IBM Launches New Workplace Offerings for Organizations of Any Size or Industry

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SOMERS, N.Y - 09 Nov 2004: - IBM today announced an array of new software solutions and products designed to help customers accelerate their migration from traditional PC-centric computing deployments to standards-based, network-centric workplaces. With new  IBM® Workplace™ products and solutions, the business benefits of the Workplace model are more accessible to companies of almost any size (small businesses to large corporations) and any vertical industry (retail, automotive, banking). IBM® Workplace™- based software, services, and solutions can deliver significant productivity improvements in people intensive business processes like procurement, regulatory compliance, field service, retail store management, branch banking, and many others.

Today's IBM Workplace offerings are designed to help organizations transform both their core technology infrastructure, as well as their key business processes, and extend the reach of their existing applications in a unified, roles-based IBM Workplace environment.

"There is a fundametal shift underway as it relates to the front-end of computing. People need on demand access to experts, processes and information to make better and more informed decisions in shorter periods of time," said Ambuj Goyal, General Manager, Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software, IBM. "With today's new IBM's Workplace offerings, customers of any size and from any industry can transform and optimize their people-intensive business processes, as well as deliver significant business velocity, by moving beyond the time-comsuming and expensive roll-outs of PC-centric business solutions."

Extending the Benefits of Workplace to Organizations of Almost Any Size
One of the initial steps for organizations moving to an open, flexible Workplace environment  is deploying standards-based technology that will optimize IT infrastructure and provide end users with a modular approach to integrating collaborative applications and tools and resources within the IBM Workplace environment. IBM is leveraging experience and leadership in the areas of collaboration and web portals to deliver a set of Workplace products and solutions designed to accelerate this technology transformation, for customers ranging from large enterprises down to small businesses.

IBM Workplace offerings designed to ease this technology transformation include the following:

Transforming Business Processes with Industry-Specific Solutions
Industry experts and technology analysts have indicated that changing market dynamics are causing many companies to rethink how they purchase and deliver information technology to employees. The introduction of a range of pervasive devices, the availability of networked resources and the adoption of open standards are several factors behind the demand for new computing models. 

The IBM Workplace products are designed to fit this new delivery model and are based on an open standards environment that allows implementation of the Workplace environment to be customized specifically based on a person's role or vertical industry. IBM has conducted extensive research to identify the appropriate set of Workplace tools and technologies, patterns and ISV applications that will help people become more effective and productive, based on their industry and their role within a particular organization. This research has lead to the development of a variety of Workplace solutions that provide industry-specific "blueprints" on how to assemble Workplace environments optimized for specific roles, by industry and for delivery on the device that best suits that person's needs.

IBM Workplace Solutions can facilitate organizational transformation by accelerating an organization's ability to understand the user environment, and what people need in order to focus on the high value elements of their jobs. IBM's new roles-based solutions include the following:

IBM Workplace is a software platform for the next generation of end user working environments that blends collaborative tools, applications and connections into a single environment designed to meet particular business needs and.  IBM Workplace builds on investments in Lotus Notes®/Domino®, Lotus Workplace, WebSphere Portal and WebSphere Everyplace. IBM continues to build on this vision today with the delivery of technology enhancements, new services and industry solutions that offer appropriate access to the people, processes and information and help customers transform their business to the Workplace model.

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