IBM Happenings: May 2005

IBM LogoThe month of May contained some a lot of interesting news and it looks like it will be another very busy year for IBM. One of the biggest items was the closing of the Lenovo transaction. They are off and running. The new ThinkPad T43p is awesome. The announcements made by the company in May are listed below and the complete index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here.

List of Announcements for May 2005

IBM expands information management software portfolio

The offerings include new technologies and assets immediately incorporated into IBM’s portfolio following completion of the acquisition of Ascential Software.

New software helps automate records management

IBM’s Federated Records Management technology eliminates the complexity of centrally managing recordkeeping policies for content throughout an organization.

IBM plans restructuring actions

IBM announced a series of restructuring actions designed to improve the company’s efficiencies and strengthen its client-facing operations.

IBM completes acquisition of Ascential Software

Ascential Software creates software used to help build enterprise data warehouses and manage master repositories of critical business information.

Lenovo completes acquisition of IBM’s Personal Computing Division

Lenovo Group Limited announced the closing of the acquisition of IBM’s Personal Computing Division, creating the third-largest personal computing company in the world.

IBM wins U.S. Navy contract

IBM won a contract with the U.S. Department of the Navy to provide financial and accounting services to help streamline the Navy’s financial systems.

IBM acquires Gluecode Software

Gluecode’s software and related subscription support services provide a flexible and affordable infrastructure to organizations that need a reliable alternative to traditional software offerings.

IBM, Lawson team to deliver integrated business solutions

The two companies will develop and market new vertical offerings across industries including healthcare, retail, government and other service sector markets.

IBM’s enhances PLM Express Portfolio

“PLM Express for Industrial Products and Consumer Goods” and “PLM Express for Electronics” now deliver more functionality to mid-sized companies.

Fireman’s Fund selects IBM for business transformation

IBM will help Fireman’s Fund shift its IT operations to an SOA that enables consolidation of costly and redundant applications.

New storage server shatters price-performance barrier

The new IBM TotalStorage DS4800 is priced similarly to the EMC CX700 and HP EVA5000, yet offers up to twice the maximum performance.

New IBM Express offerings help secure IT infrastructure

IBM’s new set of Express hardware, software, services and financing offerings enable clients to address security and compliance issues.

New offering speeds claims processing

IBM’s new Fast Path uses componentized models of the claim value chain to easily automate elements that form core claims-processing capabilities.

IBM introduces IT Service Management

IBM’s new IT service management solutions translate IT processes into manageable pieces, or services, and then automate their integration.

IBM, Red Hat launch Solaris-to-Linux migration initiatives

The new program includes solutions and support offerings designed to help customers migrate from Solaris to multi-platform Linux servers.

IBM introduces BladeCenter “business-in-a-box” for SMB

IBM eServer BladeCenter Business Express allows customers to use an affordable approach for creating and deploying powerful, customized solutions.

IBM, Toppan Printing to develop advanced photomasks

The two companies will jointly develop photomasks for next generation, 45nm semiconductor manufacturing processes.

IBM, Indigo BioSystems create research repository

The two companies will host a global warehouse capable of storing raw human proteomics data, allowing researchers to re-mine existing data.

IBM launches economic development grid initiative

IBM has completed work with OneCleveland, a nonprofit, to evaluate the potential of using Grid computing to support its economic development initiatives.

IBM Investors’ Briefing

Sam Palmisano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and senior leaders of IBM’s major business units presented a perspective on IBM’s strategy and operations to the Investor community on May 20, 2005. A replay of the audiocast is available at:

IBM software enhances privacy

IBM’s new DB2 Anonymous Resolution helps customers share information with other organizations, while protecting the identity of individuals within their respective data repositories.

Nortel, IBM to establish joint development center

The companies will work together to enhance and extend current products, drawing from various divisions within Nortel and IBM, to drive new revenue growth while reducing R&D costs.

IBM unveils adoption model for SOA

IBM’s new Business Integration Adoption Model is designed to accelerate the business benefits from SOA and establish a roadmap for increasing business value over time.

IBM enables ISVs to deliver software as a service

IBM has announced new resources to help ISVs develop and adapt business solutions — such as accounting, human resources and ERP — to be delivered as services.

IBM, Red Hat to enhance Linux knowledge

Through the IBM Academic Initiative and Red Hat Academy programs, the two organizations will collaborate with educators on Linux skills-building and curriculum development.

IBM solution aims to modernize pharmaceutical industry

IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences has developed a Proof of Concept that demonstrates how the FDA’s Science of Design and Manufacturing Science concepts can be enabled in a Service Oriented Architecture.

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