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IBM LogoThe month of September set a face pace for the last third of the year. The month was filled with a slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and strategic alliances. One of the most interesting announcements to me was that IBM unveiled innovations for healthcare that will have a dramatic impact on patients, hospitals and the general public. The key trends IBM pointed out were in secure sharing of patient data, fully-informed diagnosis from doctors, healthcare providers and hospitals, speeding drugs to market, and stemming the spread of pandemics.
All the other announcements made by IBM during the month are below, and the complete Index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here.

List of Announcements for September 2007

IBM unveils next generation collaboration software

IBM announced an expansion of its collaboration software portfolio, introducing new products and features to help customers improve productivity, business networking and knowledge sharing.

IBM initiative helps improve service to consumers

IBM’s new IBM Consumer Services Initiative is designed to help businesses across multiple industries connect to today’s technology savvy consumer.

IBM unveils top innovations for healthcare

IBM announced a series of innovations that will dramatically shift the landscape of healthcare and life sciences solutions for patients, hospitals and the general public.

IBM, Scotiabank sign services agreement

IBM announced an agreement to manage Scotiabank’s information technology operations, including data centers, branches and help desk support.

IBM launches new Innovation Center

IBM’s new IBM Innovation Center in Dallas, TX will help start-up companies, software developers, and ISVs create new software and hardware applications and services.

IBM Lotus Symphony earns record downloads

IBM Lotus Symphony, IBM’s new, free office productivity software, has been downloaded by more than 100,000 business and consumer users in its first week.

IBM helps clients advance SOA strategies

IBM announced new and enhanced services and software that are designed to further simplify the adoption of SOA while also supporting advanced information technology environments.

Nokia Siemens Networks, IBM enter partnership

Nokia Siemens Networks will transfer specific parts of R&D activities for four Business Lines of the Service Core and Applications Business Unit to a subsidiary of IBM.

IBM supercharges data management

IBM plans to begin shipping a new version of its General Parallel File System software that acts like a search engine to identify and migrate files between different storage pools.

UTStarcom awards BSNL deal to IBM

IBM, in collaboration with UTStarcom, has commenced work for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. to provide end-to-end networking solutions and services for the deployment of 2.8 million lines of DSLAM in approximately 900 cities throughout India.

IBM expands Lotus Forms

The new version of IBM’s electronic forms software allows customers to take advantage of interactive, open-standards based electronic forms in a Web 2.0 environment.

IBM brings efficiency to the front office

IBM will make its BladeCenter system for smaller firms available with an Office Ready Kit designed to help optimize the platform to run in an office environment.