SOURCE: IBM

March 31, 2005 09:53 ET

Arlington Computers Sees Bright Future With IBM and Lenovo

IBM Business Partner to Support Carthage College in ThinkVantage Technology Deployment

BUFFALO GROVE, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 31, 2005 -- Carthage College, a private liberal arts and sciences college in the Midwest, has deployed new ThinkPad R series notebooks to 80 percent of its faculty, IBM and Arlington Computers announced today. Arlington Computers Chief Executive Officer Arly Guenther expects to bring more value to customer Carthage College as IBM Personal Computing Division and Lenovo join forces worldwide.

IBM leadership in the delivery of advanced technologies and world-class service and support has helped create a long-standing partnership with ACP, says Guenther. Now, with the combination of two powerful brands, a balanced portfolio of offerings and leading research and development capabilities, Guenther says he is confident ACP's relationship with Lenovo will continue to thrive.

"IBM and Lenovo have a clear vision of the future of PCs and of how to provide the best total solution for customers," said Guenther. "With the joining of these two powerhouses, customers will benefit from broader product and services choices and the same great technical staff to support their needs. The possibilities on the horizon are exciting."

A Premier Partner of IBM, ACP uses IBM products and services coupled with its own service and logistics offerings to ensure high customer satisfaction and long-term customers from varied industries and market segments, including Small and Medium Businesses. In addition, ACP helps customers deploy IBM ThinkVantage Technologies.

"IBM ThinkVantage Technologies have proven to be incredibly valuable to our customers," said Guenther. "The ability for users to customize and manage IT functions, such as wireless connectivity and security patch deployment, not only keeps their businesses up and running, but also helps mitigate unnecessary service and support costs."

Aside from PC products and technologies, ACP is also an authorized reseller of the IBM eServer pSeries high-end server and the DS TotalStorage product line.

Supporting Carthage College

Carthage College, located between Chicago and Milwaukee on the Lake Michigan shore, values IBM's efficient service and support for its ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops, acquired through the college's IT service provider ACP and used by students and faculty across campus.

"Because Carthage is a private college with a lean IT staff, we require reliable hardware and great technical support to meet our needs," said Carol Sabbar, Director of Computer Services, Carthage College. "IBM ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops provide durable, high-quality hardware that greatly surpasses that of any other vendor the college has dealt with."

Beginning next fall, Carthage plans to deploy IBM Rescue and Recovery, an IBM ThinkVantage Technology, which is a one-button recovery solution enabling users to recover previously saved data from software failures even if the operating system fails. The solution is particularly relevant for students and faculty housing course plans and projects on personal computing systems.

About Arlington Computers

ACP provides creative IT solutions, encompassing the full life cycle of information technology products. Headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Ill., with additional offices in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee, for the past 20 years ACP has served corporate America with leading technology solutions and products. ACP is adept at helping customers lower their overall "total cost of ownership" of technology. Their mission statement is to "Provide a competitive advantage for our customers, by providing an uncompromising level of service and support. For more information, see www.arlingtoncp.com.

About IBM ThinkVantage Technologies

Soon to join the Lenovo Group, IBM ThinkPad notebook and ThinkCentre desktop personal computers utilizing IBM ThinkVantage Technologies are designed to create a competitive advantage that helps businesses and individuals succeed. These tools help make ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops less dependent on IT staff or user intervention for basic tasks such deployment, backup, maintenance and security, freeing up users and IT staff to focus on competitive advantages in their business. Additional information can be found at www.ibm.com/think.

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IBM, ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and ThinkVantage are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corp.

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