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( BW)(NY-IBM)(IBM) IBM And Business Partners Celebrate Milestone in Growth of Linux Applications; Linux Applications Increase More Than 30 Percent


    Business Editors/High Tech Writers & Columnists

    ARMONK, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 27, 2001--IBM today announced 30 percent growth in the last six months in the number of enterprise-level applications for Linux(a), celebrating a major milestone in Linux market acceptance. This brings to more than 2,300 the number of Linux applications available from IBM and the industry's top independent software vendors (ISVs).
    The availability of these applications lets customers build Linux solutions using software vendor applications built with IBM's key e-infrastructure servers and software, known as middleware, to help e-businesses improve sales management, enterprise resource planning, distributed computing, e-commerce and accounting functions for a variety of industries, including finance and retail sales.
    "We're seeing tremendous excitement around Linux from the software development community, and we're working with them to deliver enterprise-ready applications for real e-business," says Robert C. Timpson, General Manager, IBM Developer Relations. "ISVs have created robust e-business solutions in every major industry and solution segment, using IBM's leading middleware, including DB2(R) database software, WebSphere(TM) e-infrastructure software, and Lotus(R) Domino(TM)."
    Among the top ISVs working with IBM to deliver Linux-based applications:

-- SAP - providing e-business software solutions;
-- QAD - delivering collaborative commerce applications for global manufacturing enterprises and their private exchanges;
-- SAS - delivering business intelligence, e-commerce and customer relationship management solutions
-- jBASE Software -- offering client/server and World Wide Web based multidimensional database management software.

    IBM has worked closely with these and other ISVs to drive development of Linux applications for enterprise customers. One of the leading ISVs, SAP, has ported mySAP.com(R), which utilizes IBM's DB2 database for both Intel(R) processor and mainframe-based Linux offerings. mySAP.com is a comprehensive e-business platform designed to help companies collaborate and succeed -- regardless of their industry or network environment.
    Another ISV, SAS sees Linux as a key emerging platform for e-business. "IBM's expansion of its e-business application framework to include Linux has given customers added flexibility in choosing the appropriate operating system," said Don Hatcher, SAS's worldwide director of technology strategy. "Many companies have chosen Linux to run their Web servers; with SAS solutions for analytical CRM, these companies have turned the deluge of Web-based customer data into knowledge and competitive advantage. IBM, through its powerful hardware and middleware, is providing a solid infrastructure and adding real value for Linux-based solutions like ours."
    By working with IBM, ISV's are finding new ways to take advantage of the growing Linux market opportunity. "Thanks to IBM and the independent software vendors of the industry, the heavy lifting has been done so that there are now an abundance of Linux applications available for customers who want to leverage the scalability and cost benefits of Linux within their information technology infrastructure. This is clear evidence of the Linux opportunity for software vendors as well as for customers," said Bill Claybrook, Research Director, Aberdeen.

    IBM Helps Foster Growth of Linux-based Applications

    To help drive Linux adoption working with ISVs, IBM has provided comprehensive support, paving the way for developers with critical tools and resources to build enterprise grade applications for Linux. Some initiatives include:

    -- Global Solutions Directory -- IBM features an online
    repository of information about applications and solutions
    from ISVs and IBM Business Partners from around the world in
    the Global Solutions Directory, a feature of IBM Partnerworld
    for Developers that averages 1.6 million hits per month.
    Customers can easily access information on a wide variety of
    applications, including the more than 2,300 Linux offerings
    currently available via the Web.

    -- IBM has created Linux competency centers in the U.S., Europe
    and Asia. These centers have successfully brought thousands of
    developers together, creating an environment for innovation
    and rapid development;

    -- IBM Developer Centers -- IBM offers a place for ISVs to port
    and test their Linux-based applications with IBM middleware
    and servers at Developer Centers around the world. These
    centers, which are part of IBM's Solution Partnership Centers,
    allow ISVs to test their applications in simulated real-world
    environments with the help of on-site Linux consultants;

    -- The Linux Community Development System, which allows Linux
    developers around the world to obtain access to their very own
    virtual mainframe server environment, including an IBM Shark
    Enterprise Storage Server, running Linux. The program hopes to
    foster the growth of new enterprise applications that can
    enable customers to consolidate their distributed Linux
    servers onto a single IBM eServer(a) zSeries(a) mainframe;

    -- IBM's DeveloperToolbox
    (www.developer.ibm.com/devcon/catalog.htm) -- contains
    products, tools and information to help developers build open,
    integrated e-business solutions utilizing Linux-based IBM
    technology, including DB2(a) database software, IBM WebSphere
    e-infrastructure software, Lotus Domino(a), IBM's Small
    Business Suite for Linux(a), SecureWay(a) Wireless Gateway and
    Client for Multiplatforms, and IBM WebSphere(a) Performance
    Pack;

    -- Linux Certification Programs -- via the Linux Professional
    Institute (http://www.lpi.org/), IBM utilizes common Linux skills
    measurements to provide two worldwide programs, a Linux
    Professional Institute Certification and a Red Hat Certified
    Engineer Programs. IBM Learning services offers education for
    both the LPI and RHCE roadmaps;

    -- PartnerWorld Technical Support for Developers -- IBM provides
    new technical support for Linux. The program, operated via the
    Developer Technical Support Center in Dallas, Texas, helps
    developers with everything from building e-business sites to
    integrating large enterprises for the Web
    (www.developer.ibm.com/welcome/technical1.html); and

    -- developerWorks' Linux zone (www.ibm.com/developerWorks) --
    IBM's free, online collection of Linux-based content and
    resources, enables developers worldwide to build better
    software and to enhance their technical skills by offering a
    wealth of tools, tutorials, code, tips, news, white papers and
    how-to articles. developerWorks gives developers access to
    some of IBM's best Linux developers and the latest
    contributions to the OS community from IBM's technical teams.

    IBM plans to announce other incentives, incubator programs, educational seminars and developer partnerships in the near future. News and updates can be found through IBM's newly enhanced Linux site, www.ibm.com/linux. Specific IBM e-business software offerings for Linux can be found at www.ibm.com/linux/software.

    About IBM PartnerWorld for Developers

    Software application developers receive support from IBM's PartnerWorld for Developers (PWD) - a worldwide program designed to help software developers reach broader markets, lower their costs of doing business, and take their products to market faster. Developers may contact IBM via: PWD at http://www.developer.ibm.com/ or 1.800.627.8363 in North America (NA), 1.770.835.9902 outside North America.

    About IBM

    IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM creates, develops and manufactures the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at http://www.ibm.com/.

    (a) IBM, DB2, DB2 Universal Database, Secureway, and Websphere are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. Lotus and Domino are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lotus Development Corporation. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. SAP, mySAP.com, and other SAP products and services mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and several other countries. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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