IBM Unveils New Technology to Connect a Smarter Planet
IBM’s Smarter Planet strategy took a major technological step forward recently with the introduction of IBM MessageSight, a new appliance designed to help organizations manage and communicate with the billions of mobile devices and sensors found in systems such as automobiles, traffic management systems, smart buildings and household appliances.
Over the next 15 years, the number of machines and sensors connected to the Internet will explode. According to IMS Research, there will be more than 22 billion web-connected devices by 2020[i].These new devices will generate more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of new data every day[ii], while every hour enough information is consumed by Internet traffic to fill seven million DVDs.[iii]
Building on the Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) technology, IBM MessageSight delivers the performance, value and simplicity that organizations need to accommodate the growing multitude of mobile devices and sensors. This enables large volumes of events to be processed in near real time, allowing organizations to consolidate all of the information in one place and more easily glean insights to make better business decisions. IBM MessageSight is capable of supporting one million concurrent sensors or smart devices and can scale up to thirteen million messages per second.
IBM Acquires UrbanCode to Help Businesses Rapidly Deliver Mobile, Cloud, Big Data and Social Software
IBM recently announced it has acquired UrbanCode Inc. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, UrbanCode automates the delivery of software, helping businesses quickly release and update mobile, social, big data, cloud applications.
Mobile, social, big data and cloud technologies are driving demand for new, faster and more frequent approaches to software delivery. Waiting days or even months to get an update to clients is no longer acceptable. With UrbanCode’s technology, businesses can reduce the cycle time it takes to get updates or new applications into market, from months to minutes. This approach is designed to help reduce cost and risk, while helping address changing client needs by enabling a company to rapidly incorporate feedback into and improve the overall quality of their applications and services.
UrbanCode’s software is a natural extension of IBM’s DevOps strategy, designed to simplify and speed the entire software development and delivery process for businesses. The new capabilities also enhance IBM SmartCloud and IBM MobileFirst initiatives by making it easier and faster for clients to deliver software through those channels. For example, by combining UrbanCode software with the IBM MobileFirst Worklight technology, businesses can now author and deploy an application for any mobile device in hours, versus a previous multi-day timeline. The UrbanCode solution also works with traditional applications including middleware, databases and business intelligence.
Arkansas Department of Human Services Taps IBM Smarter Cities Solution for IT Healthcare System Overhaul
IBM recently announced that the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) will roll out an IBM Smarter Cities solution as part of the state’s plan to modernize how it delivers social and healthcare services to citizens. With Big Data analytics, social program management functionality and advanced security capabilities, the new system will reduce cumbersome processes that exist across numerous and disparate information silos.
IBM Drives Flash Technology Deeper into the Enterprise to Speed Big Data Analytics
IBM recently unveiled a strategic initiative to drive Flash technology further into the enterprise to help organizations better tackle the mounting challenges of Big Data.
Flash, a highly efficient re-writable memory, can speed the response times of information gathering in servers and storage systems from milliseconds to microseconds – orders of magnitude faster. Because it contains no moving parts, the technology is also more reliable, durable and more energy efficient than spinning hard drives.
Such benefits have led Flash to pervade the consumer electronics industry and be built into everything from cell phones to tablets. Today, as organizations are challenged by swelling data volumes, increasing demand for faster analytic insights, and rising data center energy costs, Flash is quickly becoming a key requirement to enable the Smarter Enterprise.
IBM Helps Itella Streamline Business
Operations with a Private Cloud Solution
IBM recently announced that
it has signed a seven-year cloud computing agreement with Itella, a leading
provider of business services in Europe and Russia, to streamline its business
operations and improve flexibility and time-to-market. The modern cloud-based
service delivery platform and use of IBM’s global industry assets will enable
and expedite Itella's transformation to a more agile enterprise. The agreement
will allow Itella to focus on its core business and develop new value-add
services for its clients.
Itella provides postal,
logistics and financial transaction process services in Northern and Central
Europe as well as Russia.
As a services company it has specialized in managing its client’s important
information and product processes. As a result of competition and escalating
costs, Itella is now working with IBM to strengthen the company’s competitive
advantage and enhance its business operations as well as improve cost
efficiency. More efficient use of technology is essential to improving its
agility and flexibility.
IBM will build a private
cloud to provide hosting as well as application management and development
services to Itella. With the cloud, IBM will automate basic production of
technology services as well as improve the quality and management of those
IBM recently announced that
it plans to open a center of excellence in New York City to help financial services
firms adopt open-source virtualization technologies. The KVM Center of
Excellence in New York
is the second such center established by IBM in the past five months. The first
was opened in December in Beijing.
The center will help clients, software engineers and business partners to
quickly leverage open-source virtualization to build cloud-computing platforms.
