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LinuxWorld.au: Westpac Tightlipped on Secret Penguin Business

Oct 30, 2002, 21:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julian Bajkowski)

"Only a week after Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer hit Australian shores to appease twitchy customers, IBM has jetted in its chief Linux salesman John Vitkus in a concerted effort to open the hearts, minds and wallets of Australian banks and financial institutions to penguin-flavoured solutions.

"Officially, Vitkus' presence is part of a greater Asia-Pacific region Linux roadshow, with Australia a routine stop; however, IBM confirmed its 'worldwide program director Linux sales' had held talks lasting six hours with Australia's oldest bank last week. Both Westpac and IBM refused to disclose if any agreements 'in principal or otherwise', had been reached, with Westpac citing a 'media blackout' due to an imminent financial results announcement.

"Vitkus is also understood to have held discussions with local Deutsche Bank IT representatives..."

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