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IBM LogoBased on the positive feedback about the "IBM Happenings", I will continue to post them during 2005. January started out with some interesting news and it looks like it will be another very busy year for the company.Here are the IBM announcements for January. The complete Index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here.

List of Announcements for January 2005

IBM pledges 500 U.S. patents to open source

IBM intends for this pledge to form the basis of an industry-wide “patent commons” in which patents are used to establish a platform for further innovations.

IBM acquires SRD

The acquisition enhances IBM’s business intelligence platform and strengthens its analytical capabilities.

IBM announces new software for mySAP

The IBM Dynamic Infrastructure for mySAP Business Suite enables clients to achieve a better balance between the demand for SAP computing resources and the supply of those resources.

IBM to build infrastructure for Fireman’s Fund

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company has selected IBM to create an technology infrastructure that will increase system performance.

IBM to help retailers transform the customer experience

More than 40 companies now support the IBM Store Integration Framework, a solutions framework enabling the next generation of retail solutions.

IBM reports 2004 fourth-quarter and full-year results

IBM announced fourth-quarter 2004 diluted earnings per common share of $1.81 from continuing operations as reported, an increase of 16 percent over the same period in 2003.

METRO Group implements IBM’s new Anyplace Kiosk

The new IBM Anyplace Kiosks allow retailers to install an informational kiosk “anyplace” in the store, whether in the aisle or on an end cap.

Norwich Union signs contract with IBM

IBM Business Consulting Services will work with Norwich Union Life to transform its business services division.

IBM ThinkPad T43 creates new layer of virus protection

The ThinkPad T43 features a new version of a ThinkVantage Technology, the enhanced Rescue and Recovery 2.0 with Antidote Delivery Manager.

IBM to acquire Corio

Corio’s capabilities and technologies facilitate rapid application deployment and automated application management for clients.

IBM announces Service Oriented Modeling and Architecture

Service Oriented Modeling and Architecture (SOMA) provides an approach to building an SOA that aligns to business goals and directly ties the business processes to underlying applications through services.

IBM introduces new POWER5 Server based on Linux

The introduction of the IBM eServer OpenPower 710 extends POWER5 performance for Linux environments to companies of all sizes.

IBM launches new collaboration software

The new versions of Lotus Notes and Domino, WebSphere Portal and the Workplace platform all play a key role in increasing collaboration and productivity for employees.