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IBM LogoThe month of January at IBM was filled with a slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and corporate initiatives. I was particularly proud to see IBM surpass its own record and earn more U.S.
patents than any other company for the fourteenth consecutive year. Many useful products and services will come from those patents over the years ahead. 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 January 2007

IBM sets patent record

With 3,621, IBM surpassed its own record and earned more U.S. patents than any other company for the fourteenth consecutive year.

IBM returns to CES

After ten years away, IBM returned to the International Consumer Electronics
Show with the technologies behind many gaming, medical, and cellular.

Sears, IBM to explore 3-D environments

Sears and IBM have unveiled a prototype 3-D showroom called the “Sears Virtual Home,” which resides on an IBM “island” in the virtual world of Second Life.

Honda Italia streamlines production with RFID

IBM will support Honda Italia in the design and development of the RFID implementation, which will enable the real time, automatic identification of each vehicle.

Thai bank selects IBM software

TMB Bank, one of Thailand’s top five banks, is streamlining business processes and improving efficiency with a service oriented architecture powered by IBM software.

IBM reports 2006 fourth-quarter results

IBM announced fourth-quarter 2006 diluted earnings of $2.26 per share from continuing operations, an increase of 12 percent as reported, compared with diluted earnings of $2.01 per share in the fourth quarter of 2005.

IBM introduces entry storage systems

IBM’s System Storage DS3000 features integrated management software designed to give SMBs a simple and affordable solution to handle all their storage needs.

ECCO, IBM sign services agreement

Under the 5-year agreement, IBM will support ECCO’s existing SAP R/3 environment and the implementation of a new ERP business solution.

IBM unveils Virtual Fabric Architecture

IBM’s Virtual Fabric Architecture for the BladeCenter H system helps increase speed and efficiency of data transfer across blade servers and networks.

IBM opens SOA Centers

IBM will open new SOA Centers in Dubai and La Gaude, France to address the growing demand for skills needed to solve customer business problems.

IBM expands Lotus portfolio

Announcements from IBM’s Lotusphere 2007 include IBM Lotus Connections, the first business-ready social software platform, and IBM Lotus Quickr, a new collaborative content platform offering.

IBM completes acquisition of Consul

IBM has completed its acquisition of Consul risk management international, B.V.
Consul’s operations will be integrated into the IBM’s Tivoli software brand.

IBM, Ricoh announce joint venture

Ricoh and IBM have formed a joint venture company called the InfoPrint Solutions Company based on IBM’s Printing Systems Division.

IBM, Alko announce services agreement

Alko Inc., the state-owned independent business chain in Finland, announced a three-year agreement for IBM to continue the management of Alko’s IT infrastructure.

IBM service brings social aspect to data analysis

Created by IBM Research’s Visual Communications Lab, Many Eyes allows people to explore different visual representations of large amounts of data and share it with others.

NASA selects IBM software for telescope

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is using IBM software to develop the software and systems that will operate the James Webb Space Telescope.

IBM to acquire Softek

IBM has announced an agreement to acquire Softek Storage Solutions Corporation; Softek will become part of the Storage and Data Services business unit in IBM Global Technology Services.

IBM enhances data protection software

Enhancements to IBM’s Tivoli Storage Manager version 5.4 include improved application availability, encryption key management and data shredding.

IBM testifies on non-discrimination legislation

IBM’s Chief Privacy Officer, Harriet Pearson, testified before the House Education
and Labor Subcommittee about the subject of genetic non-discrimination.

NOAA activates new supercomputers

NOAA has activated its newest weather and climate supercomputers, increasing the computational might used for the nation’s climate and weather forecasts by 320 percent.

IBM sets supply chain performance standard

IBM has exceeded performance benchmark results in recent retail supply chain application testing on its powerful IBM System p5 595 server.

IBM joins the WiMAX Forum

IBM has become a member of the WiMAX Forum, an industry-led organization driving the global adoption of standards-based, interoperable WiMAX products.