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
(KVM) is virtualization software designed for Linux and Windows. Virtualization
is used for server and desktop consolidation and cloud computing. KVM is an
alternative to proprietary virtualization software and can help companies
realize significant cost savings and avoid vendor lock-in. According to data
from IDC, the worldwide virtual-machine software market was on track to grow to
over $3.6 billion in 2012, up from $3.0 billion the year before, a 19.3%
year-over-year growth. KVM is growing at 150% year over year in terms of unit
shipments, with over 100,000 servers already using it worldwide for
IBM Announces New Innovations to
Help Organizations Benefit from the Next Natural Resource: Big Data
Industry First Data Acceleration Technology and New
Hadoop System for Dramatic Advancements in Speed and Simplicity
IBM recently announced new
technologies designed to help companies and governments tackle Big Data by
making it simpler, faster and more economical to analyze massive amounts of
data. New data acceleration innovation results in as much as 25 times faster
reporting and analytics.
As organizations grapple with
a flood of structured and unstructured data generated by computers, mobile
devices, sensors and social networks, they're under unprecedented pressure to
analyze much more data at faster speeds and at lower costs to help deepen
customer relationships, prevent threat and fraud, and identify new revenue
This announcement, which
represents the work of hundreds of IBM developers and researchers in labs
around the world, includes an industry-first innovation called "BLU
Acceleration," which combines a number of techniques to dramatically
improve analytical performance and simplify administration.
IBM Expands SmartCloud for Social
Business with European
European Data Center Will Give Businesses Opportunity
to Follow Customers such as Shanks that are Benefiting from Cloud Based Social
Business Solutions Today
IBM recently announced that
it will be extending its industry leadership with the opening of a
European-based IBM SmartCloud for Social
Center. The move aims to
help business leaders, such as chief information officers (CIO), chief
marketing officers (CMO), and chief human resource officers (CHRO), begin their
organization's transformation with the adoption of social business
Based in Germany and serving
the needs of customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the new facility
will help businesses follow the lead of customers such as Arnold Clark, Codorniu, Shanks,
and Development Alternatives Inc (DAI) who are
using cloud-based social business offerings to build the 21st Century
workforces that can more efficiently share knowledge to spark innovation and
deliver their customers flawless
IBM recently announced it
has completed the acquisition of the software portfolio of Star Analytics,
Inc., a privately held business analytics company headquartered in Redwood City, California. Financial
terms were not disclosed.
The combination of IBM and
Star Analytics’ software will further advance IBM's business analytics
initiatives allowing clients to easily access financial information stored in
their applications, allowing them to make more informed decisions faster.
Star Analytics software
addresses a rising challenge for organizations -- helping to automatically
integrate essential information, reporting applications and business analytics
tools across their enterprises, on premise or from cloud computing
environments. The software removes typical custom coding for specialized
sources that are hard to maintain, and eliminates manual processes that are
cumbersome and time consuming.
"Applying analytics to
a wide range of data requires organizations to democratize and speed sharing of
critical information across an enterprise," said Les Rechan, IBM General
Manager, Business Analytics. "Star Analytics’ software advances IBM’s
efforts to deliver analytics that span all data sources directly into the hands
of front line employees, and delivers a comprehensive approach to helping
clients uncover new, untapped growth opportunities.”
Star Analytics’ software,
combined with IBM's R&D and prior acquisitions in business analytics
including Varicent, Algorithmics, Clarity Systems, OpenPages and Cognos, and
recent investments in predictive analytics such as SPSS, will provide clients
with a broad range of business analytics solutions. These acquisitions are
part of IBM's larger focus on analytics, which spans hardware, software,
services and research.
The news supports IBM's
long-term growth strategy to expand the company’s business analytics and
optimization software and services capabilities, an area of IBM's business that
is expected to reach $20 billion in revenue by 2015.
IBM has established one of
the world’s deepest portfolios of analytics and big data technologies and
industry expertise, including almost 9,000 dedicated business analytics and
optimization consultants, and 400 researchers. Nearly 500 of the patents
from IBM’s record breaking 20th year of innovation will serve as the building
blocks for future analytics innovations that can help businesses and
governments unlock the power of big data.
With the closing of this
acquisition, it is expected that all Star Analytics employees will join IBM's
Mobile apps are different,
and so are the techniques required to distribute and manage them. Learn how the
IBM Worklight Application
Center makes it easy to
distribute, govern, and collect feedback on mobile apps.
IBM To Make Its Cloud Services and
Software Open Sourced-based
IBM recently announced that
all of its cloud services and software will be based on an open cloud
architecture. This move will ensure that innovation in cloud computing is not
hampered by locking businesses into proprietary islands of insecure and
difficult-to-manage offerings. Without industry-wide open standards for cloud
computing, businesses will not be able to fully take advantage of the
opportunities associated with interconnected data, such as mobile computing and
As the first step, the
company today unveiled a new private cloud offering based on the open sourced
OpenStack software that significantly speeds and simplifies managing an
enterprise-grade cloud. Now, for the first time, businesses have a core
set of open source-based technologies to build enterprise-class cloud services
that can be ported across hybrid cloud environments.
