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IBM LogoThe month of November at IBM was filled with a slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and corporate initiatives. I was particularly pleased to see IBM put it’s money where it’s mouth is with respect to innovation. The company announced it’s intention to invest $100 million in innovation ideas that were generated by InnovationJam, an unprecedented experiment in online collaborative innovation held earlier this year. The result could lead to new growth areas. 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 November 2006

Energy provider signs $29 million contract

IBM has signed a 2.5-year, $29 million consulting contract to streamline Southern Company’s financial, supply chain and work management operations.

Migration program targets HP customer base

The new migration programs allow IBM Business Partners to extend discounts of up to 25 percent on license fees when migrating customers from Mercury software to IBM.

IBM unleashes new hybrid supercomputers

IBM’s new System Cluster 1350, with its capability to scale up to 1,024 nodes, is a primary choice for building supercomputing solutions.

NCAR installs 12-Teraflop supercomputer

The National Center for Atmospheric Research has installed a new IBM supercomputer known as blueice that nearly triples the center’s sustained computing capacity.

IBM introduces surveillance product

IBM’s new Digital Video Surveillance product includes a first-of-a-kind security technology created by IBM Research, known as the Smart Surveillance System.

IBM launches services initiative in China

Chairman, President and CEO Samuel J. Palmisano launched a major initiative to bring IBM’s global information technology services expertise and capabilities to China.

IBM invests $100 million in innovation ideas

IBM will invest $100 million to pursue new businesses generated by InnovationJam, an unprecedented experiment in collaborative innovation held earlier this year.

IBM opens Centre of Excellence for Oil & Gas

IBM’s Centre of Excellence for Oil & Gas in Norway will be the hub for IBM’s oil and gas-related activities in Northeast Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

IBM, Dept. of Energy to collaborate on supercomputing

The U.S. Department of Energy and IBM will share the cost of a five-year, $58 million R&D effort to further develop supercomputer technology

Grupo Modelo brews with IBM SOA, services

IBM is providing services and employing SOA to integrate Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo’s home-developed applications, creating interfaces with SAP, i2 and J.D.

IBM to acquire Consul

This acquisition strengthens IBM’s Service Management initiative by adding key data monitoring and auditing capabilities across mainframe and distributed environments.

IBM to acquire Vallent

Vallent is a leading supplier of network performance monitoring and service management software for wireless service providers worldwide.

IBM drives evolution of software delivery

IBM Rational Software Delivery Platform 7.0 products will help teams better design, deploy and manage the delivery of software and systems architectures.

AccuWeather selects IBM’s QEDWiki

AccuWeather will deliver mission-critical weather information via IBM’s QEDWiki enterprise mashup maker, to businesses and markets worldwide.

IBM introduces telecom security solution

IBM’s Telecom Core Infrastructure Security Solution monitors and manages not only the health of network but the traffic itself, through a single, integrated system.

IBM to develop custom chips for ASTRON

IBM will create high performance analogue and mixed signal processing chips to be used in thousands of antennas as part of ASTRON’s prototype radio telescope.

IBM adds delivery center in China

IBM’s new Global Delivery Center in Chengdu will provide multi-lingual application development and maintenance services to clients globally.