IBM Happenings: October 2006

IBM LogoThe month of October 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 China as it announced a plan to jointly invest there with Lehman Brothers. 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 October 2006

New software, services accelerate use of SOA

The new software and services focus on using business process management to exploit benefits from SOA, SOA governance, preparing infrastructures for SOA and creating industry-specialized SOA services.

IBM acquires Ubiquity product line

IBM has acquired the DORANA product line of Ubiquity Pty Limited; the acquisition accelerates the delivery of asset management capabilities for System z software.

IBM announces plans for mainframe simplification

The five-year effort will enable technology administrators and computer programmers to more easily program, manage and administer a mainframe system.

IBM to improve services for veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has selected IBM to create a standardized and secure IT environment enabling the seamless delivery of services to veterans.

IBM to deliver e-payment system

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority has tapped IBM’s High Performance On Demand Solutions Labs to build a smart card e-payment infrastructure for its mass transit network.

IBM, Xing revolutionize karaoke

Engineers and designers at both Xing Incorporated and IBM Technology Collaboration Solutions have developed two new wireless karaoke portable controllers.

IBM completes FileNet acquisition

The FileNet acquisition enhances IBM’s ability to meet client demand for a combination of content- and process-centric business process management capabilities.

IBM completes acquisition of MRO Software

This acquisition builds upon IBM’s strategy to leverage consulting, services and software to create tools that help clients optimize and transform their businesses.

Translation technology assists troops

IBM’s bidirectional English to Arabic translation software is designed to improve communication between U.S. military personnel and Iraqi forces and citizens.

IBM unveils new SOA partner initiative

IBM’s new initiative, “Ready for SOA,” provides incentives for members in the IBM Business Partner SOA Specialty program.

IBM shifts procurement headquarters to China

IBM moved its global procurement headquarters to Shenzhen, China in order to to draw more efficiently on its global capabilities, marking the first time the headquarters of a corporate-wide organization has been located outside the U.S.

IBM reports 2006 third-quarter results

IBM announced third-quarter 2006 diluted earnings of $1.45 per share from continuing operations, an increase of 54 percent as reported, compared with diluted earnings of $.94 per share in the third quarter of 2005.
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IBM announces Information Server platform

IBM Information Server is the first unified software platform that helps organizations understand their data sources and cleanse, transform and deliver data.

IBM unveils Master Data Management software

IBM WebSphere Customer Center 7.0 provides advanced capabilities in managing data corruption, eliminating duplicate data and enhancing semantic-based searches across multiple domains.

IBM expands e-mail storage solution

IBM’s new e-mail archiving and storage solution includes Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 software and IBM server and storage hardware, software and services.

IBM initiative helps combat fraud

IBM’s Threat & Fraud Intelligence strategy includes five focused solution portfolios with a re-usable technology platform – each tailored for a specific industry or focus area.

IBM completes acquisition of Internet Security Systems

This acquisition advances IBM’s strategy to utilize IT services, software and consulting expertise to help clients optimize and transform their businesses.

IBM advances chip-cooling technology

The new technique, called “high thermal conductivity interface technology,” allows a twofold improvement in heat removal over current methods.

IBM, Oracle announce joint initiative

IBM and Oracle will collaborate on the sales and marketing of a series of enterprise solutions with Oracle applications and technology for Linux on System z.

IBM launches “Beer Living Lab”

The project will track shipments of Heineken beer from Europe to the United States using satellite and cellular technology resulting in faster deliveries and reduced costs.

IBM technology improves speaking skills

IBM’s India Research Laboratory has developed a Web-based, interactive language technology to help people improve their English speaking skills.

VARBusiness honors IBM with award

IBM received the VARBusiness Tech Innovator of the Year Award for its Express Managed Services Portfolio for small and medium-sized businesses.

IBM expands enterprise storage line

IBM has added new models to its enterprise tape portfolio, including the world’s first 700 GB physical capacity linear tape media.

IBM, Lehman Brothers to invest in China

IBM and Lehman Brothers have created the China Investment Fund to drive the financial and business transformation of Chinese enterprises.

IBM unveils new Lotus development platform

IBM has announced Lotus Expeditor, a development platform for creating Eclipse-based and Web 2.0 applications.

IBM unveils virtualization dashboard

IBM’s new Virtualization Manager software allows companies to discover, monitor and manage computing resources from a common portal.

IBM unveils dynamic data warehouse

The new DB2 Data Warehouse 9 utilizes IBM’s patented pureXML technology that allows customers to efficiently store and use data in an XML format.

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