The Cheesecake Factory® Tackles Big
Data with IBM Analytics for an Exceptional Brand Experience
The Cheesecake Factory
serves more than 80 million guests each year, with 200 menu items made fresh
from scratch in each of its restaurant locations worldwide. One of the key
challenges for The Cheesecake Factory is to be able to glean instant insight
from this massive amount and variety of information, also known as big data, to
better serve its guests and to deliver an exceptional dining experience.
Using IBM Big Data analytics and IBM Business Partner, N2N Global's solution,
The Cheesecake Factory has the ability to quickly alert restaurant locations to
remove any ingredient that does not meet its high standards for quality and
consistency, or in the event of a product withdrawal. With this technology, The
Cheesecake Factory can further ensure the highest level of quality and food
safety for its guests.
Deutsche Telekom and IBM Collaborate
to Help Build Smarter Cities
Deutsche Telekom and IBM
recently announced a collaboration to provide an integrated solutions portfolio
that enables cities to make smarter use of their services through intelligent
data capture and analysis. The Smarter Cities solutions will build on IBM's
expertise from thousands of smarter city engagements combined with Deutsche
Telekom's global Machine-to-Machine (M2M) capabilities, which include M2M
solutions integration and advanced network connectivity.
The M2M communication
technology facilitates the automated exchange of information between terminal equipment
such as machines, vehicles and containers or with a central control center –
creating an inter-connectivity often referred to as the “Internet of Things.” By
using sensors embedded in a wide array of systems serving the public -- such as
a traffic lights, public transport vehicles or parking spaces -- M2M technology
can report on the status of the system being monitored via the Internet in
real-time. Combining this technology with IBM’s Smarter Cities expertise will
enable intelligent, real-time decision-making allowing for services such as
intelligent traffic management, route optimization, bus or train arrival
prediction, and parking space management.
The Smarter Cities solutions
from Deutsche Telekom and IBM will notably benefit municipalities as they
deliver significant cost efficiencies through better use of their existing
infrastructure and improved planning of resources. This will help cities more
quickly design and deploy next-generation intelligence systems that improve
sustainability. It will also improve the quality of life for citizens, who will
be able to anticipate traffic delays and bus or train arrivals when traveling,
find public parking spots more easily, and gain improved access to a wide array
of relevant city information and services, for example.
IBM MobileFirst Helps Organizations
Strengthen App Security
IBM recently announced
security software that helps organizations proactively reduce the security risk
to iOS enterprise apps. Clients will be able to build security testing into the
initial design of mobile apps so that vulnerabilities can be detected early in
the development process, before being deployed to customers or employees.
Today's announcement further expands the IBM MobileFirst portfolio, which
marries deep expertise with a comprehensive set of mobile software and
According to Gartner,
more than 45.6 billion mobile apps were downloaded in 2012. As the rate of app
use on mobile devices increases, securing smartphones and other endpoint
devices is a top priority for organizations and Chief Information Security
Officers. With the proliferation of consumer and enterprise mobile apps,
organizations cannot always control or restrict the apps installed on user
devices, so they must test how apps send and save data. IBM’s new security
software can automatically identify where data enters and leaves a mobile app,
helping to prevent mobile data leakage.
Dutch City Region of Eindhoven Works with IBM
and NXP to Improve Traffic Flow and Road
Real-Time Sensor Data from Vehicles and Road Traffic Data with IBM MobileFirst
Enables Officials to Monitor and Act on Unexpected Road Conditions
In this video, IBM, NXP and
partners demonstrate the first results of a smarter traffic pilot, conducted in
the Dutch city of Eindhoven.
The trial demonstrates how the connected car automatically shares braking,
acceleration and location data that can be analyzed by the central traffic
authority to identify and resolve road network issues.
AT&T and IBM Transform the App
Experience with IBM MobileFirst
IBM and AT&T Inc.
recently announced an expanded relationship to provide software developers with
a set of powerful new tools to create and deploy next generation mobile apps.
Customers benefit from access to secure, high quality apps, including those
featuring advanced speech recognition and mobile payment capabilities, which
can transform how they engage in everyday activities.
AT&T has been expanding
its network capabilities and increasing access to research from AT&T Labs
across a range of mobile development platforms, including IBM Worklight. Part
of the IBM MobileFirst Application and Data Platform, IBM Worklight is an open,
comprehensive and advanced mobile app platform for mobile devices.
Now, the AT&T API
Platform, featuring IBM Worklight Adapters, will enable the more than 31,000
members of the AT&T Developer Program to quickly create and securely deploy
enterprise apps that improve subscriber engagement and customer loyalty. With
these adapters that support AT&T’s ecosystem of APIs including those for
speech, SMS, device capabilities, notary management and payment, developers can
quickly and securely create rich, business-ready apps across a variety of
platforms including iOS, Android and Windows.
"AT&T is committed to the success of our rapidly growing developer community. By expanding our platform's reach and making our API toolkit available on an expanding number of platforms, including IBM Worklight, our developers have the information, tools, and resources to continue to build great things and contribute to the mobile ecosystem in meaningful new ways", said Carlton Hill, vice president, developer services, AT&T.
