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-IBM today announced a program designed to attract five
million developers to the WebSphere* software platform. IBM
anticipates it will reach that goal by the end of this year-



IBM's WebSphere software platform is a complete portfolio of
Web infrastructure software that helps companies at each
stage of e-business development, from start up to handling
high volume Web transactions typical of business-to-business
(B2B) e-marketplaces. IBM's WebSphere software platform is a
good choice for developers because it has high market
penetration, is experiencing high year-over-year growth and
provides developers with a customisable, scalable e-business
software foundation.

"This program is all about getting developers whatever they
need to build powerful e-business applications on top of the
WebSphere software platform," said Valerie Olague, director
of WebSphere Software Platform Marketing, IBM Software.
"Clearly, the success of WebSphere will be determined by the
strength of the developer community IBM builds around it."

To encourage developers to use WebSphere, the IBM marketing
program will leverage advertising, promotional events and
free offerings for developers including trial code,
technical support, users' group meetings, education and
certification. Developers who will benefit from the program
include:

· Traditional enterprise developers who are skilled in CICS
and COBOL programming

· Web developers that want to enhance skills from Web
publishing to Web-based application programming

· Lotus Domino developers who are skilled in Lotus Script
Language programming

·Developers who use application development tools from
Microsoft, Sun and BEA

· Developers who use application development tools from IBM
partners

Existing resources that IBM will leverage as part of the
program to attract developers include:

· developerWorks (http://www.ibm.com/developerWorks), a free
on-line resource that enables developers worldwide to easily
tap into a wealth of tools, code, tips, news, tutorials, and
how-to articles

· VisualAge Developers' Domain (http://www.ibm.com/vadd), a free
on-line resource that provides downloads and CDs of IBM's
VisualAge for Java application development offering, as well
as supporting components, tools, and how-to information to
help programmers easily develop Java applications

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company,
with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate.
IBM Software offers the widesrange 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 http://www.software.ibm.com Information about
the complete WebSphere software platform is on the Web at
http://www.ibm.com/websphere



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Contact: Shaan Sood

IBM Software UK

Tel: 020 8818 4459

Email: soods@uk.ibm.com

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