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IBM Opens New Business Integration Competency Center In Germany

Center Gives Global Systems Integrators Access To IBM Resources

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BOEBLINGEN, Germany - 10 May 2000: -- IBM today announced that it will open a new competency center to help global systems integrators (GSIs) develop and test business integration solutions for their customers.

Business integration, or enterprise application integration (EAI), is required for companies that want to engage in corporate mergers and acquisitions, electronic commerce and business-to-business (B2B) partnerships. Companies are integrating and automating their business processes to increase efficiency, maintain competitive advantage and strengthen customer relationships.

IBM's competency center combines the world's most advanced EAI facilities with IBM-trained staff to assist with every aspect of product development, including education, customer bids and proof of concept. IBM opened its first center in Chicago, in September 1999. Other centers opened recently in Washington, D.C.; San Mateo, Calif.; Hursley, England; and Singapore.

The centers strengthen IBM's leadership position in the burgeoning EAI market, which is expected to total $1.4 billion this year, according to Aberdeen Group.

"The demand for EAI solutions has skyrocketed," said Bill Reedy, Vice President of Marketing, Business Integration, IBM Software. "IBM's competency centers make it easy for global systems integrators to fine-tune their products and create better solutions more quickly."

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), a global provider of business and IT solutions and an innovator in B2B e-commerce, uses IBM's Business Integration Competency Centers. CSC is taking advantage of IBM's award-winning MQSeries(a) family of integration software products and WebSphere(a) Application Server technology to maximize e-business return on investment for customers.

"We're strong believers in IBM's technology, particularly MQSeries and WebSphere," said Tom Scales, CSC senior vice president. "IBM is taking a strong leadership role in Internet technologies, and we look forward to tapping this strength within our own client relationships at CSC."

IBM's Business Integration Solutions
IBM's business integration solutions incorporate IBM's industry-leading, open software offerings, including MQSeries message queuing software, WebSphere application servers, VisualAge(a) development tools, Tivoli SecureWay Software, AFS global enterprise file sharing software, and Tivoli Management Systems. For more information on IBM's business integration solutions, visit http://www.ibm.com/software/big/.

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