IBM Signs Pacts for E-business Solutions in China
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International Business Machines Corp. signed strategic agreements with the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry and key industry partners to expand the development and use of e-business solutions in China.
The agreements also will advance open standards for network computing in China and create new Chinese versions of key e-business software tools.
These new solutions will be based on IBM's Network Computing Framework and Java technology. IBM also will work with local companies and developers on Chinese versions of JavaOS for Business, Lotus Notes/Domino, VisualAge for Java, eSuite, and IBM San Francisco business application components.
"Software applications, and, in particular Java, are focal points of today's agreement between the MII and IBM," said Zhang Qi, director general of China's MII. "In our efforts to further economic growth as well as the growth of Information Technology, the MII encourages the cooperation between domestic and international companies."
IBM announced in April that it had become the first international provider of e-business services in China, extending total e-business technology and applications to strategic sites in the country, as well as announcing major initiatives with China Telecom.