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IBM Unveils New Line of PCs for e-Business

Posted April 15, 1998

— Internet business is expected to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in the next few years. IBM just announced a broad range of new computers to help companies become competitive in e-business. As WRAL OnLine reporter Tom Lawrence explains, Research Triangle Park is critical to IBM's success in the venture.

That's where many of the new computers IBM announced today roll off the assembly line.Netfinity serversfor small and large businesses are put together by skilled workers in the RTP plant.

Business is moving to the Internet and RTPs Robert Moffat sats IBM hopes to solve problems with advanced technology and more."The service and support to be able to put that in to a customer and really make that customer concentrate on their business as opposed to concentrate on whether it's x number of megahertz or that number of bytes, etc."The computer business is very competitive and IBM has been criticized for being slow to respond to the market. That is changing."This is IBMs most advanced computer assembly line. People work in teams making production more efficient, allowing the line to build machines quickly and change models faster.""Allows us to quickly turn our assets which is the fundamental thing to getting price out in the marketplace for our customers."IBM itself uses e-business with a new web site as part of the strategy. Consumers and businesses can check out products, order online, get technical assistance; even link to IBM business partners.

As e-business grows IBM in the Triangle hopes to grow with it.

Several new IBM computers are built around Intel's most powerful Pentium processors running at 400 megahertz speeds. The new line was introduced Wednesday in New York City.


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