The month of July was another busy one at IBM with a flurry of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and strategic alliances. The complete index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here. In addition to the major focus on a “smarter planet“, IBM is investing in society. The company’s social performance is right up there with it’s financial performance.
Right after the fourth of July, IBM issued its annual Corporate Responsibility Report, detailing the company’s social performance results and strategies in the areas of governance, supply chain, environment, community engagements, employment policies and practices, and public policy. The 40-page report features IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, a program IBM characterizes as a corporate version of the Peace Corps with the goal of developing a next generation wave of IBM leaders while at the same time addressing critical societal challenges in emerging markets. The company is integrating business and social strategies to make significant and lasting impacts in communities. For example, in the Sichuan province in China, the area stricken by a powerful earthquake last year, teams of IBMers engaged in the relief and recovery effort using their technology skills. The development of the skills also presents economic opportunities for IBM so the corporate citizenship goes hand in hand with business.
The report also outlines how IBM is minimizing its environmental impact by developing innovative technologies to conserve more energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reusing and recycling IT equipment to reduce product waste, and utilizing environmentally preferable materials in its products and processes.
The company report describes how it provides employees with skills training, health and wellness programs, and opportunities to gain global experience. IBM also supports healthcare reform and has been advocating “Patient-Centered Medical Home” (PCMH), a model based on the concept of comprehensive primary care. I am enthusiastic about this initiative because it offers the chance to replace today’s poorly coordinated, acute-focused, episodic care with coordinated, proactive, preventive, acute, chronic, long-term and end-of-life care. This approach is fundamental to the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system. Many believe this can be best accomplished by strengthening primary care. The “medical home” is an enhanced primary-care model that provides comprehensive and timely care and emphasizes the central role of teamwork and engagement by those receiving care.
The full corporate responsibility report is here.
List of Announcements for July 2009
IBM issues Corporate Responsibility Report
IBM launches analytics center in Tokyo
Kennametal selects IBM systems to replace HP servers
Carrefour signs five-year agreement with IBM
IBM supports Pilsen’s ‘Smart City’ goals
Italy’s ‘City of Water’ gets smarter with IBM
IBM reports 2009 second-quarter results
IBM simplifies unified communications for SMBs
IBM expands enterprise storage offerings
IBM, Cisco collaborate on smarter energy project
Alabama turns to IBM for smarter education
IBM expands networking supplier relationships
New IBM software reduces data center costs
IBM helps clients create smarter procurement processes
IBM assists returning veterans with mentoring program
IBM signs services deal with Sun Direct TV in India
IBM announces agreement to acquire SPSS Inc.
IBM acquires Ounce Labs, Inc.
IBM introduces Smart Analytics System
IBM’s Smarter Planet framework to aid Nepal’s vision for the future
Ministry of Defence and IBM enter 5-year agreement
Students see into the future during IBM Jam
IBM offers midsize companies data protection package
Nuance, IBM to develop, market and deliver speech solutions