MAPICS (Nasdaq: MAPX) says it has entered a strategic alliance with IBM to deliver solutions that integrate business functions and improve collaboration between suppliers and customers.

The IBM/MAPICS solutions will target mid-market manufacturers in the electronics, automotive, heavy equipment and industrial equipment industries, the companies say. MAPICS is based in Alpharetta, GA, near Atlanta.

MAPICS Enterprise Solutions on IBM eServer iSeries hardware, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere MQ and IBM Business Innovation Services are currently used by some manufacturers like Volvo, Bayer, and Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift Europe.

Under the terms of the strategic alliance, MAPICS and IBM will jointly market MAPICS enterprise solutions, which include applications focused on addressing the major challenges facing manufacturers today. These applications are supported by IBM WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere MQ operating on IBM eServer iSeries and xSeries hardware. IBM will also provide consulting, customization and integration services for joint IBM and MAPICS implementations.

MAPICS is also one of the first enterprise application providers to support the Linux environment running on the IBM iSeries platform. MAPICS says it is well aligned with IBM’s strategy to further accelerate the adoption of Linux-based solutions and intends to fully support solutions developed by Raleigh-based Red Hat.