IBM opens e-business prototyping center

IBM on Monday unveiled an IBM Design Center for e-business infrastructure, a 3,000-square-foot, US$2 million facility for IBM technical experts to host workshops for customers and collaborate with them to design and prototype e-business systems.

Opened at the IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory, which celebrated its 25th anniversary Monday, the design center is patterned after similar facilities in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., France, and Japan.

"This is a milestone event for us," said Tom Rosamilla, IBM vice president of World Wide Data Management Development, at the lab.

"Opening our design center is really a chance for us to move forward," he said.

IBM will work with customers at the site, he stressed.

"It isn't really how quickly I can get an application piloted, it's how quickly I can get an application up and running," Rosamilla said.

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