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PHILADELPHIA - 22 Jan 2004: IBM announced today that The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recommending IBM ThinkPad T40 notebooks to all enrolled students, providing business students with the business world's leading notebook.

At The Wharton School, students have the opportunity to influence school policy, course content, and innovation that brings substantial change to business education. Each year Wharton Computing and Information Technology (WCIT) works with Wharton MBA and undergraduate students to develop a set of communications tools known as "SPIKE". SPIKE, an interactive, Web-based communications suite, with a customizable "control panel" interface, offers instant access to intranet web servers, e-mail, school news, course materials, library resources, student calendars, discussion groups, and even a virtual campus cafe where students meet to share information and collaborate on projects. Used by the entire Wharton community, SPIKE puts a storehouse of information at users' fingertips any time of day, from anywhere in the world. IBM ThinkPad notebooks provide the most secure way for Wharton students to access SPIKE.

The Wharton School is at the forefront of innovation, utilizing technologies such as IBM's patented ThinkVantage Technologies, which can help lower lifecycle costs by diminishing downtime and maintenance in PC networks. These technologies include ImageUltra, a custom image creation technology that helps minimize the number of software images requiring support; System Migration Assistant, which quickly migrates user-specific data and settings; and RapidRestore Ultra, a managed data-recovery solution that restores the software image, applications, and user data files after a software failure. Using these IBM technologies allows Wharton's IT department to focus on developing creative solutions to student needs, such as SPIKE, instead of handling routine IT requests.

"We chose IBM for many reasons, but the most important to Wharton was building a relationship with a gold standard company," said Deirdre Woods, Senior Director of Wharton Computing & Technology. "IBM is the top PC company and Wharton is the top business school, establishing a relationship just made sense."

The Wharton School is recognized worldwide for innovative leadership and broad academic strengths at every level of business education. The Wharton School is one of four undergraduate and 12 graduate and professional schools of the University of Pennsylvania.