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IBM LogoThere was a lot going on at IBM in October. Here are the announcements from IBM – the first three I find particularly interesting. The complete index of IBM Happenings by year and month is here.

List of Announcements for October 2004

Clinic adopts IBM genomics solution

IBM and The Cleveland Clinic will develop a translational medicine platform that will use information from medical records to support genetic research. I think this is really important stuff. Today, diagnostics, prescriptions, and treatments are mostly based on the experience of the doctor. Nothing wrong with that per se, but much better outcomes will be possible when a large amount of experience is extracted from the cumulativerecords of millions of patient records (on an anonymous basis).

IBM unveils first biometric ThinkPad

IBM introduced the first ThinkPad with an integrated fingerprint reader. I can’t wait to get one of these. I am currently using a fingerprint reader plugged in to my keyboard. It makes much easier and more secure when logging in to web sites and desktop applications.


Stop & Shop to roll out intelligent shopping carts

Stop & Shop’s new “Shopping Buddy” is equipped with a touch-screen IBM computer and a laser scanner. Self check-out works really well at Home Depot. Stop & Shop is taking things a step further.

Database software accelerates search

IBM’s new DB2 Information Integrator software enables customers to search through different data sources scattered across information sources on the fly.

Clinic adopts IBM genomics solution

IBM and The Cleveland Clinic will develop a translational medicine platform that will use information from medical records to support genetic research.

IBM helps ISVs deliver software on demand

IBM has expanded its Application Enablement Program to help Business Partners plan and prepare for the business impact of delivering software on demand.

IBM broadens identity management portfolio

IBM has announced new identity management solutions designed to help businesses approach identity management as a core business requirement.

IBM WebSphere software delivers high availability

WebSphere Application Server Version 6 is the first J2EE application server to deliver detection and recovery capabilities together.

IBM announces mainframe strategy

IBM announced a comprehensive set of initiatives and technology introductions in support of the IBM mainframe computing platform.

IBM unveils Express UNIX and Intel-based servers

IBM announced the industry’s first high-performance Express UNIX servers and a new security solution for mid-sized business clients.

IBM unveils first biometric ThinkPad

IBM introduced the first ThinkPad with an integrated fingerprint reader.

Database software automates recordkeeping

IBM DB2 Records Manager helps organizations that need to comply with growing numbers of recordkeeping regulations and mandates.

IBM completes acquisition of Venetica

The acquisition further strengthens IBM’s leadership in the information integration space, a key strategic priority for IBM’s Business Integration efforts.

IBM accelerates on demand initiative

IBM will expand its on demand service centers in North America, Europe and Asia to help meet growing demand.

Tivoli software maximizes transaction performance

IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Transaction Performance 5.3 allows organizations to view key business transactions as they flow through an IT environment.

IBM delivers ultra-dense storage systems

The new IBM TotalStorage DS6000 and DS8000 series bridge the gap between once incompatible high-end and midrange storage classes.

IBM to acquire Systemcorp

Systemcorp is a leading provider of Project Portfolio Management software that provides organizations with a comprehensive view of IT projects across the enterprise.

IBM enhances software development products

New solutions from Rational will unify software development teams on the open Eclipse framework and link business, development and operations functions.

Cisco, IBM automate enterprise security

IBM and Cisco have extended their global security alliance through the integration of IBM Tivoli software with Cisco Network Admission Control technologies.

IBM portal wins learning award

IBM’s Virtual Innovation Center, a knowledge portal for IBM Business Partners, was the recipient of a Gold Award as part of the Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards.

IBM announces 2004 third-quarter results

IBM announced third-quarter 2004 diluted earnings per common share of $1.06 from continuing operations as reported, compared with diluted earnings of $1.02 per share in the same period of 2003, an increase of 4 percent.

IBM introduces new POWER5 systems

The IBM eServer i5 595 and eServer p5 595 represent the flagship implementations of IBM’s POWER5 server product line and IBM Virtualization Engine technologies.

New offerings help customers manage compliance tasks

The new offerings, part of IBM’s Risk and Compliance Framework, address compliance needs such as information management and security.

IBM unveils SMB Innovation Center in China

The SMB Innovation Center, an extension to IBM’s China Research Lab, will allow researchers and partners to tap into local expertise.

FleetBoard, IBM announce new telematics software platform

The new software architecture enhances and integrates the performance of DispoPilot, an on-board computer that supports the daily business of commercial-vehicle drivers.