IBM drives into Gitex equipped for e-business

IBM is reiterating its e-business leadership mantra at this year’s Gitex. Big Blue has broken down its stand into five zones covering hardware, software, services, solutions and innovations — technologies from IBM’s research & development labs.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  October 6, 2002

IBM is reiterating its e-business leadership mantra at this year’s Gitex. Big Blue has broken down its stand into five zones covering hardware, software, services, solutions and innovations — technologies from IBM’s research & development labs.

Pervasive computing is once again going to be a core topic for IBM, as it demonstrates its MetaPad, the world’s smallest PC — users can fit the MetaPad into a shirt pocket.

The machine is basically an evolution of the wearable PC that was showcased at Gitex 1999.

Gitex is also going to see the return of the e-Car, which debuted last year. The Porsche Boxster that was sat on IBM’s stand at Gitex 2001 had all the usual features plus a few optional extras. The car is loaded with software including WebSphere Everyplace Suite, the IBM MicroDrive, a compact high-performance disk drive, VisualAge Micro Edition and the Via Voice speech recognition software.

This year Big Blue is threatening to bring a Honda Accord to the showcase its telematic technologies. Also using the vendor’s ViaVoice software IBM has created a ‘voice enabled intelligent driver assistance system.’

Underlying IBM’s pervasive technologies, the vendor is touting its usual arsenal of high end computing hardware across a variety of platforms. The vendor will showcase solutions for Windows, AIX, Linux and OS/400. There will be a number of new products from the hardware and software divisions of Big Blue.

Taking centre stage on IBM’s stand is the p630 eServer an entry level Unix machine, which boasts high scalability and mainframe derived technology.

There will also be demonstrations of IBM software products including the WebSphere application services platform, Lotus collaboration and messaging technology, as well as its next generation database, DB2 version 8.

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