The 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
New Linux solutions reduce costs for SMBs
IBM announcements from LinuxWorld
IBM releases new portal software
Study identifies key Chinese companies
IBM extends consumer electronics security
Tech leaders to create interoperability spec
IBM solution optimizes tax auditing
Retailer pioneers interior design with IBM