June 27, 2002

YKK selects Linux-dedicated IBM eServer for new e-business infrastructure

IBM today announced that YKK (U.S.A.)
Inc., the world's largest zipper manufacturer, has chosen IBM, eOne Group
and Linux for a new e-business infrastructure that will improve service for
its U.S. customers.
YKK selected the IBM eServer iSeries offering for Linux -- an aggressively
priced and easy-to-manage Linux server specifically for small and
medium-sized businesses -- and IBM Business Partner eOne Group's
eOneCommerce application to create a new Web portal that allows YKK's U.S.
customers to check inventory, securely place orders, track and review order
status and history, and access a variety of links including an online
product catalog.

The IBM eServer iSeries offering for Linux uses IBM's advanced
virtualization technology to help customers reduce cost and complexity by
consolidating Linux and Windows servers in up to 15 Linux partitions on a
single physical server. It supports the SuSE, TurboLinux and Red Hat
distributions of Linux and includes an installation wizard for rapid
deployment. The iSeries Linux server is intended for infrastructure
applications such as firewall, Web serving, file and print serving, and
mail serving. YKK is using SuSE Linux Enterprise Edition 7 on their

"Our new customer service portal is a first for YKK in the U.S., so it was
critical that we made the right choice for our customers," said Sara
Carnell, director of operations, YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. "We explored several
options before going with the e-business solution from IBM and eOne Group.
IBM's Linux server running eOneCommerce gives us the scalable, flexible and
secure Web site we need, and it also was very affordable."

"The innovative IBM eServer iSeries offering for Linux appealed to YKK
because it supports Linux in multiple partitions on the same box," said
Buell Duncan, general manager, IBM eServer iSeries. "With our IBM Business
Partners eOne Group and Levi, Ray & Shoup, we are committed to helping YKK
put some teeth into its e-business infrastructure."

"IBM's iSeries running Linux and eOneCommerce is the ideal platform for
YKK," said Dan Watson, president of eOne Group. "The solution is easy for
YKK to manage and, most importantly, easy for YKK's U.S. customers to use."

About YKK (U.S.A.) Inc.
YKK (U.S.A.) Inc., a subsidiary of YKK Group of Japan, was established in
1960 and is now the number one supplier of fasteners in the U.S.. In Macon,
Georgia, 12 manufacturing facilities produce YKK USA zippers in 1,500
styles, in 427 standard colors, and in as many special colors as customers
require. YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. controls every step of its manufacturing process
to ensure quick response, prompt delivery and the highest possible quality
at the lowest possible cost. YKK's worldwide network includes locations in
50+ countries and liaison relationships throughout the globe.

About eOne Group
eOne Group LLC is a provider of Internet e-commerce products and
integration services. eOne Group serves both business-to-business and
business-to-consumers throughout the United States. Their expertise
encompasses all facets of the interactive Web content arena, from
feature-rich online shopping applications to enterprise-level Web
integration. eOne Group LLC customers include Tommy Hilfiger, Omaha Steaks,
BIC Pens and many other high Internet volume activity sites. eOne Group LLC
is headquartered in Omaha, Neb. eOne Group worked with IBM Business Partner
Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc., of Springfield, Ill., to complete the YKK sale.

About IBM eServer
IBM offers a full line of data transaction, web application and appliance
servers that embrace industry standards. Powered by breakthroughs such as
microprocessors with copper wiring and Silicon-on-Insulator technology, IBM
servers have captured industry leading benchmarks that measure
transactions, web serving capabilities and performance in software
applications. The IBM eServer line is an integral part of customized,
flexible and scalable Internet solutions for companies of all sizes. Linux
is capable of running on IBM's entire eServer line.

Information on IBM eServer is available at http://www.ibm.com/eserver. IBM
news releases and fact sheets are available at http://www.ibm.com. The IBM
eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the
following descriptive term "server" following it. The following are either
trademarks or registered of International Business Machines Corporation in
the United States or other countries or both: IBM, the IBM e-business logo
and iSeries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All others
are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


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