IBM Unveils the Most Comprehensive Mobile Portfolio for Global Businesses: IBM MobileFirst
IBM recently unveiled IBM MobileFirst, the most
comprehensive mobile portfolio that combines security, analytics and app
development software, with cloud-based services and deep mobile expertise.
Using IBM MobileFirst solutions, businesses can now streamline everything from
the management of employee mobile devices, to the creation of a new mobile commerce
app that will transform their entire business model.
This move by IBM builds off
of its experience helping nearly 1,000 customers become mobile enterprises, and
takes advantage of its thousands of mobile experts and 270 patents in wireless
innovations. Additionally, IBM has made 10 mobile-related acquisitions in the
past four years alone.
IBM is also announcing an
expanded relationship with AT&T to provide developers with tools to create
faster, richer mobile apps and services for customers. For instance,
organizations can now quickly incorporate payment and messages into their
“To date, mobile computing
has been dominated by discussions of new smartphones, operating systems, games
and apps,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president,
middleware software, IBM. “But enterprises have yet to tap into the potential
of mobile business. Just as the Internet transformed the way we bank, book
vacations and manage our healthcare, mobile computing is also transforming
industries. As these devices become ingrained in everything that we do,
businesses are now in the palms of their customers’ hands. IBM MobileFirst is
designed to make the transformation to becoming a mobile enterprise a reality.”
IBM recently announced it
has completed the acquisition of StoredIQ, a privately held company based in Austin, Texas.
The acquisition advances
IBM’s efforts to help clients derive value from big data, respond more
efficiently to litigation and regulations, and dispose of information in an
automated way that has outlived its purpose.
IBM estimates that 2.5
quintillion bytes of data are created every day -- so much that 90 percent of
the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. As a
result, chief information officers (CIOs) and general counsels (GCs) are
overwhelmed by volumes of information that exceed their tax IT budgets and
their capacity to meet legal requirements. Storing old, unnecessary data adds
storage and infrastructure costs and compromises companies’ ability to effectively
comply with legal obligations.
Adding StoredIQ to IBM’s big
data offerings gives organizations tools for more effective governance of the
vast majority of information, including its timely disposal to eliminate
unnecessary data that consumes infrastructure and elevates risk. The addition
of StoredIQ builds on IBM's prior acquisitions of PSS Systems and Vivisimo as
well as organic solutions that improve information economics including
value-based archiving, records and retention management, ediscovery management,
and disposal and data governance.
IBM Simplifies Big Data and Cloud
Computing Adoption with New PureSystems Offerings
New Technologies Enable Organizations Such as the New York Stock Exchange
and the Nielsen Company to Manage and Analyze Enormous Volumes of Data
Making it easier for organizations to quickly adopt
and deploy big data and cloud computing solutions, IBM recently announced major
advances to its PureSystems family of expert integrated systems.
challenged by limited IT skills and resources can quickly comb through massive
volumes of data and uncover critical trends that can dramatically impact their
business. The new PureSystems models also help to remove the complexity of
developing cloud-based services by making it easier to provision, deploy and
manage a secure cloud environment. Together, these moves by IBM further extend
its leadership in big data and next generation computing environments such as
cloud computing, while opening up new opportunities within growth markets and
with organizations such as managed service providers (MSPs).
Across all industries and
geographies, organizations of various sizes are being challenged to find
simpler and faster ways to analyze massive amounts of data and better meet
client needs. According to IDC, the market for big data technology and services
will reach $16.9 billion by 2015, up from $3.2 billion in 2010.1 At the same
time, an IBM study found that almost three-fourths of leaders surveyed
indicated their companies had piloted, adopted or substantially implemented
cloud in their organizations – and 90 percent expect to have done so in three
years.2 While the demand is high, many organizations do not have the resources
or skills to embrace it.
These news includes PureData
System for Analytics to capitalize on big data opportunities; a smaller
PureApplication System to accelerate cloud deployments for a broader range of
organizations; PureApplication System on POWER7+ to ease management of
transaction and analytics applications in the cloud; additional options for
MSPs across the PureSystems family including flexible financing options and
specific MSP Editions to support new services models; and SmartCloud Desktop
Infrastructure to ease management of virtual desktop solutions.
IBM recently announced a
definitive agreement to acquire the software portfolio of Star Analytics Inc.,
a privately held business analytics company headquartered in Redwood City, California.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
The combination of IBM and
Star Analytics software will further advance IBM's business analytics
initiatives, allowing organizations to gain faster access and real-time insight
into specialized data sources. With growing challenges in gaining a more
complete view into varying types of data, companies are increasingly looking
for ways to automate and provide business users with self-service access to
Star Analytics software
addresses a rising challenge for organizations -- helping to automatically
integrate essential information, reporting applications and business
intelligence tools across their enterprises, on premise or from cloud computing
environments. The software removes typical custom coding for specialized
sources that is hard to maintain. It also eliminates manual
processes that are cumbersome and time consuming.
