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IBM Opens Chicago Technology Center To Empower Midwest e-business Developers


Chicago - 23 Sep 1999: ... IBM today established a Solution Partnership Center to provide complete testing and support facilities to the developers of e-business applications in the burgeoning Midwest information technology market, estimated at $18 billion in Illinois alone last year.

The third IBM facility of its kind in the U.S., the IBM Solution Partnership Center underscores a little-known fact: Chicago is the Midwestern capital of e-business by virtue of its high concentration of software developers and e-business service providers. Through the Solutions Partnership Center, developers can tap into IBM's e-business expertise. This unique resource center will enable independent software developers to work with IBM; benefit from IBM's worldwide reach, support and service; and get their products to market faster.

Hailing the opening as a major win for the city of Chicago, Mayor Richard M. Daley recognizes that "IBM's Chicago Solution Partnership Center will help companies navigate the fast-paced, exciting and promising world of e-business."

"Chicago welcomes IBM's commitment to the city to house the IBM Solution Partnership Center," said Mayor Daley. "As part of our Technology Development Initiative, we are fortunate to have an industry leader like IBM select Chicago over many other major cities as home to the new Solution Partnership Center. This is a big win for Chicago and the city's information technology community."

Chicago-based Geodesic, already an SPC veteran, also welcomes the new center. Geodesic tested its Great Circle Memory Tuning System at IBM's East Coast SPC in Waltham, Mass.

"IBM's Solution Partnership Center has been an invaluable resource to us for porting, testing, benchmarking, and most importantly, working interactively with IBM to solve customer problems. After successfully testing and running on the RS/6000* server, we were able to expand our markets, build a strong customer base, and therefore increase our revenues...now about 50% of our entire revenue comes from this platform," said Dave Bunker, vice president, Business Development at Geodesic. "Although we've been to the center in Massachusetts about a dozen times, with one so close to home, we'll be able to build a strong relationship with the staff here and take greater advantage of the educational classes and seminars that the centers offer."

"Software developers, like those at Geodesic, create the applications that drive the Internet economy," said Bob Timpson, general manager, Solution Developer Marketing, IBM. "IBM is here in Chicago to give software developers -- the architects of e-business -- the tools, technical support, information and market-savvy to transform Chicago into the Wind e-City: an incubator of innovation."

In addition, the Chicago SPC houses IBM's first enterprise application integration (EAI) competency center. The EAI center helps global systems integrators (GSIs) develop and test MQSeries-based solutions for their customers. IBM-trained staff assist with every aspect of product development, including consumer bids, proof of concept, mentoring, and transfer of skills.

The Solution Partnership Centers
Open industry standards and multi-platform environments continue to present new development challenges. Whether it be a customer request to ensure that an application runs on the latest IBM platform or the desire to increase marketshare by targeting Windows NT**-based customers, the SPC provides the latest hardware and software for testing new applications. IBM teams of technical consultants are available to work with software developers free-of-charge to resolve a variety of technical challenges.

The wide variety of hardware, middleware, and tools offered by the SPC for desktop, midrange and large system environments are simply too expensive for most development shops to keep on hand for testing purposes, yet at the same time they are critical to ensure product performance. By taking advantage of these benefits offered at the SPC, developers can expand their business, reach new markets, and develop their software more efficiently.

PartnerWorld for Developers
The SPCs are a service of PartnerWorld for Developers. With more than 40,000 company members and 160,000 individuals, IBM's PartnerWorld for Developers is a worldwide program designed to help commercial software developers reach broader markets, lower their costs of doing business, and take their products to market faster. The Premier and Advanced Alliance levels of the program recognize the leading 350 solution developers worldwide. The program facilitates the development and sale of third-party software applications running on IBM hardware and software platforms by providing business services, technical services, marketing services, sales support, and information services. PartnerWorld for Developers offers developers no-charge software and tools, hardware discounts and leases, access to porting and testing facilities, on-line technical support, marketing assistance and much more. The program is focused on leading-edge technologies that enable developers to deliver complete e-business solutions to their customers.

For more information on the PartnerWorld for Developers program visit: http://www.developer.ibm.com.

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Mike Azzi
IBM
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azzi@us.ibm.com

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