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IBM LogoThe month of March was another busy one at IBM. The month was filled with a slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and strategic alliances. The list of announcements made by IBM during the month is below, and the complete Index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here.
A number of the announcements are related to datacenters. IBM builds state-of-the-art data centers around the world, not only for itself but for companies of all kinds. One of the most recent contracts was with Telecom Egypt. It will include the world’s most sophisticated energy-efficient technologies.

List of Announcements for March 2008

IBM publishes 2007 Annual Report

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IBM acquires Encentuate

IBM has acquired Encentuate, Inc., a provider of identity and access management software focused on enterprise single sign-on and integration of strong authentication technology.

IBM cracks Web 2.0 security concerns with “SMash”

SMash, short for secure mashup, allows information from different sources to talk to each other, but keeps them separate so malicious code cannot creep into enterprise systems.

IBM launches the IBM Institute for Business Value

The IBM India Institute for Business Value addresses the growing demand for high value services by clients in India and for those seeking to break into the market.

IBM upgrades enterprise search software

IBM OmniFind Enterprise Edition 8.5 search software features enhancements that help customers rapidly gain insight and value from their business information.

businessMart selects IBM SOA and Web 2.0 technologies

businessMart AG, Inc. has accelerated its entry into new business markets, thanks to a new Web-based trading platform built on IBM service-oriented architecture and Web 2.0 technology.

IBM announces Cloud Computing hub in Dublin

Europe’s first Cloud Computing Center will deliver research and services to a number of satellite facilities to be built in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

New IBM software brings Web 2.0 to mobile phones

IBM announced that the Lotus Expeditor software platform is extending desktop computing and Web 2.0 capabilities to mobile phones.

IBM Lotus Sametime named Product of the Year

Lotus Sametime software has been named the 2007 Product of the Year by Unified Communications magazine.

IBM awarded ‘smart tolling’ project

Queensland Motorways has awarded IBM a technology and services contract to introduce automated free-flow tolling across south east Queensland’s toll roads.

IBM expands Information Server software platform

IBM Information Server FastTrack, a new module for IBM Information Server, is designed to help customers simplify and speed deployment of information integration projects.

UK Police Authority and IBM sign services agreement

The joint venture aims to establish a unique shared services approach to managing service delivery to approximately 1.5 million residents and lead to cost savings and improved efficiency.

IBM’s Corporate Service Corps heading to six emerging countries

One hundred IBM employees will participate in the company’s the new program to develop leadership skills while addressing socio-economic challenges in emerging markets.

IBM, academia launch Cloud Computing initiative

This new project includes the creation of a prototype computing cloud that links data centers from Georgia Tech and Ohio State.

IBM announces credit solution for Canadian resellers

IBM Global Financing is extending the IBM Flexible Credit program to Canadian resellers of IBM and non-IBM equipment, software and services.

IBM introduces the first in a new generation of Power Systems

The new Power Systems servers will incorporate industry-leading POWER6 processors and support UNIX, Linux and i applications simultaneously on a single server system.

IBM Blue Gene selected for HIV research project

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh and IBM announced a five-year joint research project to use supercomputing simulations combined with lab experiments to speed the design of drugs aimed at inhibiting infection by the HIV virus.

IBM builds green data center for GIB-Services

The new energy-efficient data center offers a first-of-its-kind energy model where a direct heat exchange will take place between the data center and a public swimming pool in the town.

IBM completes acquisition of Telelogic AB

Telelogic provides software to develop technical systems and enterprise architecture; it will report into the IBM Rational Software unit.

IBM identifies challenges in public management

The IBM Center for The Business of Government has detailed ten critical challenges facing public policy management in the decade to come.

IBM builds state-of-the-art data center for Telecom Egypt

IBM and Telecom Egypt announced the construction of an innovative data center for Telecom Egypt that includes the world’s most sophisticated energy-efficient technologies.