IBM Happenings: September 2004

IBM LogoMany companies slow down during the late summer and take a while to get back in high gear in September. Based on the announcements from IBM, it did not seem that the company took much of a breather. Here are the announcements from IBM. The complete index of IBM Happenings by year and month is here.

Starting with this posting of “IBM Happenings”, I will do the postings monthly. I may highlight a couple of the announcements that I personally found quite interesting. Out of the current couple of dozen announcements the ones about voice recognition, RFID, and speech enablement of Apache are quite leading edge. These projects show where the future is going to be — and already unfolding.

List of Announcements for September 2004

IBM delivers in-car speech recognition

Working with Honda Motor Company, the two have jointly developed an in-vehicle speech-recognition system using IBM’s Embedded ViaVoice software.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7272.wss

IBM expands RFID offerings

A broad suite of services has been announced to to speed the benefits of RFID systems to industrial companies and mid-market businesses. RFID is going to be part of our everyday life very soon.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7303.wss

IBM to contribute speech software to Apache

Sounds boring, but contributing Reusable Dialog Components to Apache Software Foundation and proposing a project at Eclipse to donate markup editors for speech standards will accelerate making the Web something we can talk to and listen to.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7293.wss

Software helps automate operations

WebSphere Business Integration Modeler Version 5 helps companies model the flow of myriad business processes across their IT systems.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7257.wss

Circuit City, IBM launch technology initiative

IBM will help Circuit City transform its point-of-sale systems and other in-store technology.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7256.wss

Sodexho selects IBM for application transformation

IBM will implement Sodexho’s new Asia Pacific financial and accounting systems and host the supporting technology and applications.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7260.wss

IBM wins VARBusiness awards

The VARBusiness ARC Awards recognize outstanding partner programs in 18 product and service categories; IBM walked away with eight overall category wins.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7261.wss

IBM to acquire Venetica

Venetica’s enterprise content integration software enables organizations to access unstructured information and integrate it into existing business processes.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7265.wss

IBM to open third supercomputing center

IBM’s Deep Computing Capacity on Demand center in Houston will provide supercomputing power for the petroleum industry.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7266.wss

IBM boosts cross-platform printing

IBM Printing Systems announced enhanced functionality in its Infoprint Manager solution on AIX platforms to natively drive Metacode datastreams.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7264.wss

IBM, Intel open BladeCenter design specifications

The specifications allow hardware vendors to more easily create BladeCenter-compatible products and participate in the rapidly growing blade server market segment.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7274.wss

IBM technology serves up US Open results

An IBM eServer i5 system will run the USOpen.org Internet scoring system, content publisher and staging server through the tournament’s conclusion.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7273.wss

Canadian retailer employs IBM Store Integration Framework

Hudson’s Bay Company is using IBM’s Store Integration Framework as part of an integrated replenishment and stockroom management system.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7275.wss

IBM delivers in-car speech recognition

IBM and Honda Motor Company have jointly developed an in-vehicle speech-recognition system using IBM’s Embedded ViaVoice software.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7272.wss

IBM unveils PartnerWorld Automotive Industry Network

The PartnerWorld Industry Networks provide ISVs with sales support and technical resources tailored to their industry requirements.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7271.wss

IBM unveils new AMD Opteron-based server

The IBM eServer 326 is the first two-way, rack-dense server to announce support of the AMD dual-core specification.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7285.wss

IBM supercomputer to advance protein research

AIST, a leading Japanese research laboratory, will use an IBM BlueGene/L supercomputer to advance their research in proteins.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7279.wss

IBM releases new autonomic software

IBM’s DB2 Universal Database delivers autonomic computing capabilities that reduce time spent on administration tasks by up to 65 percent.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7286.wss

IBM introduces entry-level storage server

The new IBM TotalStorage DS300, an entry-level disk server with advanced features, is priced under $3,000 for mid-sized businesses.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7276.wss

IBM demonstrates single-atom magnetic measurements

IBM scientists have measured the energy required to flip the magnetic orientation of a single atom; the first result of a new technique expected to revolutionize future information technologies.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7287.wss

IBM introduces IBM eServer OpenPower 720

With the powerful new server, IBM brings a decade of 64-bit architecture experience and mainframe-inspired reliability features to an entry level server.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7292.wss
A teleconference was held on September 10 to discuss the new servers. Additional materials and replay information are available at:
https://www-03.ibm.com/itanalyst/crsite.nsf/pages/homepage

Kodak teams with IBM to develop image sensors

The multi-year agreement will allow Kodak to commercialize a new family of CMOS image sensor (CIS) devices, powering mass-market products, such as digital cameras and camera phones.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7297.wss

A teleconference was held on September 16 to discuss the agreement. Replay information is available at:
https://www-03.ibm.com/itanalyst/crsite.nsf/pages/homepage

IBM to contribute speech software to Apache

IBM is contributing Reusable Dialog Components to Apache Software Foundation and proposing a project at Eclipse to donate markup editors for speech standards.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7293.wss

IBM launches Center for Business Optimization

The Center for Business Optimization will combine management consulting, advanced mathematical research and deep computing power to help solve complex business problems.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7305.wss

PeopleSoft, IBM announce alliance

As part of the new alliance, PeopleSoft will standardize its applications on IBM’s middleware platform; both companies will market the joint solutions.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7302.wss

A teleconference was held on September 21 to discuss the alliance. Additional materials and replay information are available at:
https://www-03.ibm.com/itanalyst/crsite.nsf/pages/homepage

Boeing, IBM boost net-centric technology

The companies will develop advanced digital communications and information technologies for current and future DoD and intelligence systems.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7301.wss

A teleconference was held on September 20 to discuss the announcement. Replay information is available at:
https://www-03.ibm.com/itanalyst/crsite.nsf/pages/homepage

IBM expands RFID offerings

IBM has announced a broad suite of services to speed the benefits of RFID systems to industrial companies and mid-market businesses. http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7303.wss

IBM announces new Grid projects

The new projects include a pilot for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as five commercial Grid projects.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7298.wss

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