IBS Software Services Joins IBM’s `ISV Advantage for Industries Initiative’

Atlanta, Georgia, October 10, 2006: IBS Software Services, an IBS Group company and aleading provider of IT solutions to the global travel, transportation and logistics industries hasjoined IBM’s ‘ISV Advantage for Industries’ initiative, a program designed to provide independentsolution vendors (ISVs) with technical and marketing support to help meet the specific needs oftravel and transportation companies. Customers are seeking industry-specific solutions that helpthem better integrate processes and applications, which will allow them to quickly respond tochanging market opportunities.

Under this agreement, IBM and IBS will work together to promote, implement, and operate theiCargo system for airline customers. A total cargo logistics management system, iCargo has thefunctionality to fully support the requirements of all players in the logistics chain from shipper toconsignee in all aspects of cargo logistics. Release 1.0 of iCargo addressed the core processes ofcargo reservations, capacity control, rating, load planning and consignment tracking whileRelease 2.0 will offer the GHA functionality.

IBS iCargo will be enabled on IBM’s WebSphere Application Server on AIX, WebSphere MQ andDB2 Universal Database middleware platforms.

“We are delighted to have IBM team with IBS to bring the advantages of iCargo to passengerand cargo airlines. This agreement further reinforces our vision towards making iCargo theindustry leader and standard for the future” said Larry Mays, Senior Vice President, CargoLine of Business (Worldwide) – IBS Software Services.

The ISV Advantage for Industries program provides extended benefits for select global industryISVs adopting IBM’s solutions and committing to go to market with IBM for a majority of theirbusiness. IBM’s ISV Advantage for Industries provides a growth path for ISVs who want a deeperrelationship with IBM.

“We look forward to working closely with IBS to deliver customized air cargo solutions for theTravel and Transportation industry”, said Raul A. Arce, Vice President – IBM Travel andTransportation Industry. “IBS iCargo’ industry leading applications, coupled with IBM’s openand integrated middleware platform provides comprehensive solutions that cargo and logisticscustomers demand today. Companies in this competitive industry are seeking solutions to helpthem better integrate processes and applications to quickly respond to changing marketopportunities.”

ISV Advantage for Industries is administered by IBM’s PartnerWorld, the developer resource forIBM Business Partners. It is a worldwide program designed to help software developers reachbroader markets, lower their costs of doing business, and take their products to market faster.