IBM Announces Breakthrough with
Combination of Security Intelligence and Big Data
Advanced attacks, widespread
fraud and the pervasive use of social media, mobile and cloud computing are
drastically altering the security landscape. As organizations increasingly need
to manage Big Data, the way that corporate data needs to be protected is
To aid in the detection of
stealthy threats that can hide in the increasing mounds of data, IBM recently
announced IBM Security Intelligence with Big Data, combining leading security
intelligence with big data analytics capabilities for both external cyber
security threats and internal risk detection and prevention. IBM Security
Intelligence with Big Data provides a comprehensive approach that allows
security analysts to extend their analysis well beyond typical security data
and to hunt for malicious cyber activity.
This new solution combines
real-time correlation for continuous insight, custom analytics across massive
structured data (such as security device alerts, operating system logs, DNS
transactions and network flows) and unstructured data (such as emails, social
media content, full packet information and business transactions), and forensic
capabilities for evidence gathering. The combination helps organizations
address the most vexing security challenges, including advanced persistent
threats, fraud and insider threats.
Waterfund LLC recently announced that it has
signed an agreement with IBM to develop a Water Cost Index (WCI).
Scientists from IBM Research will apply Big
Data expertise, acting as a calculation agent, to analyze large and diverse
unstructured data sets. This will be used to develop of a WCI framework that
would estimate the cost of water in different regions around the world. With
its market and financial product expertise, Waterfund will work to structure
and commercialize the WCI.
Population growth, massive urbanization and
climate change are placing increasing demands on our limited water
supply. Forty one percent of the world’s population – that’s 2.3 billion
people – live in water-stressed areas; this number is expected to grow to 3.5
billion by 2025. And according to the United Nations, water use has been
growing at more than twice the rate of population increase over the last
With advances in technology — deep computing
and Big Data analytics linked to sophisticated sensor networks and smart meters
— IBM is helping clients and partners make smarter decisions about water
management. By monitoring, measuring and analyzing water systems, from
rivers and reservoirs to pumps and pipes, we can better understand the issues
around water. IBM is applying its expertise in smart systems and Big Data
to help companies, governments and citizens understand and more effectively
deal with these issues. As governments are increasingly forced to turn to the private sector to fund the construction and maintenance of complex water networks, the Rickards Real Cost Water Index™ will serve as a benchmark for helping measure hundreds of critical projects on a like-for-like basis. Index values will reflect estimated water production costs measured in US dollars per cubic metre for a variety of major global water infrastructure projects ranging from retail water utilities and wholesale water utilities to major transmission projects.
IBM and the Australian
Open Mark 20 Years of Serving a Winning Advantage to Tennis Fans
IBM recently announced that
new technologies will enhance the Australian Open experience for fans, players
and coaches. Marking 20 years of technology innovation at the Australian
Open, predictive cloud provisioning technology will be used in production at
the Australian Open 2013, the first Grand Slam to deploy the solution. IBM will
also combine sophisticated analytics software and natural language processing
to gauge positive, negative and neutral opinions shared across hundreds of
thousands of social media posts on Twitter, Facebook, news sites, blogs and
videos. The technology will help the tournament measure and understand fans’
views on players throughout the event.
IBM Helps Kraft Foods Deliver
Smarter Service Across Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa
IBM and Kraft Foods (part of
the Mondelēz International group of companies) recently announced the extension
of their engagement until September 2015 to continue helping Kraft in their
strategy of implementing three SAP instances globally in three years. This
includes the roll-out of a corporate template to harmonize business process
across their Developing Markets in CEE and MEA.
This extension marks the
successful completion of the initial roll outs in Central Europe and Russia. The
next project, Catalyst CEEMA Wave 4, is now in progress, covering an additional
11 countries in Eastern & South East Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa, with a planned go-live in May 2013. With
the completion of the program in 2014, 22 countries in the CEE & MEA region
will be operating on a single enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform,
alongside their EU counterparts.
engagement with IBM has helped Kraft Foods implement harmonized and integrated
business processes across the EMEA region and at the same time, complete the
integration of key acquisitions by Kraft. Despite the complexity faced and the
number of countries and people involved in the Catalyst program, we have
managed to adopt a genuine “one team” approach and the extension of our engagement
is a testimony to the success we have achieved together," Bernd
Ruschmeyer, IS Director Catalyst Program, Kraft Foods CEEMA.
Dansk kommune har
valgt CSC som leverandør af kommunal it de næste fire år. Læs hvorfor
it-giganten fik aftalen i hus i KMD-land. Det eksisterende leverancemarked på
driftsmiljøer minder for meget om vilkårene for at lease en bil.
