IBM to Acquire Kenexa To
Bolster Social Business Initiatives
IBM and Kenexa Corporation recently
announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for IBM to acquire
Kenexa, a publicly held company headquartered in Wayne, Pa.,
in a cash transaction at a price of $46 per share, or at a net price of
approximately $1.3 billion.
The acquisition bolsters IBM's leadership in
helping clients embrace social business capabilities while gaining actionable
insights from the enormous streams of information generated from social
networks every day.
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.
IBM Unveils New PowerLinux System for Analytics and Cloud Computing
IBM is accelerating its Linux on Power initiative with a new high-performance PowerLinux server as well as new software and middleware applications geared for the growing number of clients embracing big data, analytics and next generation Java applications in an open cloud environment.
"More clients are choosing IBM’s Power Systems designed to handle mission critical and complex cloud and big data workloads in an open Linux environment," said Doug Balog, General Manager for IBM Power Systems. "Responding to this need, we are aggressively investing in our open ecosystem -- including new products, applications and collaborations -- that support today's emerging Linux workloads.”
South Carolina Selects IBM Smarter Cities Solution to Help Modernize and Improve Delivery of Vital Social Programs to Citizens
IBM recently announced that the State of South Carolina has selected IBM software, part of IBM’s Smarter Cities portfolio, to help modernize its statewide Medicaid eligibility system, transforming the delivery of vital health and social programs to its citizens. The solution is expected to improve program efficiencies while meeting big data challenges and opportunities as the State migrates from a largely paper-based approach to a more open, automated platform to manage eligibility requirements.
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 .
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.
SJ, Sweden’s Largest Rail Operator, Turns to IBM to Improve Mobile, Online Customer Experience, Increase Sales
IBM recently announced that SJ®, Sweden’s largest rail operator, is turning to customer experience management software from IBM to improve its mobile and online booking process and overall online customer experience to increase ticket sales.
IBM's customer experience management (CEM) solutions are helping SJ to understand, identify, and eliminate consumer pain points on online and mobile channels. Visualization and analytics tools designed to help businesses understand and keep pace with the rapidly shifting preferences of today’s increasingly digital consumers are part of IBM’s Smarter Commerce initiative to help maximize the value of every single customer visit (web and mobile) and ensuring that more transactions are completed successfully.
Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, SJ transports more than 100,000 passengers every day, with more than 50 percent of passenger bookings completed online. However, during an initial investigation, SJ discovered that more than 230,000 customers annually were experiencing difficulties when booking online travel with a credit card, which ultimately impacted ticket sales.
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.
Cloud enables control of "Internet of
Things" in the home to manage heating, lighting, laundry via Vodafone's Mobile Wireless Network
IBM and Vodafone recently announced a
collaboration to combine mobile communications and cloud computing for the
remote management of ‘smart home’ appliances.
At the IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin, Vodafone and IBM
demonstrated the mobile management of a washing machine and other smart home
devices that are connected by Vodafone’s Global M2M Platform running on IBM’s
Service Delivery Platform.
Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology makes home appliances more intelligent by
connecting them wirelessly to the internet. This enables them to feed useful
data back to the service provider or manufacturer to achieve a better customer
experience through new functionality and enhanced services.
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.
IBM Expands DevOps Portfolio with New Cloud and Mobile Offerings
IBM recently announced new software, training and resources to help organizations create, test and deliver mobile and cloud applications. These new initiatives expand the development capabilities of IBM’s SmartCloud and IBM MobileFirst offerings.
Mobile and cloud computing are powerful technology trends that have the potential to help businesses drive new revenue and transform the enterprise. Typical software development approaches can take weeks turn around time for code changes. Yet, user choice and ease of movement mean that speed and quality are of the essence for businesses. To succeed in this fast moving market, organizations need to deliver mobile and cloud software faster and more frequently than ever before.
Key to this transition is DevOps. DevOps is an integrated approach to software delivery that integrates an organization’s culture, processes, and tools. It spans the entire lifecycle, from business planning and creation to delivery and feedback. The goal of DevOps is to enable continuous software delivery allowing businesses to quickly seize market opportunities and better meet client demands.
Given the close connection between mobile and cloud applications, the need for a single, automated DevOps strategy for both technologies is essential. IBM’s DevOps portfolio helps businesses address the full lifecycle of software delivery with a common approach regardless of the type of application being developed.
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.
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.
the highly competitive world of telecommunications, the players need
accurate and up-to-date information to manage their businesses,
exploit new opportunities and keep customer churn to a minimum. In
2006, when Virgin Media formed as a single business from the merger
of Virgin Mobile, NTL and Telewest, the company found itself with a
mixed inheritance of business intelligence tools. Realizing the
importance of pulling them together fast, the company immediately set
about looking at the best way to create a more effective single
system that could serve the whole business. A purpose-built,
high-performance Netezza data warehouse appliance makes advanced
analytics on very large data volumes simpler, faster and more
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.
event for European Consultants and System Integrators
6-7 September 2012
IBM Montpellier, France
Organizations that embrace business
analytics outperform their competition.
