IBM Happenings: March 2006

IBM LogoThe month of March was cold in many places but another hot one for IBM. There was a slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and corporate initiatives — including the 2005 annual report and collaboration with gaming companies. The announcements made by the company during the month are below, and the complete Index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here.

List of Announcements for March 2006

IBM earns sixteen awards at CeBIT

The iF International Forum Design is awarding IBM sixteen Design Innovation Awards for superior products and solutions.

IBM launches solution center in India

IBM’s new Global Business Solution Center in Bangalore will allow IBM consultants to develop and deploy solutions in over 50 key business areas.

IBM enters services agreement with Nissan

The IT infrastructure outsourcing agreement is one of the first initiatives to deploy global resources from multiple locations for managed infrastructure services.

IBM helps Stockholm reduce traffic

Data from the Stockholm Congestion Charging Scheme indicates that the pilot has reduced traffic by 25 percent, increased public transport usage and cut peak-time road congestion.

IBM enhances tools for voice applications

The new software has been developed as part of the Eclipse Foundation’s Voice Tools Project to speed the adoption of VoiceXML applications for phones, handheld devices, cars and the Web.

IBM publishes 2005 annual report

This year’s annual report includes a companion guide on IBM and innovation.

IBM expands SOA programs for partners

The new PartnerWorld Industry Networks SOA Specialty will provide a skills-building roadmap for partners who want to access the growing SOA market opportunity.

IBM to acquire Language Analysis Systems

LAS technology allows organizations to increase business insight by enabling a precise, real-time view into the linguistic and cultural properties of names.

IBM opens research centers to partners

IBM will be offering Business Partners access to research, analysis and consultations with IBM’s community of researchers to deliver new solutions to the marketplace.

IBM wins U.S. Army JAG contract

IBM will provide support and services to the U.S. Army’s Office of the Judge Advocate General to improve delivery of legal services, boost computing capacity and reduce costs.

IBM, 3Com to deliver “all-in-one” IP telephony

IBM and 3Com plan to offer the 3Com VCX suite of IP telephony solutions on IBM’s “all-in-one” System i business computing solution.

IBM unveils SOA Governance portfolio

The new portfolio, comprised of best practices, processes and new software, helps businesses address unique concerns that arise when adopting an SOA infrastructure.
IBM SOA Governance was discussed during a teleconference on March 17. Presentation materials are available at:

Taikang Life, IBM to develop smart databases

IBM’s China, Almaden and Tokyo labs will help improve the business intelligence applications embedded in the insurer’s federated database systems.

Dow Jones Indexes selects IBM servers

Dow Jones Indexes has selected IBM servers to calculate its suite of indexes and averages that are disseminated through major market data vendors.

IBM expands Eclipse services and software

IBM has announced new services, software, tools and support designed to improve the Eclipse platform and to broaden community initiatives.

LAP chooses IBM hosting services

Lima Airport Partners has signed a five-year contract with IBM to provide hosting services for its SAP business applications.

IBM wins U.S. federal healthcare contract

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services selected IBM and two partners to consolidate 17 data-processing centers into three over the next five years.

IBM joins forces with game companies

IBM is joining forces with Hoplon Infotainment, OGSI and Render Rocket under separate agreements to help them innovate in the gaming and animation industries.

IBM, 3Com to deliver “all-in-one” IP telephony

IBM and 3Com plan to offer the 3Com VCX suite of IP telephony solutions on IBM’s “all-in-one” System i business computing solution.

KYOBO signs 10-year outsourcing contract

In the largest deal of its kind for the financial services industry in Korea, KYOBO Life Insurance has contracted IBM to operate and manage its IT infrastructure.

IBM combats worm and virus threats

IBM’s novel intrusion detection tool, code named “Billy Goat,” provides early detection of worm attacks and greatly reduces false alarms.

IBM opens global delivery center in Shanghai

The Shanghai Center expands IBM’s delivery of quality IT services for business application development, maintenance, testing and solution management.

IFPMA taps IBM search technology

The IFPMA’s online clinical trials portal, enabled by IBM search software and industry consulting, delivers information about clinical trials for drugs and medical treatments.

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