IBM Releases E-Business WebSphere Software in the Mid-East
Global Computer major IBM recently launched its e-business WebSphere software in the Middle East, and the company intends to strengthen Arabic support for the product.
WebSphere Software Platform 2000 assists companies in the integration of their operations on the Internet and in the connection with third parties such as customers, trading partners, suppliers and other business networks, Gulf News reported. WebSphere is a new, universal Internet software platform that can support any kind of e-business (from startup to megasite) with the ability to adapt to various goals, strategies and needs.
"Our software has the Arabic support in all layers and we plan to double software support services by strengthening local skill development, " conveyed Tarek Niazi, IBM's Regional Manager for software in the Middle East and Africa.
IBM investment hit more than $1 billion, with a significant amount going to the
Middle East where the company aims to double software support activities and
channels. The funding will enable the company to hire more than 1,000 sales
agents, marketers and engineers for its WebSphere business efforts.
IBM's Cairo office will serve as the base for delivering IBM's Arabic support and integration program. In the Middle East, the Jafli Mall in Saudi Arabia currently utilizes WebSphere, as do banks in Morocco and the GCC States.
Giga Information Group recently forecasted that the market opportunity in Web Integration middle-ware should hit $1.6 billion in 2000, and $9 billion by 2003. Giga estimates that, by the end of the year, IBM will boast a 24 percent market share, doubling its 1999 share.
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