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IBM OPEN SYSTEMS CENTER TO OFFER UNIQUE SOLUTIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL CUSTOMER NEEDS

 IBM OPEN SYSTEMS CENTER TO OFFER UNIQUE SOLUTIONS
 FOR INDIVIDUAL CUSTOMER NEEDS
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM today announced the opening of its US Open Systems Center (OSC), where customers will be offered support and services to help them understand, design, implement and test open systems solutions for their business.
 The OSC, which will begin working with select customers this month, is located at IBM's Support Facility, which also is the location of the IBM National Software Systems Center - Dallas. Among the initial offerings of the OSC will be:
 -- Standards-based, integrated hardware and software
 solutions on multiple vendors platforms will be
 prototyped in IBM labs at the site. The labs
 include: the Multivendor Networking Lab; the
 Application Assistance Lab; the Benchmark and
 Performance Lab; the Application Porting Lab, and
 a number of other product-specific labs
 -- Solutions Briefings on open systems subjects,
 including: standards, application development tools
 and methods for building distributed, cooperative and
 client/server applications; and directions and
 strategy for distributed database design and data
 access on multivendor systems
 -- Customized services in which customer-specific open
 systems solutions will be created and proposed
 In addition, IBM account teams can consult with the OSC to develop recommendations on how their customers can effectively use information technology to meet their open systems requirements.
 "IBM believes that each customer's open systems implementation will be different, based upon the unique needs of each individual business," said Mark Morin, assistant general manager, Software Marketing, IBM US. "IBM intends to provide these customers with the best open systems solutions through leading-edge products, industry-wide partnerships and support of standards, and in-depth services such as those that will be offered at the Open Systems Center."
 Morin added, "The OSC will be IBM's forum in the United States for sharing information with our customers about our strategy, products and services, and how we can assist them in developing solutions involving multiple vendors."
 In the future, the center will offer proof-of-concept services, design validation, and integration software development.
 Proof-of-Concept Services
 Proof-of-concept services will validate a customer's proposed open systems solution by building a model and testing software running in IBM's multivendor labs. This prototyping will help customers find the right platform for implementation, find the right communications software, develop data requirements, establish systems management requirements, and demonstrate how the technology will work in the customer's computing environment. The OSC has the latest equipment and application software from a wide range of technology suppliers, including Apple(A); Wang; the Hewlett-Packard(A) Company; Sun Microsystems, Inc.; Digital Equipment Corp.; Lotus Development Corp.; Microsoft; AT&T; Novell, Inc.; Oracle; the Open Software Foundation, Inc.; UNISYS, and IBM.
 Design Validation
 Design validation will consist of a review of customers' open systems plans. It will consider the feasibility of such plans and how the customer is positioned for future growth and changes in technology.
 Integration Software Development
 Integration software will be developed for the customer by IBM to help customers implement an interim open systems solution, when available products do not totally address the customer's requirement.
 (A) Indicates a trademark or registered trademark of the following companies: Apple Computer Inc., the Hewlett-Packard Company
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 /CONTACT: Steven Malkiewicz, 914-642-5449, for IBM/
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