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IBM today formally launched its 'Patterns for e-business' initiative to
the UK market, helping companies to speed deployment of their e-business
services in the midst of a universal skills shortage. IBM's 'Patterns' -
a collection of blueprints for successfully engineering e-business
strategies - is available free of charge to customers and IBM partners via
the IBM website

IBM's Patterns for e-business is a collection of knowledge and deployable
code culled from years of experience in implementing e-business solutions.
Through the evaluation of more than 20,000 customer engagements, IBM is
now offering - free of charge - proven approaches for creating e-business
infrastructures for key applications including business-to-business or
business-to-consumer e-commerce.

According to leading industry analysts, companies throughout the world are
suffering with IT skills shortages. For example, Forrester Research has
found that more than 90% of European companies currently report IT
staffing problems and two-thirds of companies experience project delays or
problems as a result of these shortages. IBM's Patterns for e-business
address this challenge by providing application blueprints that will allow
IT professionals in 80% of cases to develop the infrastructure for 80% of
their e-business solution.

"Patterns for e-business is a unique resource to help businesses reduce
the risk and cost of implementing systems, which can provide a real
competitive advantage," said Jonathan Adams, IT Strategist for IBM
Software Group and leader of IBM's Patterns for e-business project.
"Having a solid starting point and roadmap will help customers and
partners make their employees more productive and speed the deployment of
their e-business solutions."

"This innovative software architecture initiative from IBM is the first of
its kind," said Martin Butler, chairman and founder, The Butler Group.
"The industry could benefit greatly from IBM's experience in the
e-business arena, especially when one considers the tremendous problems
companies encounter due to the IT labour shortage."

After many years experience in designing and implementing systems, IBM
recognised many striking, cross-industry similarities in customer
requirements for building an e-business infrastructure. The resulting
Patterns for e-business initiative offers a set of architectural and
design standards - or "best-practices" - to customers and IBM partners to
help them innovate and get their e-business services to market quickly.

IBM has published six initial Patterns for e-business:

· User to Business

· User to Online Buying

· Business to Business

· User to User

· User to Data

· Application Integration

"IBM proposed a solution based on its Patterns for e-business initiative,
which enabled us to markedly decrease our development time," said Howard
Hughes, e-business applications manager of Mohawk Industries in the United
States. "Building a solution based on knowledge culled from IBM's years
of experience in helping similar kinds of businesses succeed gave us
greater confidence in moving forward with our own system."

Patterns for e-business also includes evaluation copies of select IBM
software, such as WebSphere Studio, DB2 and Visual Age for Java, which can
easily be deployed within the Patterns architecture.

Accessing Patterns for e-business Documents

To get the information needed for speeding the process of application
development, IT professionals should visit IBM's Patterns for e-business
Web site in the developerWorks web architecture zone, a section that
offers free resources and guidelines for the design and management of
e-business applications. It can be found at:

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Editors Notes:

About IBM's (NYSE: IBM) WebSphere Software

WebSphere is Internet infrastructure software - known as middleware - that
enables companies to develop, deploy and integrate next-generation
e-business applications, such as those for business-to-business
e-commerce. WebSphere supports business applications from simple Web
publishing through enterprise-scale transaction processing. WebSphere
transforms the way businesses manage customer, partner and employee
relationships. More information about the WebSphere software platform is
on the Web at

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About IBM Software

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years
of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM Software offers the
widest range of applications, middleware and operating systems for all
types of computing platforms, allowing customers to take full advantage of
the new era of e-business. The fastest way to get more information about
IBM software is through the IBM Software home page at

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