IBM Global Services will develop an end-to-end infrastructure that tie Shell's retail operations to the company's back-office systems.
The solution, which is in the "pilot project" stage, includes wireless connectivity and Internet-based systems. IBM will also deploy retail- and vertical-market systems from Silicon Energy, Echelon, CP Technology Company and R&D Technology Solutions.
This is IBM Global Service's third major deal this year with Shell Oil and its parent company, Royal Dutch Shell. A January deal involved IBM eServer clusters running Linux and seismic research applications, and a July agreement called for IBM to support Shell Oil's MegaCentre data-processing facilities. --Joseph C. Panettieri, Smart Partner