IBM Happenings: April 2006

IBM LogoThe month of April had the normal slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and corporate initiatives. Being “tax” month, the company announced a new solution for optimizing tax auditing. IBM’s Tax Audit and Compliance Solution uses advanced analytics to help revenue agencies zero in on questionable tax returns.
There was also a milestone in April. Ten years ago, IBM WebSphere Commerce — then known as Net.Commerce — made its debut at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Thousands of customers later, WebSphere Commerce is one of the best-selling e-commerce applications on the market, running many of the world’s top e-commerce sites. Most of the top 100 online retailers use the middleware to power their Web sites that generate billions of dollars of online revenues. I am sure some will say it was great planning, but those of us who were there at the time know that the "ticket server" for the Olympic Games was an experiment. At about $5m in ticket sales it turned out to be the largest e-commerce site on the web at the time. The first real customer was L.L. Bean, Inc. of Freeport, Maine. Some history of Websphere Commerce can be read here.
The announcements made by the company during the month are below and the complete Index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here.

List of Announcements for April 2006

New IBM software, services drive SOA adoption

IBM’s new software releases and services are targeted toward five SOA starting points as well as a set of industry-specific models to support SOA.

New Linux solutions reduce costs for SMBs

IBM is working with Novell to introduce a first-of-its-kind Linux solution for small and medium businesses based on Linux and other Open Source technologies.

IBM announcements from LinuxWorld

IBM announcements from LinuxWorld were discussed during a teleconference on March 31. Presentation materials are available at:

IBM releases new portal software

IBM WebSphere Portal Version 6.0 simplifies working with composite applications, giving customers the benefits of integrated applications and reusable services.

Study identifies key Chinese companies

Research undertaken by IBM and Fudan University identifies 60 Chinese companies that are best positioned to succeed internationally over the next ten years.

IBM extends consumer electronics security

IBM’s “SecureBlue”, a security architecture that can be built into a microprocessor chip, provides capabilities not yet available in low-cost, consumer electronic products.

Tech leaders to create interoperability spec

BMC Software, Fujitsu Limited, HP and IBM are developing an open, industry-wide specification for sharing information between CMDBs and other data repositories.

IBM solution optimizes tax auditing

IBM’s Tax Audit and Compliance Solution uses advanced analytics to help revenue agencies zero in on questionable tax returns.

Retailer pioneers interior design with IBM

City Furniture has picked IBM to provide services and technology for its new “Academy of Design,” which will allow customers to select interior design plans online.

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