IBM Sees Collaboration Driving New Systems Paradigms

On Demand Era Brings New Collaborative Computing Model -- Unveils Breakthrough Virtualization Capabilities, the Intent to Form and New Mainframe With Enhanced Security Features

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NEW YORK, N.Y - 26 Jul 2005: IBM today detailed new computing systems, initiatives and a planned collaborative community aimed at helping meet the rising demand by businesses to collaborate with each other more efficiently. The company said the demand is global in nature and will require that traditional transaction processing by computers be augmented by a collaborative processing approach that more tightly integrates technology, processes and personnel.

According to IBM, companies once isolated by disparate technologies are increasingly collaborating to create more on demand operations. This requires that each firm's computing systems must be linked more intelligently.

Collaborative processing means using technologies like virtualization, open standards and encryption to share information real-time inside a business and helping to enable companies in various industries to work seamlessly on business applications ranging from designing automobiles and aircraft to discovering new medicines. Collaboration between companies and institutions has begun to blur the traditional lines of information technology.

To help meet the surge in business demand for collaborative processing, IBM today announced:

"As businesses and institutions integrate their operations internally and externally with customers and partners, the IT environment is changing dramatically," said Bill Zeitler, senior vice-president and group executive. "Where transaction processing has been the focus of IT for decades, we now see clients engaged in a more interactive or collaborative processing. It's no longer about what you have, it's now about what you can accomplish through collaboration."

Collaborative Processing Drives Innovation
Opening the IT infrastructure, expanding intelligent components and allowing customers to highly integrate their systems for broader sharing of data is the core of the collaborative processing trend. For example: