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Retail solutions and secure payment over the Internet are
the principal themes being demonstrated by IBM at the
Electronic Commerce 97 Show (21-23 October). IBM will
demonstrate its enhanced EDI services and ‘IBM
CommercePoint' solutions to highlight the ease with which
businesses can utilise the Internet as a vehicle for
electronic commerce. IBM will be joined by some of its
Business Partners who specialise in providing tailored
e-business solutions.

"The global reach of the Internet has fuelled a demand for
transaction-based applications which will allow
organisations to broaden their trading horizons.
Organisations today recognise the potential of electronic
commerce, but are looking for advice and guidance on how
they can build on their substantial investment in IT and
meld this with new technology. EDI (electronic data
interchange) is one example where IBM has applied its
expertise to help leverage the strengths of this technology
and make it available to a wider audience via the Internet,"
said Jonathan Fleet, marketing communications manager, EMEA,
IBM Global Services.

"IBM is unparalleled in its ability to provide businesses
with a global capability. IBM has been linking businesses
electronically since the early '80s through the IBM Global
Network, the world's largest private managed data network.
As such, it is able to offer its customers a range of
products, services and networked applications, enabling them
to communicate worldwide in a secure manner," he added.









IBM EDI Services The retail solutions demonstrated will
focus on how EDI can be married to Internet technology to
allow an organisation to reach new trading partners. The
service, launched this October under the umbrella term
‘E-commerce: Gateway to the Internet' comprises a number of
components. One of the most fundamental elements being web
application environment.

The web application environment is geared towards large
companies looking to increase the return from their
investment made in EDI by gaining the participation of one
hundred per cent of their trading community. The only
prerequisite for the recipient company is a browser and an
Internet connection. IBM Global Services takes care of the
complexity and provides the connection, delivery and
translation of EDI data.

IBM CommercePOINT Payment Secure payment across the Internet
is made possible through the CommercePOINT Payment, a suite
of end-to-end solutions that enable quick, easy and more
secure credit card commerce on the Internet. CommercePOINT
Payment integrates the Secure Electronic Transaction (SET)
protocol into phases of an electronic commerce transaction
and uses digital certificate technology for the consumer,
the merchant and the acquiring bank's processor, resulting
in a complete, more reliable electronic commerce solution.

IBM Global Services IBM Global Services, headquartered in
Somers, N.Y., provides a full range of information
technology solutions that enable enterprises to lead in
their marketplaces. With 1996 revenues of $22.9 billion and
116,000 professionals in 164 countries, IBM Global Services
is the world's largest, most versatile IT services provider.
Its capabilities range from consulting, outsourcing and
systems integration to product services, education and
training, and global network services. IBM Global Services
works with approximately 100 business partners across all
geographies to deliver comprehensive solutions which will
take advantage of existing and emerging technologies. For
more information about IBM Global Services, visit
http://www.ibm.com/globalnetwork/.

Contact:Jonathan Fleet IBM Global Services IBM UK
(Warwick) 01926 464619

















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