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IBM Teams With 12 India-Based Solution Providers to Make IT Systems More Self-Managing


BANGALORE, INDIA - 28 Sep 2006: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that a dozen key India-based solution providers will incorporate IBM's self-managing autonomic technology into their software and solutions. By working with IBM, these companies can deliver software that can radically automate and simplify IT management and underlying systems, while reducing costs for their customers.

The India-based solution providers will build IBM self-managing technology into their offerings over the next six months as part of IBM's global Autonomic Computing Business Partner initiative. As the first Indian solution providers to adopt IBM's autonomic technology, this signals a new era of computing in India, where other technology firms are turning to IBM to help develop systems with built-in intelligence to reduce IT complexity for customers. IBM estimates that autonomic technologies can reduce IT administration costs by up to 40 percent and increase IT utilization by up to 25 percent.

"Autonomic computing has risen to the top of the IT agenda for businesses in India," said Mr. R. Dhamodaran, vice president for ISV and Developer Relations, IBM India. "IBM is helping solution providers quickly adopt self-managing autonomic technology, which is critical for customers trying to cut costs and remain competitive. In turn, as solution providers build IBM's autonomic technology into their offerings they spur customer demand for products based on IBM middleware."

The partners will use the IBM Autonomic Computing Toolkit, which provides software, technology components, tools, scenarios, documentation and other resources to quickly add autonomic features to their offerings. IBM's software development lab in Bangalore has played an instrumental role in IBM's autonomic computing initiative and created technology for the toolkit, which will help customers improve system availability and simplify software maintenance and administration.

According to IT analyst firm IDC, India is the fastest growing IT market in the Asia Pacific region, with the domestic IT market estimated to grow 19 percent in 2006.* As an emerging technology market, businesses in India are relying on more complex devices and infrastructures to conduct business -- which translates to costly management burdens.

This announcement is the latest step in IBM's five-year autonomic computing initiative, which has worked to automate processes and build intelligence into systems. IBM has built the broadest portfolio of autonomic-enabled products, services and solutions in the industry, with more than 500 self-managing autonomic features in 75 distinct IBM products.

IBM has already teamed with more than 70 business partners around the world through its Autonomic Computing Business Partner initiative. As part of IBM's commitment to help its partners succeed, the company provides technical support and marketing resources to help them expand their businesses and reach global markets.

The solution providers to join the IBM Autonomic Computing Business Partner initiative today include:

-- Adrenalin eSystems Ltd.
-- Aunwesha Knowledge Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
-- Bahwan CyberTek Pvt. Ltd.
-- CashTech Solutions India Pvt. Ltd.
-- Infosys Technologies Ltd.
-- Karishma Software Ltd.
-- MicroGenesis Techsoft (P) Ltd.
-- Pre-emptive Systems (P) Ltd.
-- Radiant Infosystems Pvt. Ltd.
-- Silicon Plains (formerly Automated WorkFlow Group)
-- SOBIS Software (India) Pvt. Ltd.
-- Zen Exim Pvt. Ltd.

Bangalore-based independent software vendor, Silicon Plains (formerly Automated WorkFlow Group) is already delivering their business process management product to customers and is now aligning these products toward autonomic technology.

"By building self-managing technology into our software we can help our customers better position themselves for future growth, making their multi-vendor IT environments more manageable and productive," said Mr. Romil Turakhia, chief of products and technology, from Silicon Plains, formerly Automated WorkFlow Group. "Our customers expressed a need for this technology and now, because of our partnership with IBM, we can deliver this capability."

Also, in an effort to help students and faculty in India become familiar with the latest technology and products from IBM Tivoli, IBM has trained nearly 5,000 students and 350 faculty members in 52 colleges through the IBM Academic Initiative.

For more information on the IBM Autonomic Computing Business Partner Initiative or the IBM Autonomic Computing Toolkit visit www.ibm.com/autonomic

Contact(s) information

Laurie Friedman
IBM Media Relations
914-766-1299
laurie1@us.ibm.com

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*IDC, India Top 10 ICT Market Predictions 2006, January 2006