SmarterAnalytics is IBM’s approach to
business analytics. With IBM SmarterAnalytics, you can extract insights from
your enterprise data and all the big data that is continuously flowing in from
a variety of new sources.
The insights revealed through
SmarterAnalytics can help you make better, faster decisions and automate
processes. You can build a solid foundation of strategic analytics products and
services to take advantage of all your data sources, including structured and
unstructured data. And you can get the support you need to manage change and
stay one step ahead of your competition.
This one-and-a-half day workshop, targeted
specifically to Consultants & Systems Integrators will go into the details
of IBM SmarterAnalytics key solutions that can help you transform your
information into insights and make a difference for your customers.
We will during this workshop:
SmarterAnalytics Strategy, solutions and best practices.
demonstrate IBM Solutions for Analytics acceleration
Analytical Decision Management solutions to intelligently automate a wide range
of decisions across business processes and applications
·Present SPSS –
the industry leader in predictive analytics
·Go through the
competition aspects of business analytics
·Present big data
challenges and IBM’s answers.
We look forward to meeting you in Montpellier. Limited
seats available, please register via your IBM Representative or Technical
IBM Business Analytics inviterer
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Kom og hør hvordan du kan fremtidssikre din organisation!
Vi har fløjet nogle af IBM's dygtigste eksperter ind og inviteret fremtidsforsker,
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Få indsigt i hvordan du kan benytte data til at forudsige kundeadfærd, og
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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
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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.
An event for
European Consultants and Systems integrators
IBM Montpellier, France – January 12th – 13th
are faced with multiple business challenges. In order to manage growing
business demands and complexity, you have to engage new strategies. How can
cloud help you approach these new opportunities, and what strategies should you
adopt to pursue them? What is the impact to your organization and how will you
implement new cloud initiatives? What is your implementation and partnership
roadmap that leads to being a successful cloud service provider? This
one-and-a-half day workshop will help you address all these questions. It is
targeted specifically at Consultants & Systems Integrators. You’ll be given
_ CSP2 or how IBM can
help Consultants and Systems integrators to implement Cloud projects.
_ IBM Cloud Computing
strategy and roadmap.
_ Some of our
offerings that can help you deploy cloud computing environments for your
customers as enhanced Cloud Service
(Tivoli Service automation Manager) or Cast Iron for hybrid cloud.
_ Virtualization and
_ A real
We look forward to
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available, please register via your IBM Representative or Technical Advocate.
E.ON and IBM Deliver Innovative Service Offerings to Customers with New Smart Energy Solutions
IBM recently announced that it has been selected by E.ON Metering to operate its Smart Metering IT infrastructure in a private cloud. The new platform will improve the integration of renewable and decentralized energy sources, while also allowing E.ON to deliver personalized services that will put customers in better control of energy usage.
E.ON Metering, a company of E.ON, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies, will use IBM's Intelligent Energy Service Enablement Platform (IESEP) to improve the deployment and management of smart meters, simplify the integration of renewables, and other innovative services, while at the same time maintaining a high level of customer service.
Under this agreement E.ON will migrate and host the infrastructure in a private cloud using IBM SmartCloud, at one of IBM's Data Centers in Germany. At the same time, the new platform will be upgraded with new analytics and management tools based on IBM Software that will allow E.ON to provide higher-value-added data services for customers. For example, customers will have the ability to view their usage profiles for information about time-of-use-rates and changes in use patterns that can be compared with historical data.
Company’s high-speed memory solutions to boost IBM’s
Smarter Computing approach to IT
IBM recently announced it has entered into a
definitive agreement to acquire Texas Memory Systems (TMS), a leading developer
of high-performance flash memory solutions. TMS is a privately held company
based in Houston, Texas. Financial terms of the deal were not
Founded in 1978, TMS designs and sells
high-performance solid state storage solutions. Unlike hard disk drives that
rely on spinning disks and robotic arms, solid state systems are high-speed
data storage solutions based on Flash or RAM memory that can provide
significantly faster throughput and data access while consuming less power.
TMS offers its solid state solutions as the RamSan
family of shared rackmount systems and Peripheral Component Interconnect
Express (PCIe) cards. The products are designed to help companies improve
performance and reduce server sprawl, power consumption, cooling, and floor
space requirements, all of which in turn can help clients save money, improve
performance and invest more in innovation.
