IBM Happenings December 2005

IBM LogoThe month of December was another busy one at IBM. The month was filled with a slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and strategic alliances. The list of announcements made by IBM during the month is below, and the complete Index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here.

List of Announcements for December 2005

New Tivoli software tackles IT complexity

The new IBM Tivoli software can pinpoint and then solve problems, such as repairing Internet logjams or bringing systems back online after a power outage.

IBM fuels open standards adoption

The upcoming version of the IBM Workplace Managed Client will support the newly ratified OpenDocument Format for Office Applications (ODF) standard.

IBM unveils new Self Checkout systems

IBM’s next generation of IBM Self Checkout solutions include new models and significant improvements to help make self checkout faster and easier.

Hannaford Brothers taps IBM System z9

The multi-regional food retailer selected the IBM System z9 mainframe as the hub of its supply chain for more than 300 stores and five distribution centers in the United States.

Trans World Entertainment cuts costs with IBM iSeries System

The retail giant has reduced IT leasing and maintenance costs by implementing an IBM iSeries system and consolidating three datacenters into one.

IBM expands commitment to Linux

Novell and Red Hat have been elevated to IBM’s Strategic Alliance program allowing clients to acquire Linux hardware, software, and services through integrated channels.

IBM announces Ventures in Collaboration program

IBM Ventures in Collaboration is a new licensing program designed to help startup companies accelerate the development of innovative solutions in the marketplace.

Software strategy simplifies supercomputing

IBM’s innovative software strategy in supercomputing allows customers to leverage IBM’s General Parallel File System (GPFS) across mixed-vendor systems.

Chevron selects IBM eServer technology

Working with IBM, Chevron has been able to process data up to seven times faster, enabling the company to make quicker, more accurate choices before drilling.

IBM contributes IBM PowerPC 405 core to academia

IBM announced plans to make the specifications of IBM’s PowerPC 405 core freely available to researchers and academia through

Omron outsources accounts receivable to IBM

IBM Japan, Ltd. will manage Omron Corporation’s accounts receivable process through its Business Transformation Outsourcing Delivery Center in Dalian, northern China.

IBM to acquire Micromuse Inc.

Micromuse is a leading provider of network management software used by banks, telecommunications carriers, governments, retailers and other organizations to monitor and manage their sophisticated technology infrastructures.
This acquisition was discussed during a teleconference on Dec 21. Presentation materials are available at:

IBM acquires Bowstreet, Inc.

Bowstreet is a provider of tools and technology that helps companies integrate portal applications, without requiring significant technical skills.
This acquisition was discussed during a teleconference on Dec 20. Presentation materials are available at:

New software automates compliance requirements

The new version of Tivoli Access Manager automates the way organizations audit and report on information as they deal with various compliance mandates.

IBM launches Collaboration Center for AIX

IBM will use the center, based in Austin, Texas, to collaborate with customers, developers, ISVs, and academia to drive innovation around AIX technology.

Lockheed Martin selects PLM solutions from IBM, Dassault

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has implemented PLM solutions from IBM and Dassault Systèmes for the US and UK’s fifth-generation advanced military aircraft, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

UPMC improves patient care with IBM storage

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center replaced its HP-based storage with IBM’s enterprise and midrange storage systems designed to increase IT resource capacity, improve data reliability and reduce administration costs.

IBM, Universities launch LA Grid

The LA Grid program will link faculty, students and researchers across the United States, Latin America and Spain to collaborate on innovative industry projects.

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