IBM First to Offer Wireless Access Across All Its Product Lines

Extends Leadership with New Mobile Devices, Servers, Software, Services and Partners

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NEW YORK - 21 May 2001: IBM today announced the industry's first all-wireless line of products and services, making it easier for companies to extend their business to mobile devices.

As part of today's announcement, IBM is wirelessly enabling its lines of ThinkPad notebook computers, pervasive devices and servers. The company is also providing software, support and services to give customers mobile access to critical applications in the office, on the road, or anywhere in between. Additionally, IBM is adding programs to enable its network of 90,000 business partners to sell and develop wireless solutions.

``Wireless is having profound implications for e-business,'' said Michel Mayer, general manager of IBM's pervasive computing division. ``The potential explosion of people and devices connecting to the network is driving the need for customers to build infrastructures that are massively scalable, more reliable and that possess more intelligence than they do today. This is IBM's sweet spot.''

According to Gartner Group, in the next two to three years the average worker will use at least three devices on the job -- notebook computer, phone and handheld computer. These and future mobile devices will not only need to be outfitted with wireless capability, but integrated with existing IT infrastructures to take advantage of enterprise applications already in place.

This announcement builds on the significant investment IBM has made in developing and deploying wireless solutions over the past few years. According to Evans Data's 2001 Developer Survey, 75 percent of ISVs expect to deploy wireless applications by 2002. To meet this demand, IBM is also supporting the development of wireless applications by independent software vendors, with increased personnel and testing facilities at IBM Porting Centers for IBM's 58,000 developer partners.

``With today's announcement, IBM is staking a strong claim for leadership in the wireless space,'' said Andy Seybold, President of Outlook4Mobility. ``The combination of a visionary strategy and innovative mobile products, along with IBM software and support gives mobile users a comprehensive product and services offering, clearly raising the bar for the rest of the industry.''

IBM's new wireless infrastructure offerings include:

IBM also unveiled new customers that are using its wireless offerings to roll-out innovative applications. This summer the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas intends to use IBM eServer iSeries systems for a pilot to provide wireless check-in for guests -- eliminating the need to wait in line to receive room assignments, credit authorizations, room keys and receipts -- all from a handheld device. In addition, HypoVereinsbank, Germany's second largest bank, has developed a Linux-based system management concept for the IBM eServer mainframe that continuously monitors system availability using Wireless WAP and PDAs to ensure 24 by 7 system uptime. Like any bank, IT system outages must be avoided under all circumstances. Using IBM wireless technology, IT administrators at the bank can respond quickly to system messages, improving customer satisfaction and productivity.