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IBM To Open Government Technology Center Near Washington D.C., Reinforcing Commitment To Public Sector

Hands-on Lab Announced at IBM Software Symposium

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - 29 Oct 2002: IBM today announced that it will soon open the IBM Government Solutions Center, a computer science laboratory in Greater Washington, D.C. aimed at technologists from federal, state and local organizations. The center will bring IBM experts and public sector customers together in a facility to research, validate and develop technology solutions for such initiatives as e-government, e-democracy and homeland security.

The new center was one of several IBM public sector initiatives discussed at today's Inside Track software conference, a Washington event that focuses on software innovations, and draws hundreds of information technology specialists from dozens of federal agencies.

At the conference, IBM demonstrated how behind-the-scenes "infrastructure" software can share, move, analyze, protect, and store information. Illustrated at the event were several real-world scenarios in which IBM's Lotus, Tivoli, WebSphere and DB2 software products can help bring together the disparate and complex systems and processes of state, local and federal officials. One scenario showed how such technology could help track and share information about potentially contaminated ship cargo.

Located just outside Washington in Vienna, Virginia, the IBM Government Solutions Center will serve government agencies that are interested in streamlining, coordinating and protecting government operations in peacetime and during war. Visitors can research new software, and the ways in which it can work with existing technology investments. At the center, IBM will work with customers and partners to combine software, hardware and services for government-to-government, government-to-business, government-to-citizen and government-to-employee initiatives.

A place where IT professionals can work hands-on to bring proof-of-technology concepts to life, it will also serve as a resource for educating government technologists about lowering costs and increasing data security with Linux, and increasing compatibility between disparate computer programs with Web services and open standards.

The center will showcase and demonstrate how technology is helping major metropolitan areas, with multiple municipalities, coordinate emergency responses from police, fire departments and other "first-responders." Other applications will highlight how public and private portals on the Web can help governments communicate with employees and citizens through Dynamic Workplaces and e-government portals.

The new facility rounds out a comprehensive set of IBM resources for customers in Washington. The nation's capital already boasts IBM's Institute for Electronic Government (IEG), a think-tank for public sector leaders that focuses on e-government public policy; technology strategy and execution; online citizen and business services; and e-democracy. As sister organizations, the IEG and the Government Solutions Center will share resources, bringing enhanced expertise to public sector leaders in Washington and beyond.

"By centering resources like the Institute for Electronic Government and, now, the Government Solutions Center in Washington, IBM has brought the public sector a comprehensive portfolio of focused expertise," said Charlie Ill, Vice President, Worldwide Sales, IBM Software Group. "Our government is at a critical threshold as it works to meet the greatest technology challenges of its time, and IBM is proud to help our customers make informed decisions about the various technology options at their disposal."

The Government Solutions Center is the latest in a collection of IBM proof-of-concept centers situated around the world. Other laboratories, in locations such as North Carolina, Texas, Japan and Germany, test and develop industry-tailored applications for large-scale integration projects, data warehousing and high volume Web site performance exercises.

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