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IBM LogoThere has been no summer slowdown at IBM where July brought a slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and strategic alliances. The list of announcements made during the month is below.
The company announced record second-quarter results with profits up 28 percent on $27 billion in revenue — roughly $300 million per day! The stellar results came across the board from rom many product, service, software, and geographic areas. The company seems to be firing on all cylinders. SustainableBusiness.com placed IBM on their  list of the top twenty sustainable stocks.
Cloud computing will become more and more pervasive in the news over the next few years. So far it has been mostly consumer facing activity such as what Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Apple, and others are doing, but behind the scenes IBM is investing heavily. The clouds that IBM operates are more enterprise, education, and research oriented. The company is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to create two ultra-sophisticated data centers that will power the cloud computing model that in turn will enable large institutions to offer their clouds to their customers. Another way to say it is that IBM is creating a cloud of clouds. IBM is also providing advanced new server hardware to enable others to build clouds. Microsoft is among the first to implement IBM’s iDataPlex system, a new category of server that brings supercomputing power to cloud environments. IBM is also going green — the latest Supercomputing Green 500 List shows that 39 of the top 40 systems ranked on supercomputing energy efficiency are IBM-based. The company is designing technologies to cut energy use in half by 2010, while increasing computing capacity by a factor of 10.
On the people front, IBM’s new Corporate Service Corps program is getting some well deserved headlines. A software-development manager from IBM’s Raleigh, North Caroline office spent July in Timisoara, Romania, where he helped a furniture manufacturer become more efficient and more computer-savvy — offering his expertise for free. With Mr. Chakra in Timisoara were eight IBM colleagues from five countries. Each was assigned to help a different company or non-profit organization, sharing their experience and cultural backgrounds with the local staffs and one another. It is analogous to the Peace Corps. In the short term there is a lot of skills transfer but in the long term IBM gains a foothold in emerging markets and the assignees gain a tremendous breadth of experience which prepares them for key roles as the company continues to grow as a global leader.

List of Announcements for July 2008

IBM acquires Platform Solutions

IBM has acquired Platform Solutions, Inc. PSI’s technologies and employees will become part of the IBM System z business unit of the IBM Systems and Technology Group.

New IBM offerings help clients be greener, more ethical

IBM’s Corporate Social Responsibility Benchmarking Utility helps clients assess the effectiveness of their environmental policies, labor practices, regulatory compliance, corporate values and other CSR-related activities.

Juniper Networks selects IBM for data center hosting

IBM and Juniper Networks, Inc. have signed a five-year, data center hosting agreement with IBM to support Juniper’s global operations.

IBM, Matiq to develop tracking solution

IBM and Matiq are developing a food tracking solution in the Nordics, which will help ensure that meat and poultry products are kept in optimal condition throughout the supply chain.

IBM technology to protect customer data

Researchers at IBM’s India Research Laboratory have developed advanced data masking technology that helps call centers protect critical data without disrupting customer service or business operations.

Virgin Mobile USA signs services agreement

IBM will begin transitioning Virgin Mobile USA’s existing IT infrastructure and application suite into its own environment and will work with Virgin Mobile USA to develop new and differentiated wireless applications and service offerings.

IBM reports 2008 second-quarter results

IBM announced second-quarter 2008 diluted earnings of $1.98 per share from continuing operations, an increase of 28 percent as reported, compared with diluted earnings of $1.55 per share in the second quarter of 2007.

IBM introduces fastest one terabyte storage tape drive

The new IBM System Storage TS1130 Tape Drive will be able to store up to one TB of uncompressed data per tape cartridge and with a native data rate of 160 megabytes per second.

Pike County School District signs technology agreement

IBM will provide Pike County Schools with an internet access service that gives older PCs the ability to access the internet and applications in a manner similar to more current systems.

IBM secures Australian government contract

The Australian Government has selected IBM to support its Standard Business Reporting initiative, which aims to reduce the reporting burden for business.

Cincinnati Bell, IBM sign consulting services agreement

IBM will develop a strategic roadmap for Cincinnati Bell as it continues to transform its business to best meet the demands and opportunities of a converged communications services market.

Thanachart and IBM sign outsourcing agreement

IBM and Thanachart Bank Public Company Limited have signed a two billion baht agreement for a seven-year IT Outsourcing Services contract.

IBM supercomputers top Green 500 List

In the latest Supercomputing ‘Green 500 List’, 39 of the first 40 ranked systems are IBM-based; out of the top 100 systems, 76 systems are IBM-based.

Major League Baseball selects web 2.0 technology from IBM

IBM software is changing the way the Office of the Commissioner runs its business, communicates with staff and manages relationships across its 30 ball clubs.

IBM technology helps doctors care for premature babies

IBM and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology have announced a first-of-a-kind research project to help doctors detect subtle changes in the condition of critically ill premature babies.

IBM and BES sign new outsourcing contract

Banco Espírito Santo and IBM announced a seven-year outsourcing services agreement for IBM to manage the bank’s information technology infrastructure.

IBM accelerates investments in emerging markets

IBM has opened three centers of excellence in China, Mexico and India to provide clients with access to the latest technologies and processes in banking, retail and service management arenas.

IBM Research develops technology to aid human memory

The technology, nicknamed “PENSIEVE” by the IBM team, uses associative recall to make connections between pieces of related data acquired by a person.

kika/Leiner signs outsourcing agreement with IBM in Austria

Furniture retailer kika/Leiner Group has signed an agreement for the global support of its information technology infrastructure with IBM in Austria.

High performance IBM computer selected for research

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School will use an IBM computer to create models of proteins and study the behavior of receptors that regulate fertility and thyroid function.

IBM debuts “grammar checker” approach to catching software bugs

IBM Rational Software Analyzer scans software code for quality and defects before the application is built, thereby reducing the amount of defects hitting the marketplace by 15 to 20 percent.

Martinair signs services agreement with Getronics and IBM

Getronics and IBM will manage part of Martinair’s front and back office applications. IBM will also help the airline to develop new services that will benefit its cargo and passenger customers.

IBM provides technology backbone for Max Vijay

IBM will help Max New York Life Insurance deploy and transform its insurance policy processing platform for Max Vijay, a revolutionary new insurance product designed specifically for the under-served segment of the Indian society.