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IBM LogoThere was quite a bit of feedback about the IBM Happenings. Thanks to all for that. Several people said they especially liked the "headlines" so they choose to read the details or not. December was another busy month. Here are the announcements made by the company. The complete index of IBM Happenings by year and month is here.
I was particularly interested in the announcement about "Lenovo to acquire IBM Personal Computing Division " and wrote a couple of stories about it. They are both in the IBM category of the blog.

List of Announcements for December 2004

Lenovo to acquire IBM Personal Computing Division

Lenovo Group Limited and IBM announced a definitive agreement under which Lenovo will acquire IBM’s Personal Computing Division to form the world’s third-largest PC business.

IBM unveils smallest SRAM cell

The new IBM SRAM cell is less than half the size of the smallest experimental cell reported to date, and ten times smaller than those available today.

Lloyds TSB selects IBM for voice and data services

IBM has signed a 7-year £500 million deal with Lloyds TSB to enhance the Bank’s voice and data services in support of next-generation business solutions.

IBM extends chip performance

IBM’s new technique triples the performance of a standard transistor used in semiconductors by a process that is compatible with conventional CMOS technology.

Resources help partners build industry vertical solutions

The new Virtual Innovation Center for Hardware provides business partners with resources to help them gain access to real-time technical resources.

IBM breaks storage virtualization barriers

IBM’s next release of storage virtualization software includes expanded support to virtualize and manage the complete line of EMC disk storage systems.

New software extends edge of computing

IBM WebSphere RFID Premises Server integrates the physical world of RFID tags and networked RFID readers with customers’ IT systems.

NYSE and IBM team for virtual zero-downtime trading

IBM is working with the New York Stock Exchange on a new order management and messaging system in support of the 1.6 billion shares traded daily.

IBM to Acquire KeyMRO

IBM will integrate the process expertise of KeyMRO with its own consulting methodologies to offer business optimization value to clients in a number of industries.

PLM Solutions accelerate cathedral construction

IBM Business Partner gedas iberia s.a. is using CATIA V5 to aid in the construction of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral.

IBM sponsors grid computing workshops

The workshops are designed to help ISVs understand the business value of grids and provide access to a live grid computing framework.

U.S. Army selects breakthrough document management solution

The U.S. Army has chosen to deploy an integrated forms management solution based on technology provided by IBM, PureEdge and Silanis.

IBM broadens BladeCenter ecosystem

More than 100 companies have attained the BladeCenter open specification since Intel and IBM announced it on September 2nd.

Manulife Financial and IBM sign outsourcing agreement

As part of the $70 million Cdn agreement, IBM will manage Manulife’s desktop PCs and servers, providing Manulife with significant savings in IT costs over the next four years.

J.C. Whitney chooses IBM and CommercialWare retail solution

J.C. Whitney, one of the largest automotive direct marketers has chosen IBM and CommercialWare’s open standards-based retail solution to transform its inventory management system.

Lockheed Martin implements IBM eServer p5 systems

Lockheed Martin will use the new IBM eServer p5 570 systems to power and test mission critical US Government applications and consolidate a large number of UNIX servers.

National Semiconductor deploys 1,200 ThinkPad notebooks

In addition to using IBM machines, National Semiconductor is collaborating with IBM on hardware security solutions.