of social enterprise management (SEM) software solutions, and IBM have expanded their strategic alliance to deliver human services, social security and workforce services information technology solutions to government agencies.

SEM is a new category of enterprise software that focuses on individuals and leverages COTS products to transform and modernize health, human services, labor and social security agencies. SEM fosters holistic, convenient services for citizens and state- and community-based resources.

According to a Cúram announcement, the company and IBM will collaborate on government social services and social security IT modernization programs, combining Cúram Software's commercial-off-the-shelf SEM software with IBM Global Business Services' services and technology. For example, the IBM Integrated Case Management Solution and Cúram Software enables integrated case management across the enterprise.

The IBM-Cúram Software Strategic Alliance began in 1999, Cúram said.

Over the past five years, they have worked together on state- local- and provincial-level social enterprise management solutions in Louisiana, Utah, New York and Ontario, Canada, as well as national-level solutions in Australia and United Kingdom.

IBM and Cúram will jointly sell Cúram Software's COTS SEM solutions on IBM System p, x, and z hardware platforms. Cúram Software's products also run on IBM's operating systems, storage devices, IBM DB2 and WebSphere software platforms, the statement said.

'IBM and Cúram Software maintain a close, long term and strategic global business relationship,' Chris Gibbon, IBM's Global Social Services and Social Security executive, said in the statement. 'As a sign of our commitment, we have developed a worldwide team of certified Cúram practitioners and created the IBM Global Cúram Competency.'

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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