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IBM Helps Customers Work Smarter With New Offerings To Improve Productivity And Reduce Costs

Industry-focused initiative to help companies improve individual and business performance

ARMONK, N.Y., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE:IBM) today launched new software and services to help clients build collaborative and connected business environments to harness the rapid marketplace shifts that are transforming how they work.

The new IBM offerings are designed to help clients across industries embrace rather than resist the unprecedented changes in today's marketplace and use them to their advantage. They address three critical challenges faced by business leaders around the world: making business processes more responsive and easier to change; improving collaboration within and beyond their organizations; and using technology to meet business needs quickly.

"With increasing pressures on the cost, speed and efficiency of doing business, working smarter is not merely an option -- it has become a matter of survival," said Steve Mills, Senior Vice President, IBM Software. "Creating organizations that are agile, collaborative and connected is one of the key objectives of IBM's Smarter Planet initiative. Using IBM software, businesses can harnesses the collective wisdom of their organizations and capitalize on the insights provided by an increasingly intelligent, instrumented world."

New Industry Frameworks to speed client value and deployment

IBM is announcing new offerings designed to help businesses make their processes more agile, responsive and easier to change while supporting increased collaboration between workers and those processes. New industry frameworks initially targeted at four industries - banking, chemical/ petroleum, energy and government - help customers benefit from decades of IBM industry experience and include a configurable software platform, industry assets and best practices. The frameworks, designed to be turnkey software modules that match specific industry needs, enable faster business solution deployment with lower project cost risk, expanded choice through a validated ecosystem of partners, and accelerated adoption of business IT standards.

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