IBM Introduces New Tools to Help Developers Build Applications for the IBM Workplace

Broad Portfolio Includes Tools for Developers at Almost Any Skill Level and Creates New Market Opportunities for Business Partners and ISVs

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GRAPEVINE, TX - 19 Jul 2004: IBM today unveiled an array of software development tools designed to help customers and business partners build and deploy applications for the recently-announced IBM Workplace family of collaborative products.

The portfolio will include a variety of tools that will give developers with almost any level of expertise -- from experienced programmers to line-of-business managers -- the ability to create customized business applications that maximize the value of the Workplace platform for customers and new business opportunities for independent software vendors (ISVs). These new tools will also open up new market opportunities for partners and ISVs to create and sell Workplace applications, which will help IBM build a network of business partners around the Workplace model.

With development tools for IBM Workplace, customers will be able to build customized business applications and tailor their Workplace solution to meet the needs of their business or vertical industry as well as extend their existing enterprise applications to devices for mobile field forces. In addition, by providing a broad selection of development technologies, IBM will enable customers to choose the tool that leverages their existing skill sets and eliminate the need for costly re-training.

"One of the main business benefits of the IBM Workplace model is the flexibility and choice it gives our customers, and we've applied that same concept to our Workplace tools -- regardless of your skill set or development expertise, IBM has a tool for you. Whether you're building applications for Workplace or extending your existing applications to a variety of client devices -- from desktops and laptops to wireless devices -- IBM's Workplace tools portfolio has the tools to meet your needs," said Scott Hebner, vice president of Marketing and Strategy, ISV and Developer Relations, IBM. "While our customers and business partners are enthusiastic about the Workplace model, we realize that the development community is critical to the success of the platform -- and we feel that these tools will help us attract developers and business partners that will help take the Workplace strategy to the next level."

Development tools for IBM Workplace will be part of IBM's Software Development Platform, which will help Workplace customers leverage the latest industry standards and technology frameworks to create applications with tools that are tightly integrated with each other. The IBM Workplace portfolio includes tools to meet the needs of developers with a broad range of skills and business needs, such as IBM's existing WebSphere portlet builders, WebSphere Studio and Rational software tools. In addition to these technologies, the portfolio of Workplace tools will expand to include the following new additions:

Later this year, IBM will enhance support for IBM Workplace Client Technology within its developerWorks program and the IBM Innovation Centers. As part of this initiative, IBM will provide the developer community with a range of tools, code, and education to build wireless, device-led applications for IBM Workplace Client Technology, Micro Edition, as well as interfaces for the IBM Workplace Client Technology, Rich Edition -- allowing ISVs, business partners and corporate developers to create robust applications that combine the benefits of a rich user experience with the ease of deployment and manageability of browser-based applications.

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