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IBM Brings Cross-Brand Education Directly to Individual Developers

10,000 Developers to Be Trained on IBM Software Products & Technologies Worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - 28 Mar 2003: IBM today announced a new campaign to build developer skills and provide solutions-based education through world-wide sessions focused on Web services, WebSphere* and e-business on demand*. The developerWorks* Live! Technical Briefing sessions taking place around the globe in 2003 will help software developers develop their careers around open-standard based application development and end-to-end integration. Developers can see a list of cities and dates, plus register by visiting: www.ibm.com/developerworks/offers/techbriefings/

In these full-day courses on Web services, developers will learn to build and deploy Web services in the "on-demand" era using IBM tools and middleware. For example, developers will receive training on how to develop a Web service with WebSphere StudioV5 and how to expose Java components as Web services using the Web services Description Language, (WSDL), an XML format for describing network services. Other topics to be covered include security and reliability, business processes and transactions for Web services and emerging Web services technologies.

During the e-business on demand Competitive Technical Briefings, developers will learn how to establish an on-demand operating environment using Java, Linux, Web services, grid computing and autonomic computing. e-business on demand defines an enterprise whose business processes can respond with speed to any customer demand, market opportunity or external challenge.

The e-business on demand briefing days will focus on the WebSphere Internet infrastructure software platform -- the cornerstone of IBM's e-business on demand strategy -- including WebSphere Application Server and development tools, WebSphere portal and WebSphere Business Integration.

According to Evans Research data, the adoption rate of Web services in 2002 was 56% in North America and 66% internationally. This year, that number is expected to reach 77% in North America and 91% internationally. Linux adoption rates were at 41% last year in North America and 51% internationally. In 2003, it's expected to reach 51% in North America and 59% internationally.**

"IBM is committed to bringing the latest in Web services and e-business on demand education directly to developers to show future IT architects how IBM middleware can open options for e-business world-wide," said Gina Poole, Vice President, Developer Marketing and Web Communities. "Our strategy is to demonstrate how open standards support in IBM's middleware provides connectivity between heterogeneous business systems and serves as the foundation for the more sophisticated integration necessary in an on-demand environment."

In 2002, approximately 100,000 professional developers and computer science students took part in IBM's Developer Community Outreach events throughout the world. These included Web services briefing days, the launch of WebSphere User Groups and DB2* User Groups, seminars on WebSphere, DB2, Pervasive Computing, Web services and WebSphere roadshows, University Days and dWLive!, student visits to the Solution Partnership Centers.

Dominique Plante, a San Francisco-based developer specializing in web-based, enterprise applications for the financial industry, participated in a recent Silicon Valley-based technical briefing on Web services to help him take advantage of development opportunities in the Web services marketplace, including creating his own Java-based service using IBM developerWorks' Speed-Start Web services program at www.ibm.com/developerWorks.

"developerWorks provides developers with up-to-date information from key trend-setting engineers that share knowledge on different technologies and best practices for use. The technical briefing days are equally valuable resources in learning new technologies and how they are being used. Best of all, with everything being free, developers have a great resource that will enable them to learn everything they need to about Web services -- from creation and deployment, to discovery and invocation."

Developers worldwide can also find a growing collection of free, on-line technical resources for Web services on the developerWorks Web services zone (ibm.com/developerWorks/webservices). Included are articles, tutorials, white papers, demos and Web services technologies. New on developerWorks, the Speed-start Web services program (ibm.com/developerWorks/webservices/start) helps developers get up and running with Web services at no cost, empowering developers with the skills and the tools to develop and deploy Web services immediately. The program offers an array of free resources including forums and online education for all developer skill levels. Developers also have access to IBM development tools online, or they may register to receive the free Web services Software Evaluation Kit (SEK) CD.

Contact(s) information

Jennifer Clemente
IBM Media Relations
415) 545-3230
jennic@us.ibm.com

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