SEATTLE PICKS IBM AS E-COMMERCE CONSULTANT
The Port of Seattle has named IBM as a technology consultant to integrate e-business strategy between the port and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The initial $2 million contract, which began Aug. 20, calls for IBM to provide a team of 80 consultants.
Seattle’s port commissioners in June authorized $10.7 million for software, hardware, and related costs. Five pilot e-commerce projects covered by the IBM contract are due for completion next January.
“We believe we can implement them relatively quickly, and in the process learn more about e-business technology to guide our priorities for the next projects we take on,” said Kottayam V. Natarajan, Jr., director of e-business development for the port of Seattle.
The Port may negotiate additional contracts as its e-business initiative continues.