IBM Happenings: August 2008

IBM LogoThe month of August is a slow one in many parts of the business world — but not at IBM. where the month was filled with a slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and strategic alliances. The list of announcements made during the month is below.
One of the many interesting projects involved helping preserve Alaskan language and culture. LitSite Alaska is bringing native language and stories to life using IBM technology which converts to text to audible speech.
The LitSite Alaska interactive Web site has a wealth of information, insights and stories about the history, diversity, culture and traditions of Alaskans and the IBM speech technology is bringing the stories life. A visitor could just read the stories but Alaskans believe that the ancient tradition of oral storytelling is more effective and it helps preserve native Alaskan language and culture. The oral tradition, an integral part of the lives of Alaska Natives, is in fact essential to learning and to passing on cultural knowledge and life skills. More than 1,000 pages of text have been enhanced with audio files using the IBM WebSphere Voice Server text-to-speech software. The audio files even include uncommon pronunciations of Alaskan native names and words such as KwaashKiKwaan, Tlingit, and Inupiaq. These words remind me of things I heard in Greenland.

List of Announcements for August 2008

IBM launches cloud computing center in Tokyo

IBM’s ninth cloud computing center will give large enterprise customers immediate access to the resources they need to pilot cloud infrastructures and applications.

IBM to build data center in North Carolina

IBM will build a $360 million state-of-the-art data center at its facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The data center will include new technologies and services that will enable IBM to deliver cloud computing capabilities to clients.

IBM announces new Linux initiatives

IBM introduced a series of new products, services and initiatives that further expand IBM’s commitment to Linux and open source by enabling the next generation of Linux.

IBM introduces new eDiscovery solutions

The new solutions extend IBM’s ECM software platform to enable organizations to take control of information across the enterprise, helping to reduce eDiscovery costs and improve responsiveness to litigation.

Princess Cruises selects IBM software

Princess Cruises will deploy IBM InfoSphere Warehouse software to analyze and improve the effectiveness of the company’s marketing and promotional initiatives.

MAVIR chooses IBM for infrastructure agreement

The Hungarian Electricity Transmission System Operator Inc. has selected IBM to provide the IT infrastructure to upgrade its operations and improve its asset management system.

IBM releases automotive study

The IBM Automotive 2020 Study, based on a collaboration with 125 industry leaders, reveals an industry grappling with significant change driven by increasingly sophisticated consumers.

IBM, Human Capital Institute publish study

The study, Integrated Talent Management, was based on research with 1,900 individuals from more than 1,000 public and private sector organizations around the world.

University of Toronto to acquire IBM supercomputer

The University of Toronto’s SciNet Consortium and IBM announced an agreement to build Canada’s most powerful and energy-efficient supercomputer.

Winn-Dixie selects IBM System z

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. has consolidated its IT infrastructure to a System z9 Enterprise Class mainframe to drive efficiency from current business-critical processes and data.

Saint-Gobain selects IBM to modernize its infrastructure

Saint-Gobain, one of the largest industrial groups in Latin America, has signed an agreement with IBM in Brazil to outsource its entire IT infrastructure.

IBM announces “Green Sigma” consulting offering

IBM’s Green Sigma can help clients lower their environmental impact and reduce costs by applying Lean Six Sigma principles to energy and water usage throughout their operations.

IBM expands Business Continuity and Resiliency Services

IBM is investing US$300 million to construct 13 Business Resilience service delivery centers, increasing its ability to address surging demand from businesses and governments.

IBM builds world’s smallest SRAM memory cell

IBM and its joint development partners announced the first working static random access memory (SRAM) for the 22 nanometer technology node.

IBM and LENTA sign services contract

IBM and Russian retail chain, LENTA, have signed a three-year information technology services contract estimated at approximately US$1 million.

Health Net selects IBM for IT infrastructure services

IBM has entered into a five-year information technology infrastructure services agreement, in excess of $300 million, with Health Net, Inc.

IBM helps preserve Alaskan language and culture

LitSite Alaska is bringing native language and stories to life using IBM WebSphere Voice Server text-to-speech software.

IBM helps the 2008 US Open go green

IBM is helping the USTA run a more environmentally-friendly US Open by helping reduce the energy consumption required to power the tournament’s Web site and scoring operations.

IBM ITSO celebrates 40th anniversary of IBM Redbooks

IBM has reaffirmed its continued investment in producing the IBM Redbooks series as part of its recognition of the 40th anniversary of the International Technical Support Organization.

Bharti Retail, IBM announce partnership

Bharti Retail Limited and IBM India announced a ten-year strategic partnership that will enable the consolidation, transformation and management of a comprehensive IT infrastructure for Bharti Retail.

IBM, Cefic develop solution for chemical industry

Cefic and IBM developed a state-of-the-art solution which will facilitate the exchange of information between companies with the goal of submitting registration dossiers required by the REACH Regulation.

RHB Banking Group selects IBM System z10

RHB Banking Group’s Central Technology Unit will enhance its product development and delivery to customers with IBM System z10 mainframe as the foundation of its new enterprise data center.

IBM helps clients create an Information Agenda

IBM introduced open software tools, industry-specific data models and blueprints, and consulting services to help clients use information as a strategic asset across their businesses.

IBM podcast explores the future of energy

A new IBM podcast, “IBM and the Future of Energy,” looks at how consumers are driving change in the energy industry — from the cars we drive to a growing demand for alternative energy sources and smart meters.

IBM moves real-time communication into 3-D

IBM Research announced a new project, dubbed “Sametime 3-D,” demonstrating the integration of Lotus Sametime with several virtual environments.

HPCL, IBM to deploy RFID solution

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited will leverage IBM’s technology expertise to deploy an end-to-end tracking solution based on RFID technology at HPCL’s Nashik plant.

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