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IBM Unveils New Technologies and Resources at developerWorks Live! Conference

Enables Software Developers to Target New Business Opportunities

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NEW ORLEANS - 10 Apr 2003: At its annual developer conference, IBM today announced new technologies, resources and support programs to help developers build business solutions based on IBM's open infrastructure software.

IBM showcased a comprehensive array of new technologies, tools, educational and marketing programs for developers from small to medium businesses (SMBs) as well as large enterprises. In addition, IBM also unveiled new initiatives to select and qualified independent software vendors (ISVs) to help them build business applications for the mid-market running on IBM's infrastructure software.

IBM's new developer initiatives and resources are designed to help ISVs and corporate developers deliver e-business on demand solutions that integrate companies' various business operations -- such as those for suppliers, customers and employees. Such "horizontal" integration of business "silos" will better enable businesses to respond faster and with greater flexibility to any customer demand, new market opportunity or external threat.

Small to Medium Sized Businesses
IBM strengthened its commitment to the $300 billion SMB market** and for thousands of independent software firms worldwide by extending its recently announced SMB Advantage initiative via the introduction of the ISV Advantage Initiative.

This new component will offer go-to-market agreements to developers that specialize in serving SMB customers. Inspired by the success of IBM's strategic alliance initiative, ISV Advantage is designed to use IBM's sales and marketing reach and growing portfolio of IBM Express middleware and IBM eServer* systems to help developers penetrate niche market segments with enterprise-proven support. The first partners to join the initiative are Intuit Eclipse, daly.commerce and VAI.

IBM also introduced Integrated Platform Express*, a new Linux offering specifically priced and designed for SMBs. The new bundled solution, built on IBM's Express software -- WebSphere* Express and DB2* Express -- along with an IBM Intel-based server, eServer* xSeries*, allows software vendors and business partners to quickly deploy Linux-based solutions for the SMB space. By using this offering, developers can respond to market demand faster because the initial integration of the hardware and software is completed out-of-the-box.

In addition, IBM previewed an open standards-based Express Runtime environment to speed development of SMB applications and solutions by business partners, and released a new alphaWorks licensing program which allow SMBs to purchase emerging technologies from IBM's Research division for under $100, including two new Java technologies.

Web Services
IBM also introduced new Web services initiatives. For example, IBM Global Services debuted an Enterprise Modernization Initiative that will give developers new tools to enable legacy applications to be transformed into Web services. IBM also released a new Speed-Start Web Services program to help speed adoption of Web services in the enterprise. Speed-Start Web Services, available on developerWorks, helps IT managers and developers create and deploy Web services using open standards and IBM software.

In addition, IBM announced the first WebSphere Studio development tool for BEA's WebLogic. With the free plug-in available on IBM's developerWorks site, developers can use WebSphere Studio to test and deploy J2EE applications for BEA WebLogic in addition to WebSphere. The move reflects IBM open approach and its commitment to helping customers with heterogeneous environments.

Autonomic Computing
IBM today also simplified the system design process by introducing the industry's first blueprint to assist customers in the creation of autonomic computing systems. The company also plans to deliver the first in a series of open technologies, based on this blueprint, to help make IT systems more self-managing. IBM is making the blueprint available free of charge and without royalty, and is working with third-party partners, customers and open standards committees to help drive the architecture's continued evolution.

A dedicated business partner initiative was presented to the development community today, to help identify and recruit partners, who are key to extending and supporting the development of self-managing computing systems. The Autonomic Computing Business Partner Initiative extends IBM's current partner efforts and will provide additional benefits including free technical consultations and support, one-on-one engagements and support at the company's Solution Partnership Centers (SPCs).

IBM also announced new technologies designed to extend the autonomic capabilities of its Tivoli management software. With new IBM software technology, and relationships with third-party hardware and software vendors, Tivoli software is automating the complexity of integrated, heterogeneous on demand environments, helping IT staffs focus less on technology and more on business requirements.

Tivoli's Autonomic Monitoring Engine*, introduced today, captures, analyzes and correlates key metrics to automatically detect resource outages and potential problems before they impact system performance or end-user experience. The Tivoli Autonomic Monitoring Engine allows ISVs to develop applications - for any platform - that share management intelligence and deliver time-saving, autonomic functionality out-of-the-box.

Developer Resources
For IBM's growing, two million-strong developer community, the company also introduced access to open standards-based middleware, tools, online resources and programs for emerging technology areas -- including for grid and autonomic computing. New resources include the new developerWorks Toolbox subscription, which now includes the industry's first customizable CD option for developers to self-select the tools, and middleware they need from IBM's extensive software collection. Developers can also become proficient with technology for tapping XML-tagged information following the posting of a real world implementation of XQuery on alphaWorks Web site (alphaWorks.ibm.com), the emerging standard for tapping and creating information in corporate databases tagged with the XML language.

IBM has expanded its developerWorks Live! Technical Briefing Days worldwide. The education sessions aim to educate more than 10,000 developers worldwide on a range of topics including e-business on demand and Web services.

"Today, IBM embarks on its most ambitious developer support venture yet. Our goal is to supply developers with the open, integrated, and autonomic capabilities required to transform businesses into on demand e-businesses," said Buell Duncan, general manager of IBM Developer Relations. "Software developers know where the money is and IBM is offering the marketing resources and technologies that give ISVs access to emerging and wider market opportunities, including the midmarket."

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