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IBM Global Services Australia Selects Pyrmont Location for Centre for IBM e-business Innovation


Sydney, Australia - 03 Aug 2000: IBM Global Services Australia today announced that they have selected a heritage listed building in Harris Street, Pyrmont for their Centre for IBM e-Business Innovation which was announced last week. The Centre is expected to be completed by the end of the year and will house over 400 e-business experts within three years.

The building selected, in the heart of Sydney's rapidly developing e-business district, was once a wool store, and is approximately a century old. The historical exterior will be left intact, while the existing internal features will be incorporated into the overall design. Leading architects Geyer Design have been commissioned by IBM to design an interior to bring out the best features of the building, juxtaposing the old with the new, while respecting its heritage classification.

When complete, the Centre will give the feeling of belonging to a special community, like a university campus or a neighbourhood village. At the heart of the community is the exchange of creative and business ideas amongst customers, employees and partners.

IBM and Geyer Design will together create a new age workplace that will be fitted out with the latest technology while being a wireless workspace designed to foster collaboration and innovation. Groups of employees, customers and partners will be able to adapt their workspace within the free form centre as projects require. The floor plan design incorporates areas for employee relaxation and discussion, including an Internet cafe for those working at Centre. It will also feature research lab facilities for e-business security, network services, user-centered design and mobile computing.

Over 400 people will ultimately be housed in the Centre, including Australia's leading e-business graphic designers, consultants and technology experts. These people will include existing IBMers as well as graduates and experienced professionals.

IBM will invest $23 million in developing the centre over the next five years.
The centre will position IBM to deploy skills on leading-edge projects for customers in the areas of e-commerce, Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management and Business Intelligence. The centre will facilitate e-business work not just at the centre, but across Australia and New Zealand and Asia Pacific.

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About IBM Global Services Australia
IBM Global Services Australia is a joint venture between IBM Australia, Telstra and Lend Lease. IBM Global Services Australia is the leading information technology services company in Australia. The joint venture was initially formed in 1994.

About IBM in Australia
IBM Australia is a leading supplier of information technology, software and services in Australia.
IBM e-business solutions range from electronic office procedures which save businesses time and resources by linking them electronically with customers and suppliers, through to tools which can help businesses to tap new revenue streams.
IBM solutions are designed to solve short-term business challenges, while still being flexible enough to support companies as they adapt to new opportunities in the rapidly changing online world. One notable trend already impacting businesses is the increasing reach of technology as computing power becomes small and smart enough to be incorporated into everyday devices such as mobile telephones and hand held computers.

About Geyer
Known for innovative design solutions, Geyer Design is recognised in Australia as the leader in the strategic application of design. By working closely with its clients Geyer Design creates environments which successfully integrate functionality with an organisations unique culture - producing meaningful business results and a distinctive image for the organisation.

Contact(s) information

Amanda Garland
Public Relations Manager, Services & Solutions, IBM Asia Pacific
0412 254 935
email: amandag@au1.ibm.com

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