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IBM LogoIt has been a busy week for me here in Los Angeles at the IBM Business Partner Leadership Conference learning about many new announcements from the company and getting to hear visionary guest speakers on a broad range of topics. More stories to come about this over the next few days and weeks. The whole month of April was filled with a slew of IBM announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and strategic alliances. The list of announcements made during the month is below, and the complete Index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here.

List of Announcements for April 2008

IBM to acquire FilesX

FilesX specializes in continuous data protection and nearly instant data and application
recovery software for enterprises and remote/branch offices.

IBM announces new portal software

IBM WebSphere Portal 6.1, new portal software with Web 2.0 support, is designed to securely combine information from both the enterprise and the Web.

IBM launches mashup portfolio for business

IBM Mashup Center allows users to drag and drop mashup components from personal, enterprise and Web sources to easily create and share customized Web applications in minutes.

IBM moves closer to new class of memory

Two papers by IBM Researchers published in the April 11 issue of Science describe both the fundamentals of a technology dubbed “racetrack” memory as well as a milestone in that technology.

IBM unveils new services for SOA

IBM unveiled new services and advanced tools to help customers better focus on the crucial architectural decisions when implementing a service-oriented architecture.

IBM unveils energy-efficient supercomputer

The new Power 575 supercomputer, equipped with IBM’s latest POWER6 microprocessor, uses water-chilled copper plates located above each microprocessor to remove heat from the electronics.

IBM reports 2008 first-quarter results

IBM announced first-quarter 2008 diluted earnings of $1.65 per share from continuing operations compared with diluted earnings of $1.21 per share in the first quarter of 2007, an increase of 36 percent as reported.

IBM study addresses growth through social responsibility

A recent study by IBM’s Institute for Business Value shows that corporate leaders are taking a fresh, strategic look at their companies’ effects on the planet and society.

IBM game to kick off Earth Day celebrations

PowerUp, created by IBM Research, is the official game of “America’s largest Earth Day celebration.”

Japan Airlines to upgrade with IBM mainframe

IBM Japan will update the reservation and ticketing systems of Japan Airlines International Co., Ltd., by going live with an IBM mainframe and z/TPF V1.1 software.

Country Energy to development Intelligent Network

Country Energy, manager of Australia’s largest power network, announced a collaboration with IBM aimed at developing and deploying an Intelligent Network in Australia.

IBM report details strategy for security and commerce

“Global Movement Management: Strengthening Commerce, Security and Resiliency in Today’s Networked World,” provides detailed recommendations for policymakers, companies, and governments to enhance global economic security and resiliency.

IBM acquires Diligent Technologies

Diligent develops in-line data de-duplication software that is integrated with server and storage infrastructures to help organizations reduce the amount of physical storage required in data centers.

IBM debuts iDataPlex

The new category of server addresses the technology needs of companies that use Web 2.0-style computing to operate massive data centers with tens of thousands of servers.

IBM, FDF enlist SOA for command and control system

IBM will team with the Finnish Defense Forces to develop a new industry framework to help military organizations better integrate their command and control systems.

Cetelem signs services agreement with IBM

Cetelem, a subsidiary of BNP-Paribas, has invested US$ 2.8 million in IT services with IBM.

Cars.com selects IBM to drive growth

Cars.com has selected IBM software to drive a multi-year SOA project to accelerate its rapid business growth by delivering information on demand to car shoppers and advertisers.

IBM acquires InfoDyne

IBM has acquired InfoDyne Corporation. InfoDyne software enables trading firms and other venues to process exploding data volumes at microsecond response rates.

IBM announces new solutions for mid-sized companies

Additions to the Express Advantage portfolio address the need for business continuity solutions including a security-rich offsite data backup and recovery service and an e-mail continuity and archiving service.

IBM helps clients measure green IT progress

The new offerings help clients establish energy efficiency goals, optimize for energy efficiency and measure and verify their green IT progress across the enterprise.

IBM launches data center skills program

IBM will develop a new Business Partner program that will help clients move to new enterprise data centers, which are dramatically more energy efficient, virtualized, secure and resilient.

IBM taps Hollywood for new ideas

IBM scientists met with students and alumni of the USC School of Cinematic Arts to explore how combining creative vision with science and technology might fuel novel solutions to the most pressing problems and opportunities of our time.