IBM Expands Support for the Software Development Platform

Introduces New Developer Outreach Programs and Unified Developer Conference

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LEXINGTON, Mass. - 10 Dec 2003: IBM today announced plans to expand developer outreach programs in 2004 by increasing its portfolio of worldwide technical events and new programs in support of the IBM Software Development Platform.

IBM is focused on a growing ecosystem of developers and ISV partners to build specialized software for small and medium businesses in key growth industries. An important component of IBM's strategy to serve on demand e-businesses was the acquisition and integration of Rational Software. The company's commitment to adding more software development events and programs that inform and educate potential customers and business partners about innovative technologies, such as the IBM Software Development Platform, is a response to their growing demands for tools that address the changing requirements for transforming to an e-business on demand environment.

The IBM Software Development Platform offers IBM business partners and customers a single, integrated application development environment that is based on open standards, including the universal Eclipse framework. This transforms the way software is built by providing a unified approach, which is customizable to any project or team size. IBM's comprehensive Software Development Platform combines products and services to meet the specialized needs of developers and ISVs by supporting open source and multi-platform environments and ensuring the easy plug in of new tools over time. An open approach to development is expected to expand the opportunities for developers and ISVs to grow their on demand offerings and pursue new business opportunities and services-based financial delivery models.

"The IBM Software Development Platform transforms software development by providing a unified approach to integrating and automating the processes of software development," said Buell Duncan, General Manager, IBM ISV and Developer Relations. "The result is an increase in productivity by enabling businesses and ISVs to build high-quality reusable applications and Web services that work seamlessly across disparate IT platforms."

The IBM Software Development Platform offers a more cost effective way to build software applications that automates and integrates a company's key business processes. It also ensures an increased focus on core competencies, responsiveness to market opportunities, and added control over cost structures and revenue models. The platform provides high returns on investment by simplifying development and improving the quality of software by reducing the complexity and unpredictability of application development, which in turn lowers overhead costs and accelerates time to market.

The IBM Software Development Platform includes tools that span Windows, UNIX, Linux, and mainframe platforms, and support a variety of languages, IDEs, and operating environments, including: Java, Eclipse, C/C++/C#, Microsoft .NET, a number of environments for real-time/embedded system developers, and Web services standards. It enables development for multi-platform environments and open source platforms and ensures interoperability across teams and disciplines--and allows re-use of process, skills, lifecycle tools, and assets across the organization.

"Critical applications must be built to scale and to function continuously and flawlessly," said Mike Devlin, General Manager of IBM Rational. "This platform offers a better way to do that by leveraging existing legacy systems and available software assets."

In support of the IBM Software Development Platform, the company will increase its developer outreach programs in 2004 with a growing portfolio of worldwide technical events and programs to help better serve its global developer community. IBM plans to hold a world-wide IBM developer conference that integrates its international developerWorks Live! Technical Conference with the Rational Software Development User Conference at the Gaylord Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas, July 18-22. The unified conference is intended to give developers an opportunity to grow their skills and learn how IBM is integrating its technology and tools with its latest brand offerings.

IBM also plans to expand its developerWorks Live! events with over 400 localized technical briefings around the world, regional technical conferences in key countries, as well as add more developer sessions to its Lotusphere 2004 event, to be held January 25-29, at the The Walt Disney World® Resort. To better match the needs of a geographically-diverse developer population, IBM is quadrupling its world-wide developerWorks Live! technical briefings in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Developers will now have more opportunities to obtain the latest tools, training and access to IBM technical leadership.

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