IBM's Boston Web Development Center Opens Today

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CAMBRIDGE - 30 Jan 2001: IBM today opened a high-tech center for e-business collaboration, design and development, called the Center for IBM e-business Innovation::Boston, as part of its $9.7 billion consulting business, and its network of 20 e-business centers around the globe.

The Boston center is home to marketing and branding strategists, business consultants, designers, developers, architects, and integration experts. Here multiple disciplines collaborate as an integrated team to envision and deliver comprehensive e-business solutions for clients. The center's state-of-the-art facilities support the teams through the use of interactive devices, collaborative space, smart boards, and video conferencing.

The experts at the center are specialists in e-business and leverage the experience and knowledge that IBM has gained in thousands of e-business customer engagements across many industries. These centers take clients to the next wave of e-business, where business integration, relationship management, robust infrastructure, pervasive device connectivity, and delivery excellence are critical.

During startup, the Boston center has worked on projects for clients in financial services, insurance, retail, manufacturing, and education. Foxwoods Resort Casino, an entertainment client, chose to partner with the Boston center in the fall of 2000. Brian Charette, Foxwoods Project Manager said, "we're really excited to have IBM's creative and e-business resources in Boston as our partner. We expect the combination of these two industry leaders to yield very positive results."

Today's grand opening events will lead off with Penn Jillette, the not-so-silent half of Penn & Teller, who will introduce Cambridge Mayor Anthony D. Galluccio and the Boston center's e-business team. Additionally, the team will demonstrate the latest e-business technologies and approaches IBM is incorporating into business solutions for clients.

"The seamless combination of strategy, creativity, and technology helps our customers go from concept to launch quickly, and with the confidence that they are building capabilities that scale with the business," said Roger Letalien, Boston center executive. IBM introduced the center concept four years ago and is rolling it out worldwide to meet client demand.

The centers are part of IBM Global Services, the world's largest information technology services provider, with revenue of $33.2 billion in 200. Services is the fastest growing part of IBM, with nearly 150,000 professionals serving customers in 160 countries. IBM Global Services helps companies of all sizes realize the full value of information technology. For more information visit

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