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New IBM Offerings Help Midsize Companies Work Smarter

Recent IBM Study of Midmarket CIOs Shows Making Better Use of Data is Top Competitive Priority

IBM has introduced new services, software and systems for midsize companies that can help them gain actionable insight, increase productivity, and improve collaboration.

IBM is introducing Cognos Express business intelligence software, an analytics solution designed for companies with 100 to 1,000 employees.

Also being introduced is a new offering from IBM Global Technology Services, the IBM Storage Optimization and Integration Services - transformation strategy - rapid. In addition, two existing products IBM Mashup Center, and Lotus Live Engage, have been certified by IBM as "Midmarket Ready." Recently, IBM also introduced a new storage system, the IBM System Storage DS5020 Express, and updated the SurePOS 500 Express point-of-sale solution.

Cognos Express is designed to deliver essential business intelligence and planning capabilities purpose built for midsize companies. To read more about Cognos Express please see this news release. In addition, a virtual event will be held on Sept. 29 providing an in-depth look at IBM Cognos Express with product demonstrations that showcase the full range of its reporting, analysis and planning capabilities. Register here.

Cognos Express helps medium-size companies turn data into actionable insight which is a top priority for midmarket CIOs looking to improve their companies' competitiveness, according to a new IBM Global CIO survey of midsize companies.

After business intelligence, midmarket company CIOs listed virtualization solutions, risk management and collaboration technologies as their top technology concerns.

IBM conducted 158 in person interviews with midmarket CIOs from January through April 2009 to understand their issues, priorities, and views on the role of IT. The sample includes CIOs from 31 countries across a range of industries.

"These new offerings hit all the critical areas identified by midsize company CIOs including technology that will help them more effectively use information to enhance competitiveness, improve collaboration and increase efficiency," said Marc Dupaquier, IBM general manager of the global mid market.

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