The pairing is the result of an effort to automate and personalize customer support for all new IBM notebooks, desktop PCs and workstations, and eServer xSeries Intel-architecture servers, and will enable customers to problem-solve, diagnose and repair through automated self-service. IBM's expectation is to reduce call volume and call duration by bundling Support.com technology within its hardware.
"Support.com's technologies help give customers access to high quality of service anywhere at anytime, right at their fingertips," said Radha Basu, CEO and president of Support.com. "Our comprehensive software approach to support automation can give companies like IBM a distinct competitive advantage by reducing support costs while increasing customer satisfaction and retention."
In addition to IBM, Redwood City, Calif.-based Support.com provides automation solutions to BellSouth, Charter Communications, Cisco Systems, GE, Procter & Gamble, Sony, Schlumberger, CSC, SBC, and Siebel Systems.