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IBM LogoApril was a busy beginning for the second quarter at IBM. The IBM announcements for April are below and the complete index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here.

List of Announcements for April 2005

IBM introduces SOA services

The new services will assist customers with specific aspects of an SOA including planning, design, implementation and management.

IBM and NetApp announce alliance

IBM and Network Appliance announced a strategic relationship to drive information on demand solutions and to expand IBM’s portfolio of storage solutions.

Dana selects IBM for HR Services

IBM and Dana Corporation announced the signing of an agreement for IBM to provide human resource administrative services.

Commerzbank AG chooses IBM storage technology

Commerzbank is consolidating its storage infrastructure by replacing more than 100 EMC and HP storage devices with 13 IBM TotalStorage DS8000 systems.

Volvo selects IBM supercomputer for crash simulation

The new system, expected to become one of the automotive industry’s fastest Linux clusters, will allow engineers to collaborate on a worldwide platform.

IBM announces new ultraportable notebook

The ThinkPad X41 ultraportable notebook is IBM’s lightest and smallest ThinkPad with a built-in fingerprint reader.

IBM reports 2005 first-quarter results

IBM announced first-quarter 2005 diluted earnings per common share of $.85 from continuing operations as reported, including the effect of expensing share-based compensation, an increase of 8 percent compared with the first quarter of 2004.

National Geographic, IBM launch Genographic Project

The Genographic Project will use analysis of DNA contributed by hundreds of thousands of people to trace the migratory history of the human species.

IBM, Sanyo demonstrate fuel cell prototype

IBM and SANYO Electric have developed a prototype fuel cell system that could supply up to 8 hours of power per cartridge on current and future ThinkPad models.

NCAR selects Blue Gene for weather simulation

The National Center for Atmospheric Research has acquired an IBM Blue Gene supercomputer to simulate ocean, weather, and climate phenomena.

IBM offers analysis services to auto industry

IBM’s “Parametric Analysis Center” for automotive service delivers insight into vehicle operation by analyzing data from in-car electronic components.

IBM bolsters WebSphere integration software

IBM announced enhanced versions of its WebSphere business integration software that address the usability needs of small and mid-sized businesses, large enterprises and Business Partners.

UAE taps IBM to improve road safety

IBM Engineering & Technology Services will build an infrastructure featuring a state-of-the art telematics device that will give the UAE the ability to improve road safety and prevent accidents.

Fox, IBM to enable next generation digital broadcasting

Fox Entertainment Group and IBM Research will co-develop metro coding technology, a breakthrough method that enables content protection based on Defined Market Areas (DMAs).

IBM introduces new autonomic computing offerings

IBM’s Policy Management for Autonomic Computing and the IBM Touchpoint Simulator allow developers to simplify development and management of their autonomic systems and products.

IBM, Welsh Development Agency establish PLM Centre of Excellence

The new centre will provide small and medium-sized Welsh businesses with an unparalleled opportunity to accelerate and improve product development and lifecycle management.

IBM, UPMC sign health care transformation agreement

IBM and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have entered into an eight-year, $402 million agreement to address some of the biggest problems facing health care today.

IBM to acquire Healthlink Incorporated

IBM will acquire Healthlink Incorporated, the foremost healthcare process improvement and information technology consulting services company in the US.

IBM to prototype medical information exchange system

IBM’s new Interoperable Health Information Infrastructure is designed to allow the first on demand ecosystem in the healthcare industry.

NASCO awards IBM five-year extension

IBM will continue to support NASCO’s systems infrastructure, helping NASCO process claims faster as a benefit for insurance customers.

Pathmark extends IBM services contract

Pathmark has awarded IBM a seven-year IT services contract that extends a full array of vital back office and in-store support.

SAP and IBM expand partnership

SAP and IBM have integrated new features into the latest version of DB2 that enhance deployment, maintenance and availability in a scalable architecture.