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IBM Logo 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’s Corporate Responsibility Report details the company’s social performance results and strategies in the areas of governance, environment, employment policies and practices, and public policy.

IBM launches analytics center in Tokyo

IBM’s new Tokyo-based IBM Analytics Solution center will help clients build smarter business systems and drive improved decision-making.

Kennametal selects IBM systems to replace HP servers

Kennametal, Inc., a leading global supplier of tooling, engineered components and advanced materials that are consumed in production processes, has selected IBM Power Systems to replace its HP hardware.

Carrefour signs five-year agreement with IBM

IBM and Carrefour have signed a five-year, euro 180 million agreement for IBM to take over the transformation, management and maintenance of Carrefour’s IT infrastructure.

IBM supports Pilsen’s ‘Smart City’ goals

IBM and the Pilsen Municipality will cooperate in building the foundations of a “smart city” that will use information technologies to improve the efficiency of the city’s internal processes.

Italy’s ‘City of Water’ gets smarter with IBM

IBM is working with the City of Venice on a mobile phone-based initiative to guide tourists to discover lesser known parts of the city and provide instant information on historical sites.

IBM reports 2009 second-quarter results

IBM announced second-quarter 2009 diluted earnings of $2.32 per share compared with diluted earnings of $1.97 per share in the second quarter of 2008, an increase of 18 percent.

IBM simplifies unified communications for SMBs

IBM’s new, self-managing, “office in a box” appliance combines all of the unified communications and collaboration tools needed to run a business with the ability to connect to telephony, in a single solution.

IBM expands enterprise storage offerings

The enhancements to the IBM System Storage DS8000 and the XIV storage system include better performance, security, manageability and business continuity.

IBM, Cisco collaborate on smarter energy project

IBM and Cisco are teaming to help the Dutch utility Nuon and the city of Amsterdam make smarter use of energy by enabling consumers to make informed decisions.

Alabama turns to IBM for smarter education

Mobile County Public Schools has selected IBM analytics technology to deliver smarter education services that prepare students with 21st century skills.

IBM expands networking supplier relationships

IBM announced agreements with Brocade, Cisco and Juniper to help businesses more effectively route the enormous amount of data and transactions.

New IBM software reduces data center costs

IBM Systems Director VMControl is designed to help clients plan, build and maintain data centers while reducing costs.

IBM helps clients create smarter procurement processes

IBM’s new strategic sourcing services and new procure-to-pay services can help clients increase savings from suppliers and reduce procurement costs.

IBM assists returning veterans with mentoring program

IBM has teamed with American Corporate Partners to mentor veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

IBM signs services deal with Sun Direct TV in India

IBM will implement and manage Sun Direct TV’s CRM related applications and end-to-end services, displacing Sun Microsystems, the incumbent provider.

IBM announces agreement to acquire SPSS Inc.

The acquisition of SPSS, a leading provider of Predictive Analytics software and solutions, further expands IBM’s Information on Demand software portfolio, business analytics capabilities and strengthens IBM Information Agenda initiative.

IBM acquires Ounce Labs, Inc.

Ounce Labs solutions use advanced capabilities to scan software source code and identify potential security and compliance vulnerabilities during the earliest stages of software development, when they are less expensive to correct.

IBM introduces Smart Analytics System

The Smart Analytics System is a single, fine-tuned system optimized with the right balance of software, systems and storage capabilities for deep analytics computing workloads.

IBM’s Smarter Planet framework to aid Nepal’s vision for the future

IBM will create an innovation policy to help the Government of Nepal achieve its development goals specific to e-government transformation and IT sector development, as well as key infrastructure and IT skills capacity building.

Ministry of Defence and IBM enter 5-year agreement

IBM and Defence Equipment and Support announced a five-year strategic agreement for IBM to manage the UK Air Surveillance Command & Control System.

Students see into the future during IBM Jam

Nearly 2,000 students from 200 universities participated in the Smarter Planet University Jam, contributing hundreds of progressive insights during the massive crowdsourcing session.

IBM offers midsize companies data protection package

IBM made available a new package of data protection products at introductory prices for midsized customers.

Nuance, IBM to develop, market and deliver speech solutions

Nuance and IBM will collaborate to further accelerate innovation and advanced speech recognition solutions for enterprises, consumers and partners worldwide.