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IBM LogoMarch was a busy month for IBM. Here are the announcements made by the company during the month. I was particularly pleased to see the new acquisitions as well as the approval of the Lenovo-IBM deal.The complete index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here.

List of Announcements for March 2005

U.S. Government completes review of Lenovo-IBM deal

The review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. clears the way for the completion of the sale of IBM’s Personal Computing Division to Lenovo.

IBM extends reach of Content Management Software

IBM’s new software portfolio extends the reach of content management using web services to enable data to be captured, managed and searched.

IBM named 2005 CRN Channel Champion

IBM was named a 2005 CRN Channel Champion in 11 categories and selected as the Overall Channel Criteria Champion.

Texas selects IBM to develop voter registration system

Texas has selected IBM to assist in developing and implementing a statewide, Web-based solution for voter registration management.

IBM to acquire Ascential Software

Ascential Software’s integrated portfolio helps companies solve their most complex data integration challenges.

IBM to provide Blue Gene access on demand

IBM’s world renowned Blue Gene supercomputing system is now available at the Deep Computing Capacity on Demand Center in Rochester, MN.

IBM recognizes top iSeries innovators

IBM and COMMON, an iSeries users group, honored five companies that are setting new standards for iSeries innovation.

IBM completes acquisition of Corio

IBM announced the completion of its acquisition of Corio, Inc., seven weeks after reaching a definitive agreement to purchase the company.

IBM publishes 2004 Annual Report

IBM also published a first-of-its-kind supplement to accompany the 2004 Annual Report called “Understanding our Company: An IBM Prospectus”.

IBM introduces new anti-spam technology

Dubbed FairUCE (“Fair use of Unsolicited Commercial Email”), the new technology helps filter and block spam by analyzing the domain identity of an email — using built-in identity management capabilities at the network level.

ABSC optimizes flexibility with PLM solutions

Aircraft Braking Systems Corporation will extend SMARTEAM, an IBM PLM solution developed by Dassault Systèmes, and, using it with CATIA V5, will facilitate engineering collaboration and knowledge management in its programs.

IBM to support Laurentian Bank’s growth plans

This agreement builds upon the existing relationship between IBM and Laurentian and extends a 4 year managed IT operations agreement for another 6 years.

Monumental Life selects IBM ThinkPad notebooks

Monumental Life has significantly reduced its total cost of ownership and frequent need for PC-related services and support by switching to IBM ThinkPad for its mobile sales force.

Banco Santander Totta signs IT services deal

IBM and Banco Santander Totta have announced an outsourcing services contract under which IBM will manage the bank’s technology infrastructure.

IBM shatters data management challenge at CERN

IBM’s storage virtualization software has achieved breakthrough performance results in an internal data challenge at CERN.

IBM announces new design services for Cell

IBM E&TS clients will be able to access a Cell software simulation environment through IBM’s Deep Computing Capacity on Demand Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

IBM extends lead in storage virtualization

More than 1,000 customers have simplified their infrastructure with IBM Virtualization Engine technology for storage.

KEC signs a 10-year contract with IBM Korea

Korea’s largest semiconductor company, KEC Corporation, had contracted IBM Korea to operate and manage KEC’s IT infrastructure and core business applications under a 10-year outsourcing agreement.