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Integrate to Innovate-the integration of the information age

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National #4


Feb - Aug

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BWN Spotlights Amdahl Corporation, a leading systems integrator for the world's most compute-intensive corporations and governments. David Wright gives us an inside look from a CEO's perspective.

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In today's competitive business environment, the ability to build and integrate technology and information into systems that deliver an ongoing business advantage, is just what all successful companies look for. But finding the company with the right mix and capabilities to deliver this, is the challenge of the world's most compute intensive organizations. "Provide customers with solutions to their business challenges and the result will be a seamless transition into the next Millennium", says one organization investigated by Business World News.

The company is called Amdahl Corporation, and from what we've found, they build world-class technology infrastructures upon which today's leading companies base their futures. It's no doubt that technology will be the driving force behind the success of most companies in this next Millennium, but how they utilize and integrate this technology will decide their fates. We spoke to a giant in the information technology world. Founded in 1970 and employing more than 12,000 people in 33 countries, Amdahl is hailed as a trusted advisor to the Mega-corporations driving industry and commerce.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, Amdahl Corporation has the unique capability to leverage a legacy of technology and expertise in providing business infrastructure solutions for global organizations. Providing these organizations with the ability to migrate and replicate enterprise-wide data with no application downtime is an attribute very few can boast.

The combination of leading edge technologies, worldwide deployment expertise and global support structures, provides a true single source for business and technical leverage that will define and support the leading companies of the new Millennium. And as every major corporation strategically tries to position itself to meet the demands placed on them by a growing competitive environment, companies possessing the ability to provide this support will undoubtedly set themselves apart.

Our visit to the Amdahl Corporation has came after an arduous selection process. Admittedly, while there are quite a few companies in this industry purporting to have similar capabilities, none came close enough to earn the distinction this corporation has over the last thirty years.

The next generation of e-business solutions will probably be characterized by those companies able to become architects of an age where electronic solutions are our primary remedy. And if you believe this to be the case, then the prowess and capabilities displayed by Amdahl in our investigation, are evidence enough to understand why they are held in such high esteem by corporations such as Microsoft, Intel, Sun Micro Systems and Oracle Corporation.

Although it's still extremely early in the Internet's development it is believed that it may soon offer trillions of dollars of opportunity to businesses. A recent study by the University of Texas reckons that the Internet economy, including revenues from e-commerce, software and infrastructure, will climb to over $700 billion in the year 2000. Compared with the expected $340 billion, or 4% growth in the US GDP, the Internet is expected to a majestic 70% growth from 1999 to 2000.

The future of e-business is intertwined with that of software and services companies. And as the future holds vast opportunity for these companies, they continue to consistently redefine not only the way business is done, but also how we shop, communicate, advertise, entertain ourselves and manage our finances. Although e-companies embody wildly different business models, the long-term success of the Internet revolution depends on their innovations.

In a perfect world innovation would create a virtual cycle, with faster networks driving more e-commerce, creating a need for even better networks. When corporations like Amdahl are able to set the example by consistently improving the base standard upon which e-business is conducted, it becomes understandable why so many predictions and grand projections are made by the industry experts.