IBM Happenings: June 2008

IBM LogoThanks to Michael in Alameda, California for noticing that the June "IBM Happenings" had not been posted. A definite oops. The posting was ready to go a month ago but never got going. I’ll blame it on summer books. The month started out with the Business Partner Leadership Conference in Los Angeles and then was filled with a slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and strategic alliances. The list of announcements made during the month is below.
One of the most interesting things IBM did in June was to release a Global CEO Study. Being the largest information technology solutions provider in the world, it is imperative for IBM to have a keen understanding of the priorities of the top management of it’s clients. The idea is to stay ahead of the curve and have the skills and resources in place to meet upcoming demand. IBM sent senior people to interview 1,130 CEO’s from 40 countries to capture insights on how the challenges CEO’s face today will impact the future of business.

List of Announcements for June 2008

IBM Project Big Green tackles energy crisis

IBM will expand its global efforts to deliver greater energy efficiency to businesses facing skyrocketing energy costs, environmental concerns and corporate sustainability requirements.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/24395.wss

IBM delivers the next wave of business social networking

Lotus Connections 2.0 and IBM Atlas for Lotus Connections feature a mix of new capabilities that blend IBM’s expertise in business software with Web 2.0 capabilities.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/24423.wss

IBM Roadrunner smashes the petaflop barrier

Located at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Roadrunner delivers the world’s first “hybrid” supercomputer – powerful enough to operate at one petaflop.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/24405.wss

IBM, Kyoto University create transportation simulation system

Kyoto University and IBM’s Tokyo Research Laboratory have developed a system that simulates a broad range of urban transport situations.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/24410.wss

IBM announces next-generation storage virtualization software

IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller 4.3 software can help improve the responsiveness of IT infrastructures by creating consolidated, virtual pools of information across the enterprise.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/24433.wss

IBM awarded 10-year contract for Bristol-Myers Squibb

IBM announced a 10-year, $324 million Business Transformation Outsourcing agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb to transform and support many of the company’s global HR functions.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/fr/fr/pressrelease/24742.wss

Hess Corporation selects IBM Cognos software

Hess Corporation has chosen IBM Cognos BI to deliver a full range of business intelligence capabilities across its Marketing and Refining organization.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/24446.wss

IBM opens its greenest data center

Located in Boulder, the new data center features high density computing systems utilizing virtualization technology, along with energy-efficient power and cooling technologies.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/24397.wss

IBM-built supercomputer at Los Alamos National Lab no.1 in TOP500

IBM’s hybrid supercomputer, built for the NNSA’s Los Alamos National Lab, burned its way into the TOP500 Supercomputer record book today as the most powerful system in the world.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/24480.wss

iTricity to open Cloud Computing Hosting Center

iTricity announced that it will open a brand new Cloud Computing Hosting Center based on IBM “Blue Cloud” technology.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/uk/en/pressrelease/24482.wss

IBM establishes Centre of Excellence for Water Management

The new facility will focus on research and services for monitoring, managing and forecasting challenges such as the movement of pollutants in marine and oceanic environments.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/24465.wss

IBM extends outsourcing services agreement

IBM has signed a five-year IT services contract with Ericsson. IBM will manage application maintenance, development and operation for Ericsson, extending a contract signed in 2003.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/24487.wss

IBM, Umeå University announce energy-efficient supercomputer

IBM and Umeå University announced that the most powerful Windows-based computer in Europe is being installed at the supercomputer center known as HPC2N.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/24478.wss

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