IBM Announces New Training for the Wireless World Solution for Smaller Businesses

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Somers, NY - 27 Jul 2000: (Business wire) -IBM today announced a new curriculum for wireless or mobile e-business, and e-business training designed specifically for executives and managers in small to medium businesses.
    This announcement extends IBM's Skills Development Services for e-business initiative -- launched in May -- and is aimed at key e-business training concerns.

    IBM's new offerings include:

-- "e-business University for Pervasive Computing" is a curriculum for wireless or mobile e-business which includes a blend of more than 50 hours of web delivered and 40 days of classroom training. This provides a comprehensive training solution for any organization planning to include pervasive technologies such as mobile or wireless devices in their e-business plans. Topics include an introduction to wireless, security, systems management, development tools and technologies and trends. The Pervasive e-business University begins with four free courses available over the web

-- Technical Conference for Pervasive e-business. An international conference to be held in Innsbruck, Austria, October 23-25, designed to exchange the latest information on this fast-moving technology.

-- "The Impact of e-business" is a five to seven-hour e-learning course delivered on CD and translated into five languages. Derived from IBM's well-received e-business immersion offerings it is an introduction to e-business and its implications for managers and executives in smaller organizations or departments. As well as introducing the fundamentals of the technologies it addresses the business issues underlying e-business such as why organizations should move to e-business. "As customers start asking about the impact wireless will have on their processes, and as companies of all sizes are moving to the Web, the demand for this specialized training is escalating," said Rick Horton, general manager, learning services, IBM Global Services. "With IBM's depth in both wireless and e-business

-- as well as extensive training experience

-- we're in a unique position to bring the first comprehensive wireless curriculum to the market. We also see tremendous growth in smaller businesses and are committed to having current and cost-effective e-business training for them. These new offerings show how quickly IBM can react to an ever-changing marketplace." Learning services is part of IBM Global Services, the world's largest information technology services provider, with 1999 revenues of more than $32 billion. Services is the fastest growing part of IBM, with more than 138,000 professionals serving customers in 160 countries. IBM Global Services integrates IBM's broad range of capabilities

-- services, hardware, software and research -- to help

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