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...Siemens AG Selects IBM's WebSphere in world's biggest ever
e-commerce deal...


Siemens AG - the Munich-based electronics and electrical engineering giant
- has chosen IBM as its preferred technology partner in its bid to make
the transformation to an "e-driven company". IBM's WebSphere Commerce
Suite, WebSphere Application Server and MQSeries will provide the
e-business platform to bring Siemens' business processes to the web
Siemens announced its new e-business development strategy in October of
last year. This initial phase will see the company invest around one
billion euros in the project.

In the course of this transformation, Siemens is introducing
company-wide,global e-business applications, which will be jointly
developed and implemented by an alliance composed of Siemens' own Siemens
Business Services (SBS), i2 Technologies, CommerceOne and IBM. Through
the exploitation of e-business, Seimens expects major benefits including
faster development of new markets, closer customer relationships and
significant reduction of operational costs.

The Siemens Online Sales Division will be equipped with IBM's WebSphere
family of e-business infrastructure software. IBM's WebSphere was chosen
because of its industry-strength scalability and industry-leading
integration capabilities. A decisive factor in the success of an
e-commerce initiative is the ability to make fragmented legacy IT systems
available to new, Web-based applications. IBM's WebSphere will allow
Seimens to web-enable its existing systems and integrate them with
innovative new e-business applications.

"WebSphere is leading e-business innovations around the world," said
Christoph Rau, Vice President of Software Group IBM Central Europe.
"We're delighted to be teaming with Siemens and delivering the tools for
such an ambitious e-business program. Like large organisations before
them, Siemens is finding that WebSphere allows them to build an effective
strategy on top of their existing IT investments. It's like putting your
legacy systems on steroids for e-business."

The cornerstone of the agreement with Siemens is IBM's WebSphere Commerce
Suite, based on the WebSphere Application Server. IBM WebSphere creates a
flexible environment for all e-business applications, utilising the
company's VisualAge for Java development tools. Siemens will also be
using IBM's WebSphere Studio. This software provides an extensive
development environment for creating dynamic Web pages and Java
applications. A single process is all that is required to create
applications for standard Web browsers and mobile computing devices, such
as smartphones and PDAs.

In choosing WebSphere Commerce Suite, Siemens has selected a complete
solution for e-commerce and electronic marketplaces. Features include
support for dynamic retail models - like online catalogues, content
management, and modern search engine technologies. Sellers and buyers are
able to maintain control over any kind of transaction involving goods or
services. Business analysis and personalisation tools assist in the
creation of individual customer profiles.

The Siemens program is expected to take around three years to complete. It
is based on the concept of a global 'e-community', embracing 447,000
Siemens employees as well as all the company's customers and suppliers.
With this orientation toward e-business, Siemens is looking to the future
with confidence and optimism.

About IBM

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 solutions is through the Internet at:
http://www.ibm.com/software



For further information please contact:

Roger Warner

IBM

Tel: 020 72026299

Email: rwarner@uk.ibm.com

Jonathan Batty/ Tracey Farrant

For IBM

Tel: 01753 790700

Email: jbatty/tfarrant@uk.brodeur.com

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