IBM Happenings: April 2009

IBM LogoThe month of April was another busy one at IBM with a flurry of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and strategic alliances. The complete index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here. The major focus area continues to be a "smarter planet". (See Sam Palmisano’s letter to investors for the full story on why the company is so optimistic). The Internet has made the world much smaller and "flatter” and now the next turn of the crank will make the world "smarter". IBM has a vision about introducing intelligence into the way the world actually works — into the systems and processes that enable goods to be developed, manufactured, sold, bought, transported, and serviced.
In the "transportation" category, IBM sees increasing demand on rail systems in the U.S. and around the world that will dramatically strain existing rail infrastructure. IBM has released a new study, "The Smarter Railroad," that analyzes new approaches to modernize and build high-speed rail networks around the world. Findings from the report show that there are significant challenges including capacity and congestion; operational efficiency, reliability, safety and security. Otherwise things are fine!
The report highlights emerging technologies that will help rail companies instrument, analyze and manage rail networks and equipment in real-time. By putting sensors on train locomotives, freight and tank cars, at train stations and on the tracks, it is possible to build a new rail infrastructure that can meet dramatically increasing demand for rail transportation. Even meeting current demand is a challenge — forty cents of every revenue dollar is spent maintaining the rail system. IBM plans to kindle collaboration among the many different stakeholders, including the rail companies, shippers, car owners, travel agents, municipalities, and the various intermodal carriers and customers. IBM is putting a lot of muscle behind the rail infrastructure and is getting good results already For example, Netherlands Railways, one of the busiest national railway networks in Europe, is using IBM software to manage more than 5,000 trains in the Netherlands through a network of 390 stations and 2,800 kilometers of track. The "smart" transportation system is improving the on-time performance for more than one million passengers per day by more accurately matching the number of trains in service to expected user traffic.

List of Announcements for April 2009

IBM to help Parma become a smarter city

Parma is planning citizen-focused innovations that will provide new “intelligence” for existing infrastructure to optimize resources and make the city more efficient.

IBM delivers LotusLive Engage

IBM LotusLive Engage includes profile and contact management, online meetings, file sharing, instant messaging, and lightweight project management capabilities.

Sainsbury’s to transform supply chain with IBM

The IBM solution will help Sainsbury’s and its approximately 4,000 suppliers find smarter ways of managing overall supply chain performance.

OMRON, IBM collaborate on green transportation

OMRON Corporation and IBM are working together to provide solutions that lower energy use, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase efficiency in transportation operations.

EnergyAustralia, IBM unite for smart grid

EnergyAustralia announced an agreement with IBM for the implementation of an energy network monitoring and control solution.

IBM unveils prototype of fastest financial analysis system

IBM Research collaborated with TD Securities to achieve a 21 times performance improvement on the volume of data consumed by financial trading systems.

IBM announces Sustainable Procurement offering

The IBM Sustainable Procurement offering is designed to help clients define cost, efficiency and sustainability measurements and goals for their procurement activities.

IBM introduces new analytics and optimization services

IBM Business Analytics and Optimization Services will draw on the company’s expertise to help clients both improve the speed and quality of business decisions.

IBM expands SOA partner offerings

IBM announced plans for new social media tools, education programs and technologies targeted at the service oriented architecture business partner community.

IBM establishes cloud computing lab in Hong Kong

The new facility will provide a global hub for Web-based messaging services to support IBM’s emerging LotusLive cloud service portfolio.

IBM study explores demand for smarter rail systems

According to the study, called “The Smarter Railroad,” increasing demand on rail systems in the U.S. will dramatically strain existing rail infrastructure.

IBM helps drive curriculum change for a smarter planet

IBM is collaborating with more than 250 universities in 50 countries that are offering courses or degree programs in Service Science, Management and Engineering.

IBM system to challenge humans on Jeopardy!

IBM’s advanced computing system will be able to compete with humans on Jeopardy! A YouTube video clip may be seen here [2:29].

New IBM appliance delivers enterprise cloud services

IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance provides access to software virtual images and patterns that can be used as is or customized.

IBM to open network of advanced analytics centers

IBM announced a significant expansion of its capabilities around business analytics with plans to open a network of Analytics Solution Centers around the world.

IBM financing accelerates infrastructure initiatives

IBM is adding a financing component to its efforts towards the development of smart, industry-leading technology solutions tied to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

IBM to help combat drug counterfeiting

IBM and Golden State Medical Supply are helping drug companies comply with stringent prescription drug pedigree regulations in advance of state and federal mandates.

IBM partners gain dynamic infrastructure accreditation

IBM announced that 25 Business Partners have gained certification for the IBM Dynamic Infrastructure Specialty Program.

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