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IBM Expands e-government Offerings

Three Additional "Government Specialty for e-business" Companies to Provide Wider Range of Online Services to Governments on All Levels

Bethesda, MD - 21 Feb 2001: -- IBM today announced that three more companies -- Anteon, ASTi, and Sideware -- have become partners in IBM's "Government Specialty for e-business" program. This recognizes the ability of each of these companies to provide unique software solutions that complement IBM's e-infrastructure offerings that help governments become e-governments.

"Governments the world over increasingly recognize the need to move services online, for both businesses and citizens," said Todd Ramsey, IBM general manager for government. "The expansion of this IBM e-government program highlights our commitment to help make the promise of e-government a reality. Our new partners, Anteon, ASTI, and Sideware, possess a wide range of e-business applications and offerings tailored to the specific needs of governments. These new offerings will significantly enhance our already strong portfolio of offerings for governments at all levels worldwide."

Anteon Corporation, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is a top supplier of information and e-government solutions to government agencies. Anteon specializes in helping client agencies Web-enable legacy systems, achieving the promise of extended services and more efficient internal processes. Anteon possesses a strong portfolio of applications compliant with IBM's government portal architecture and application framework for e-government. The company brings its depth of systems integration experience to identification of the e-gov business case, re-engineering processes, supplier management, database development, data mining, data security, and performance requirements, among other critical e-gov system challenges. For more information, visit http://www.anteon.com.

Applied Systems Technologies, Inc., (ASTi) is focused on providing the best public safety and justice solutions to government in today's connected, information now, world. The CobraPSJ Court Case Administration System provides for both defendant and case based information needs of courts at all levels using the latest in communications technologies. Capable of statewide implementations, the system is accessible to all participants in the justice system - judges, clerks, attorneys, law enforcement, interpreters, probation officers, victims, state agencies, and the general public through a secure database containing all relevant information. Whether it is a citizen desiring to plead and pay a traffic ticket online, a clerk accepting a time payment, a court administrator tracking the status of a case transferred on appeal, or a law enforcement officer needing a warrants check in a traffic stop - ASTi applies advanced, IBM based technologies to help governments do e-business today. Visit ASTi online at www.cobrapsj.com, or call 1-800-379-4039.

Sideware is a leading provider of online collaboration solutions that enable companies to better manage their customer interactions by providing enhanced Internet-based customer service. Based on enterprise-level technology, Sideware's eCRM suite is designed to help e-businesses relate: to their customers and to the data acquired in their back-office systems that allow them to deliver more accurate and efficient service. Sideware's EIS solution delivers a comprehensive third-generation system that provides scalable and personalized Internet customer services that employ an open platform architecture to integrate seamlessly with databases, legacy systems and CRM and call center products for a unified customer view. In addition, Sideware is an independent software vendor (ISV) of IBM and a Premier Software Partner of Siebel. Based in Reston, Va., Sideware publicly trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (SYD.U) and OTC bulletin board (SDWS). For additional information, please visit www.sideware.com.

The first four companies to earn the Government Specialty for e-business designation, when the program was first announced in July, 2000, are ESRI, EzGov, HTE, and JPH International. This designation recognizes companies that possess a strong portfolio of government applications, all compliant with IBM's government portal architecture and with the IBM Application Framework for e-business. For more information about these partners, and for how to apply for this program, please visit:

http://houns54.clearlake.ibm.com/solutions/government/govpub.nsf

IBM, the world's largest information technology company, has helped governments transform services and systems since 1917. Over the years -- from the first automated US Census to on-line applications serving citizens and businesses in many agencies and jurisdictions around the globe -- IBM has supplied governments with innovative and cost-effective technology-based solutions. IBM's team of e-business professionals offers a broad range of products, services, solutions and experiences - all focused on helping government organizations deliver innovative, secure, available and reliable solutions. Our custom-tailored services and products deliver the highest levels of security, flexibility and integration -- enabling governments to maximize current and future technology investments while delivering value to their customers. PatrtnerWorld is a program that helps IBM Business Partners with marketing support, education, certification, technical support and rewards. For additional information on IBM, visit www.ibm.com/government.

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Christopher F Collins
IBM
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cfcolins@us.ibm.com

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