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IBM LogoThe month of July is slow in some countries and companies but at IBM it was filled with a slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and corporate initiatives. I am particularly excited about IBM’s growing leadership in the healthcare area. 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 July 2006

IBM opens Healthcare Competency Centre

The IBM Healthcare Competency Centre in Barcelona will serve as a bridge between IBM Research Labs, consultants, and healthcare companies and organisations.

Banca Marche, IBM to create paperless banks

Banca Marche and IBM are developing completely paperless branch designs for all the bank’s branches in Italy.

Healthcare provider selects IBM for transformation

The Institut Català de la Salut has entered into a 20 million euro, 4-year agreement with IBM to transform and modernise the healthcare information systems at 8 Catalonian hospitals.

Slovakia selects IBM e-tendering solution

IBM is supplying the Slovak Republic’s Ministry of Transport, Posts and Telecommunications with an integrated system for electronic public tendering.

IBM announces investments in Ireland

IBM plans to expand its Dublin-based software development operations and launch a Business Incubation Centre to promote innovation around emerging business opportunities.

IBM reports 2006 second-quarter results

IBM announced second-quarter 2006 diluted earnings per common share of $1.30 from continuing operations, a year-over-year increase of 14 percent.

IBM launches cancer research project

The Help Defeat Cancer project, powered by IBM’s World Community Grid, will help researchers understand the mechanisms of cancer to improve treatment.

IBM extends open source virtualization solutions

IBM’s new SUSE Linux Enterprise offerings incorporate Xen virtualization software to help businesses increase server utilization and lower management costs.

IBM develops infrastructure for gas project

IBM China has delivered the business processes and technology infrastructure behind China’s first Liquefied Natural Gas Project.

Fuddruckers installs IBM Kiosks in kitchens

Fuddruckers has installed secure IBM Anyplace Kiosks in its kitchens, allowing the chain to provide up-to-date food preparation instructions and recipes quickly and easily.

IBM unleashes world’s most powerful servers

IBM’s new System p5 595, capable of four million transactions per minute, uses IBM’s Dual Stress processor technology.

IBM server achieves top benchmarking results

The IBM System p5 595 server has earned the number one spot in five key industry benchmarks.

IBM and CVS sign services agreement

Under the 10-year agreement, IBM will transform and manage key human resources transactional services for CVS/pharmacy.

IBM debuts grid offering for insurance industry

IBM Grid and Grow for Actuarial Analysis allows life insurance clients to run complex insurance model scenarios faster.

IBM helps small companies protect networks

IBM Express Managed Security Services for Firewall and VPN will help smaller businesses protect their computer networks.

IBM to acquire MRO Software, Inc.

IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MRO Software Inc., a provider of asset and service management software and consulting.

IBM acquires Webify

IBM has acquired Webify Solutions, a provider of industry-specific software and services for building service oriented architectures.

IBM unveils new AMD Opteron processor-based servers

IBM’s new systems and blades deliver business performance computing solutions that optimize power consumption at the chip, systems and software levels.

IBM solution simplifies e-mail governance

IBM’s CommonStore E-Mail Archiving Solution allows e-mail to be easily retrieved to satisfy compliance audit reviews.

IBM opens Shared Services Center in Portugal

The Braga center will focus on transforming and managing financial processes for clients across Europe.