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Ingram Micro adds muscle to Boeing's integration model

By Jack Sweeney, Editor

If Ingram Micro Inc. gets its way, an innovative government supply contract with Boeing Information Services will become the blueprint for how systems integrators supply configured computers to their customers worldwide.

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Will Businesses Put AOL Back Online?

Newly launched AOL Enterprise targets business users and their corporate dollars

By Shannon Henry
Staff Writer

When Mark Walsh was enlisted to tailor America Online's offerings to meet the needs of business customers, he worried that commercial users would turn away and scoff, "My 14-year-old uses that."

It turns out that business people want simple-to-use intranets just like consumers want no-brainer e-mail, chat rooms and World Wide Web access, said Walsh, an AOL senior vice president. Corporate workers have other things to think about, he said.

Just three months ago, Walsh officially started AOL Enterprise, the business-to-business unit of the online services company. Walsh has been quiet so far about his project, in part, he said, because AOL had to make sure it had a market to pursue. "We launched in stealth mode," Walsh said in an interview.

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