Det mener Michel van
der Linden, der er direktør hos Gribskov Kommune. Og det har fået ham til at
vælge CSC som it-leverandør på en 10 millioner kroners kontrakt, der løber i
fire år med mulighed for forlængelse og mersalg.
fortælle, hvor mange kilometer du forventer at køre i en periode på fire år. Du
får få penge tilbage, hvis du kører mindre, og du betaler rigtigt meget, hvis
du kører en kilometer for meget," siger han.
Han peger på, at
Gribskov Kommune står i en situation med mere og mere samarbejde mellem
kommunerne og med store udbud i sigte fra leverandører, som Kombit kører, og
hvor det ikke er givet, at systemerne fortsat skal driftes af kommunerne selv.
"Man kan ikke som
tidligere sige, at det kun går opad i forhold til serverkraft og
databeholdning. Der kan opstå en situation, hvor vi skal aflevere noget."
Derfor har Gribskov
Kommune søgt en leverandør som vil indgå i en slags samarbejde eller
partnerskab, sådan at der i hele kontraktperioden er incitament til at gøre
tingene bedre og billigere.
Det er også derfor
at kommunen har fundet leverandøren gennem udbud frem for SKI-aftaler, hvilket
er anderledes end man ellers ser, forklarer Michel van der Linden.
IBM recently announced the closing of its
acquisition of Kenexa. Kenexa bolsters
in helping clients embrace social
business capabilities while gaining actionable insights from the enormous
streams of information generated from social networks every day. The net
purchase price is approximately $1.3 billion.
Kenexa, a leading provider of recruiting and
talent management solutions, brings a unique combination of Cloud-based
technology and consulting services that integrates both people and processes,
providing solutions to engage a smarter, more effective workforce across their
most critical business functions.
Kenexa complements IBM's strategy of
bringing relevant data and expertise into the hands of business leaders within
every functional department, from sales and marketing to product development
and human resources.
IBM recently announced that Nextra Teleservices Pvt
Ltd (Nextra), an emerging Internet Service Provider (ISP), has selected IBM's
PureSystems technology to provide the IT backbone for its high-speed broadband
infrastructure. The system will also support Nextra's business growth, allowing
it to introduce innovative value added services securely, quickly and in-line
with increases in available bandwidth.
The new IBM PureFlex System will help Nextra to
remove system bottlenecks, streamline internal processes and ensure
uninterrupted high-speed broadband service for individual clients as well as
for small and medium companies in Delhi Northern Capital Region (NCR).The IBM
PureFlex System, with its integrated storage capability, is ideal for the
management and virtualization of internal and third-party storage that
typically slows down ISP infrastructures. In fact, since deploying the system,
Nextra has seen its storage utilization increased by up to 30 percent.
“We were looking at starting a new line of business
and IBM PureFlex was the best solution matching our needs because of its fully
fledged cloud capabilities,” said Puneesh Singla, General Manager – Information
Systems, Nextra Teleservices. “We believe PureFlex will help us to be faster
and more efficient in designing and marketing new collaboration services to
cater to millions subscribers."
With high demand for its hosted and next generation
services, Nextra required a reliable, flexible and robust IT infrastructure to
handle current offerings, as well as provide data backup and archiving. Nextra
deployed an IBM PureFlex System with IBM Storwize V7000 storage to help
maintain the high quality of its base services such as FTTH Broadband, and
introduce new ones - such as IPTV/ OTT Video based Services requiring
ultra-high system availability .
As social media tools become
more prevalent, those participating in the online conversation become
increasingly influential, especially as their opinions travel faster and to a
wider group of consumers. The IBM Social Sentiment Index uses analytics and
natural language processing technologies to aggregate and gauge consumer public
opinions from Twitter, blogs, message boards and other social media.
SmartCloud™ Continuous Delivery is a DevOps offering that accelerates the delivery
of deployed business services while reducing risk, cost and improving overall
application quality. These lifecycle improvements are accomplished through
automated and continuous integration, deployment, testing and monitoring while
at the same time providing continuous feedback.
IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery provides:
Continuous software delivery pipeline that automates build, deploy, and test to improve quality and drive faster time to market.
Integrated and collaborative DevOps platform to accelerate software delivery.
Visibility and governance across delivery lifecycle to reduce release risks.
Integration with existing development and operations processes and tools to preserve current investments.
Efter en udbudsperiode med
forvirring og usikkerhed ender IBM Danmark med at lukke en god aftale med
Energinet. Der er tale om en ordre på en IBM-baseret storage løsning – et
område hvor Energinet tidligere har været trofast kunde hos HP.
Energinet er en offentlig
virksomhed, der ejes af Klima- og Energiministeriet.
Fredericia-virksomheden med ca. 500 medarbejdere har ansvaret for at skabe
objektive betingelser for konkurrence på energimarkederne og for indpasning af
vedvarende energi i elsystemet. Energinet har længe været en stor kunde hos HP.
