IBM DELIVERS 'PATTERNS FOR E-BUSINESS' - FREE OF CHARGE - TO ADDRESS SKILLS SHORTAGES AND ENHANCE THE SPEED OF E-BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Wednesday 13 December 2000 PDF Print 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 http://www.ibm.com/framework/patterns 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: http://www.ibm.com/framework/patterns Ref: 00/415 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 http://www.ibm.com/websphere * Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners. 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. 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