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 July 21, 1999

 On July 21, to help small and medium businesses realize the competitive advantages of adopting e-business solutions, IBM announced the availability of e-business Accelerator, an affordable online consulting tool designed to help customers make timely, well-informed, critical business decisions about
harnessing the Web for business advantage. Delivered by IBM Global Services via the Internet, IBM e-business Accelerator provides reliable information, unbiased consulting advice and customized assessments. Early pilots of the offering provided customers information that helped to streamline operations, increase productivity and reduce total operational costs.
"I was looking for information and advice on how to become an e-business," said Paul Linares, a customer involved in the pilot program. "IBM's e-business Accelerator provided evaluation tools that gave automatic and prompt feedback on my company's readiness to become an e-business, as well as timely answers to specific questions that I posed to consultants."
The solution includes a comprehensive, scaleable set of services - explore, investigate, engage, assess and plan packages - that coincide with the different stages of e-business development. The packages include a complete range of customized services - from assistance in exploring new e-business market opportunities to help in designing an e-business strategy.