Dog er man som offentlig virksomhed forpligtet til at sætte sine IT-løsninger i
udbud. Denne chance forfulgte General Business Competitive afdelingen som
igennem de sidste to år har inspireret Energinet til at udskifte sin
IBM valgte at svare på første
udbud i starten af 2012, i tæt samarbejde med vores dygtige business partner
Komplex-IT som igennem hele processen har stået for kontakt og tilbudsarbejde
til Energinet. Dog kom aftalen ikke smertefrit i hus, da HDS gjorde indsigelse
efter første udbudsperiode. Udbudet måtte så gå om, hvorefter EMC meldte sig på
banen som skarp konkurrent til IBM. Igen, i samarbejde med Komplex-IT og Arrow
som distributør, vandt IBM Storage-slutspurten, og kunne den 30. oktober
underskrive den endelige aftale med Energinet.
Energinet's storage systemer fra
HP bliver nu løbende udfaset og erstattet af en IBM-baseret løsning. På området
for servere står der stadig HP maskiner hos Energinet i Fredericia, men fra GB
Competitive lyder meldingen at man arbejder målrettet på også at vinde denne
Makes $4 Billion in Financing Available for Business Partners
IBM is announcing that it is providing its business
partners with $4 billion in financing
for credit-qualified clients over a period of 12 months. This financing,
available through IBM Global Financing, can make obtaining credit easier and
more accessible to enable IBM's partner ecosystem and their clients to acquire
technologies such as cloud, analytics and PureSystems. As part of today's news,
IBM is also launching a new mobile app as another step to simplify the way
IBM's global ecosystem can apply for financing and gain access to credit within
minutes via any mobile device -- anytime, anywhere.
New Storage and Management Features for IBM
PureSystems Help Clients Reduce Costs, Increase Utilization
New Flex System
Technologies Represent an Evolution Beyond Blade Computing
To help clients increase their IT
utilization and reduce datacenter operation costs, IBM recently introduced new
mobile, management and storage components for its PureFlex
and Flex System portfolios. Key among these components is a new storage system
to help improve storage utilization as much as 30 percent while delivering
extraordinary ease of use.
This storage system is tightly integrated
Flex System Manager and uses IBM Storwize family virtualization and unique
IBM Real-time Compression technologies to help clients reduce storage
requirements by up to 80 percent. As a result, clients can run their most
important workloads with no application performance degradation.
IBM also unveiled new capabilities for
PureFlex and Flex Systems that will provide the management and administration
tools clients need to effectively increase their datacenter
utilization. These include: integrated end-to-end storage management;
mobile access to the system for clients through a wide range of mobile devices
(Android, Blackberry and iOS); and centralized control of user id's and
passwords across nodes and chassis for greater system security. These features
will build upon the capabilities of Flex System Manager to help organizations
more efficiently create and manage their IT infrastructures.
Collaboration in the organization – a social business
One of the biggest buzzwords these days is
‘social media’. Everyone talks about how it’s important to consider a social
media strategy and how their business can be present on Facebook, Twitter etc.
If we can use these new platforms to share and have a dialogue with friends and
family, why shouldn’t we use this new technology to collaborate and share in
our corporate life - within our organization, internally and externally?
Social business is not something that you can assign the marketing department
and expect to be implemented in the organization. It is more of a change in the
way you think which can result in more open, communicative corporate
Being social and collaborating is more than
a company with a Facebook page or Twitter account. It’s about implementing and
cultivating a spirit of collaboration and community throughout its organization,
both internally and externally. And since it is somewhat of a comprehensive
change, the idea of adopting social tools into their organization is often
dismissed. Furthermore, the fear of having no control, less privacy and
security keeps social business out of the business strategy. But as the
employee gets more used to various social platforms and this knowledge and way
of sharing spreads to businesses, leaders have to consider and adjust to the
idea of an open, interactive environment in order for them to stay competitive.
Most of us can all relate to the
overwhelming amount of emails that we receive everyday and how the intranet and
databases can be confusing, chaotic and slow. When you need the latest
information, a social private network allows you to sort and search by key
words and subjects. Furthermore, you can share videos and voice memos to
increase understanding and make processing of the information easier. You can
have FAQ sites and online forums where you’re able to have a debate which can
benefit not only those directly involved, but also serve others from your
organization that might deal with some of the same issues as yourself.
In a world where everything changes at an
incredible pace, the ability to find information swiftly can help your
organization save time and money.
A recent altimeter
report, surveying private social networking decision makers for 250+ sized
organizations, asked how much impact a private social network had on
collaboration between teams and departments. 64.2% of executives told Altimeter
it was moderate to very significant. 65% said private social networking had an
impact on reducing internal emails, while another 60% were able to streamline a
business process. Other tangible business efficiencies as a result of internal
social networking included increased employee retention, faster decision
making, and a reduction in the volume of meetings
However, you can’t just jump right into it.
Companies need to know exactly what they want to get out of it, and then align
their business process with the right tools and platforms in order for it to be
a successful implementation.
