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IBM Unveils Next Generation Learning Management System at Lotusphere 2003

IBM Ties New e-Learning Solution to Content Certification Program; Partner Content “Ready for” Lotus Learning Management System

ORLANDO, Fla - 27 Jan 2003: IBM today announced the availability of the IBM Lotus Learning Management System, a flexible, standards-based portfolio of e-learning components that can scale smoothly from departmental implementations to enterprise-wide applications. The Lotus Learning Management System is designed to connect learning to an organization's core technology such as portals, ERP, HRIS, CRM, as well as other learning systems. With the new e-learning solution, IBM is responding to customer demand for a true enterprise-class learning management system that enables integration with existing infrastructure as well as other e-learning systems.

In addition, IBM is launching an e-learning content validation offering in tandem with the Lotus Learning Management System. Created to help simplify the implementation of course content for Lotus Learning Management System customers and business partners, the "Ready for IBM Lotus Learning software" offering validates third-party content for compatibility with Lotus e-learning software.

IBM e-learning solutions help address the primary learning needs of organizations today, including learning transformation, learning interventions and learning infrastructure. The IBM Lotus Learning Management System is designed to help businesses rapidly set up a centralized training environment that can scale to accommodate geographically-dispersed employees, customers and business partners. With trends such as industry and government regulations changing the way companies conduct business, e-learning is fast becoming a top technology priority among corporations. Gartner predicts that the global e-learning market will continue aggressive growth, reaching $35 billion by 2005, as organizations work to keep their employees informed, their operations competitive and their training costs low (1).

"IBM has made a corporate-wide commitment to the e-learning marketplace and to delivering solutions that help customers fully develop and enable their employees," said Andrew Sadler, Director, e-Learning for Lotus Software, IBM. "Similar to other Lotus e-learning solutions such as the IBM Lotus LearningSpace - Virtual Classroom, the Lotus Learning Management System can help empower workers through collaborative technology, providing a platform for sharing information and enabling workers to be more productive and effective."

IBM has the necessary breadth to deliver e-learning in the on demand era of computing -- consulting, outsourcing, hardware, software, world-class partner alliances and innovation out of IBM Research. The Learning Management System complements IBM's portfolio of e-learning offerings including strategy development, content development, integration and outsourcing. The Lotus Learning Management System is the second module in IBM's e-learning portfolio. The first module, the Lotus LearningSpace - Virtual Classroom shipped in October 2002.

The Lotus Learning Management System solution, comprised of an Authoring Tool, Learning Management System, Content Delivery Server and Offline Learning Client, is a strategic blend of advanced administrative and technical features. Highlights include:

"Ready for IBM Lotus Learning software" Offering
IBM is launching an e-learning content validation offering in tandem with the Lotus Learning Management System. Created to help simplify the implementation of course content for the Lotus Learning Management System customers and business partners, the "Ready for IBM Lotus Learning software" offering validates third-party content for compatibility with Lotus e-learning software.

The offering takes the guesswork out of purchasing e-learning content for use with the Lotus Learning Management System and other Lotus e-learning products. Vendors with tested and validated content display the "Ready for IBM Lotus Learning software" emblem on their marketing materials, and customers know these third-party products work out-of-the-box with their Lotus e-learning software. In addition, the "Ready For IBM Lotus Learning software" catalog is a featured selection on IBM's Global Solution Directory, a worldwide, fully searchable, Internet catalog of third-party IBM compatible applications. This unique offering makes sure organizations spend more time running their e-learning course than on implementation issues.

Platform Support and Availability
The Lotus Learning Management System is available today through IBM's Lotus Passport Advantage distribution channel at $60 per user, Suggested Volume Price at Passport Advantage Level. IBM Passport Advantage resellers set actual price, which may vary. The International English version of the Learning Management System is currently scheduled for availability in late February 2003, with other languages available 30 or 60 days later. The Lotus Learning Management System runs on IBM pSeries (IBM AIX), Microsoft Windows NT/2000, Linux Intel and Sun Solaris; and supports DB2 Universal Database, Oracle and SQL databases.

Additional information on the IBM Lotus Learning Management System can be found at www.lotus.com/learning. Additional information on the "Ready for IBM Lotus Learning software" offering can be found at www.developer.ibm.com/lotus/learning/index.html.

Contact(s) information

Jennifer Snyder
IBM Media Relations
(617) 693-7539
jennifer_snyder@us.ibm.com

Cora Lee
Text 100
(617) 399-4910
coral@text100.com

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