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IBM LogoI am a bit late in posting the August "IBM Happenings". The month of August is slow in some parts of the world and at some companies but at IBM it was filled with a slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and corporate initiatives. I am particularly excited about IBM’s growing leadership in the healthcare area. 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 August 2006

IBM to acquire FileNet

FileNet is a leading provider of business process and content management solutions. The acquisition builds upon IBM’s Information on Demand initiative.

IBM expands System z support for SAP

IBM’s System z9 Advantage for SAP Applications provides customers with an advantage in implementing and running SAP applications on the mainframe platform.

IBM delivers new System i offering

The IBM System i Capacity BackUp Editions help businesses protect against system downtime and improve regulatory compliance.

IBM boosts storage systems for SMBs

IBM’s new DS4200 Express will help clients more easily implement tiered data storage environments while offering robust data protection and duplication features.

IBM taps RFID for pharma industry

The IBM RFID system for pharmaceutical track and trace uses blended RFID software and services to track the movement of drugs through the supply chain.

IBM unveils new open source initiatives

IBM has announced eight key open source initiatives beyond Linux, aimed at accelerating the adoption of open standards.

IBM Virtualization wins honors at LinuxWorld

Linux Journal and IDG World Expo gave IBM an overall category win for Best Virtualization Solution with its Advanced POWER Virtualization product.

IBM previews mainframe software for SOA

IBM has previewed new mainframe management software that will help customers manage the surge of new processes and transactions running on SOAs.

IBM unveils instant collaboration for Linux

IBM Lotus Sametime will provide server and desktop support for Linux, bridging the gap between flexibility and business-grade collaboration.

IBM awarded for channel satisfaction

IBM has been recognized by solution-provider partners and readers of CMP Technology’s VARBusiness for outstanding satisfaction levels.

IBM initiative targets local resellers

IBM’s new $100 million drive, named “Express Track”, expands IBM’s SMB market focus by reaching thousands of local IT resellers around the world.

IBM to acquire Internet Security Systems

The acquisition advances IBM’s strategy to utilize IT services, software and consulting to automate labor-based processes into software-based services.

IBM turbocharges Storage portfolios

IBM announced one of the single largest expansions of its storage portfolio with the introduction of new systems and enhanced products.

IBM delivers new Quad Core systems

IBM’s Quad Core Module systems, the computing industry’s only four-core processor module, offer clients the performance and flexibility of a POWER5+ system.

IBM virtualization powers the US Open

IBM virtualization and self-managing autonomic technology will power the US Open tennis tournament, allowing millions of fans to experience every point.

TekVet, IBM to tag livestock

Agricultural technology company TekVet is using IBM services to power its wireless radio frequency identification technology that monitors the health of livestock.

IBM, Misys streamline patient data management

The IBM and Misys Express Solution for Healthcare Providers automates many routine records management tasks, allowing physicians to focus on patient care.