IBM Cited As a Leader in
Business Intelligence Services by Independent Research Firm
IBM recently announced that Forrester Research, Inc.
has recognized IBM as a market leader in business intelligence (BI) services
according to the October 2012 report, The Forrester WaveTM: Business
Intelligence Services Providers, Q4 20121. The report, which
evaluates the leading BI providers by strategy and technology expertise, cites
IBM as leading the market in both areas.
Based on a 53-criteria evaluation of BI services
providers, the report indicates that in addition to having one of the largest
business intelligence practices globally, with “capabilities and presence in a
broad range of industries, technologies and geographies, IBM has skills in core
BI areas (advisory, technology implementation, and outsourcing) and has
pioneered some of the most innovative research and offerings in the market
today, such as the Watson cognitive computing system.”
The report also emphasizes that while IBM has a substantial number of external
alliances, with firms like SAP, Oracle and Teradata, it also has expertise in
its own analytics products such as InfoSphere, SPSS, and Cognos. Additionally
IBM is the only vendor to get a perfect score for the Strategy, as well as the
“Use of BI methodology within one’s business,” categories.
IBM Smarter Cities
Solution Enables Maryland
to Expand Health Insurance Options for Citizens
IBM recently announced that one of its
Smarter Cities solutions will be used by Maryland
for its state based health insurance exchange currently under development. The
company will deliver the eligibility and enrollment capabilities the State
needs to enable its citizens to find high quality, affordable health
Maryland has almost six million citizens according to the
latest U.S. Census data. In building the Maryland Health
Connection, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange will work with the
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Department of
Human Resources to expand coverage and improve the quality of citizen health
benefits. The IBM solution -- including software, servers and storage -- will
support plan comparison, eligibility determination and benefit enrollment.
Maryland chose IBM for its ability to manage the unique
requirements of government administered social programs. With more than 3,000
social services processes and rules included, it allows agencies to quickly
introduce new programs and supports federal guidelines for Medicaid and public
Company continues its
commitment to environmental sustainability and efficient IT infrastructure
IBM has recently been recognized for the second
consecutive year as the greenest company in the U.S., according to the Newsweek
2012 Green Rankings survey. A panel of independent judges ranked major
companies based on numerous criteria, including their environmental impact,
environmental management and sustainability disclosure. The survey is
regarded as one of the most comprehensive analyses of environmental leadership,
and IBM was one of 500 large U.S.
The report notes that IBM'S Smarter Planet products
and services help clients measure and reduce their resource consumption while
saving money. It points to a system
developed at the company's Zurich Research Lab, where water that cools a
supercomputer is used to warm nearby buildings.
"Environmental sustainability benefits
our clients, our company and the planet, and we are constantly striving for
continual improvement,” said Wayne Balta, IBM's Vice President of Corporate
Environmental Affairs and Product Safety. “We are grateful for this
recognition as it reflects the long term commitment of IBM and its people to
environmental leadership throughout the company's global business
IBM Business Analytics inviterer
dig og dine kollegaer til en inspirerende dag med internationale talere og
Kom og hør hvordan du kan fremtidssikre din organisation!
Vi har fløjet nogle af IBM's dygtigste eksperter ind og inviteret fremtidsforsker,
Anne Skare, til at fortælle om fremtidens forbruger og forbrugertrends!
Få indsigt i hvordan du kan benytte data til at forudsige kundeadfærd, og
få indblik i nogle af de emner, som beskæftiger marketingdirektører rundt om i verden.
Hør en fremtidsforskers bud på fremtidens forbruger og forbrugertrends, og lær
hvordan du sikrer, at alle virksomhedens processer og afdelinger spiller sammen
og er optimeret til at levere de bedste resultater.
8.30-9.00 Morgenmad og Velkomst
9.00-9.45 Udnyt dine kundedata til at forudsige dine kunders
Colin Linsky, Predictive Analytics ekspert, IBM
9.45-10.30 Hør hvad mere end 1.700 marketingdirektører ser som
fremtidens vigtigste fokusområder
Louise Blichert-Toft, Marketing- og kommunikationsdirektør, IBM
10.45-11.30 Fremtidens forbruger – hvem er det?
Anne Skare Nielsen, Fremtidsforsker og Partner i Future Navigator
12.15-13.00 Fra indsigt til handling – dataanalyse der gør en forskel!
Heena Jethwa, Program
Director - Predictive Analytics Market Strategy,IBM
13.00-14.00 – Vi slutter dagen med en rundvisning i IBM Forum Copenhagen – oplev IBM’s
innovative løsninger inden for Smarter Cities og find ud hvordan fremtidens
udfordringer kan løses med hjælp fra IT.
IBM Expands PureSystems
Family to Help Clients Tame Big Data New System Is Up and Running within Hours, Rapidly
Delivers Critical Insights that Improve Business Results
To help global organizations make sense of the
massive influx of data being created daily, IBM recently expanded its PureSystems
family of expert integrated systems with the introduction of PureData
System. Now, clients can more efficiently manage and quickly analyze petabytes
of data in minutes and intelligently use those insights to support specific
business goals across their organization including marketing, sales and
business operations. To read the entire press release press here