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.