IBM Accelerates Cloud Computing on System z with Acquisition of CSL International
IBM recently announced a definitive agreement to acquire CSL International, a leading provider of virtualization management technology for IBM’s zEnterprise system. CSL International is a privately held company headquartered in Herzliya Pituach, Israel.
A strategic investment in the System z portfolio, the acquisition deepens the consolidation and cloud capabilities by offering simplified management of the virtualization environment. CSL International’s CSL-WAVE software enables companies to monitor and manage their z/VM and Linux on System z environments using a powerful and easy-to-use interface. The software provides drag and drop simplicity to instantly create, discover, visualize and connect virtual servers to resources allowing clients to free up more skilled staff to address other business challenges.
The zEnterprise System enables clients to host the workloads of thousands of commodity servers on a single system for simplification, improved security and cost reduction. The combination of IBM and CSL International technologies will allow clients to manage all aspects of z/VM and Linux on System z virtualization, including CPU, memory, storage, and network resources.
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.
IBM recently announced it has completed its acquisition of
Texas Memory Systems (TMS), a privately held company based in Houston, Texas.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
IBM announced on August 16, 2012, that it had signed a
definitive agreement to acquire TMS, a leading developer of high-performance
flash memory solutions.
Founded in 1978, TMS designs and sells solid state memory
solutions as the RamSan family of shared rackmount systems and Peripheral
Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) cards. The products are designed to help
companies improve system performance and reduce such critical issues in the
data center as server sprawl, power consumption, cooling, and floor space
requirements. Leveraging such solutions can help organizations save money,
improve performance and invest more in innovation.
To read the entire press release please click here
IBM Expands Support for Linux on Power Systems Servers
IBM recently announced new initiatives to further support and speed up the adoption of the Linux operating system across the enterprise. These include two new Power Systems Linux Centers and plans to extend support for Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology to its Power Systems portfolio of server products.
New Power Systems Linux Centers in Austin and New York
In July, IBM will open its first North American IBM Power Systems Linux Centers -- one in Austin, Texas and the other in New York, NY. The centers will make it simpler for software developers to build and deploy new applications for big data, cloud, mobile and social business computing on open technology building blocks using Linux and the latest IBM POWER 7+ processor technology.
IBM Study Points to CMO, Marketer of the Future, as Customer Experiences Remain Top Priority
IBM’s new survey of marketing professionals finds that chief marketing officers (CMOs) are differentiating their brands by crunching big data in real-time and automating personalized marketing campaigns. The price tag for failing to meet the needs of today's so-called "omni-channel shoppers" -- who frequent both online and in-store channels -- is $83 billion in lost sales in the U.S. each year due to poor and inconsistent customer experiences.
Other top findings from the survey point to leading marketers taking greater responsibility over customer service interactions as they become the official brand stewards company-wide. At the same time, leading marketers are capitalizing on big data to better personalize their marketing communications. They are looking beyond segments and demographics to provide the right offers, services and information at exactly the right moment in the customer relationship. Further, marketers are looking to use location-based services to target more digitally-savvy, on-the-move customers and deliver seamless, intuitive customer interactions.
The survey, which identified leading marketers based on their level of adoption of cross-channel technologies and their ability to proactively influence the customer experience, found that 39 percent of leading marketers are adjusting real-time offers based on customer wants, needs and preferences. In comparison, only 15 percent of remaining marketers surveyed do so. Seventy-one percent of leading marketers are delivering personalized messages in real-time through social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and review sites, while 62 percent of leading marketers are delivering those same personalized messages through the mobile channel.
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
IBM Smarter Business
2012 afholdes d. 18. september i Bella Sky
IBM har en vision om at skabe en
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integreret, og vi er alle forbundne, både økonomisk, teknologisk og socialt. På
IBM Smarter Business 2012 bliver du præsenteret for 10 tendenser, der præger
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IBM Placed in Leaders Quadrant by Leading Analyst Firm for IBM MobileFirst
IBM recently announced that Gartner has positioned IBM as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms.[i]
The new report places IBM in the Leaders Quadrant, as measured by completeness of vision and execution ability of IBM Worklight, IBM’s mobile application development platform. Acquired by IBM in February 2012, IBM Worklight is a member of the IBM MobileFirst family of solutions. In just one year, IBM has advanced from the Niche Quadrant to the Leaders Quadrant.
This announcement follows a string of strong showings for IBM MobileFirst services and software capabilities, including IBM Worklight, in Gartner Magic Quadrants this summer. In July, IBM was named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing.[ii] IBM is also named a visionary in Magic Quadrants for Managed Mobility Services[iii] and Mobile Device Management[iv].
According to the report, as this market reaches early mainstream status, Gartner expects Leaders to be profitable, and to present lower risk and consistently high project results as the market begins to consolidate and competition grows. Leaders must not only be good at cross-platform development and deployment, but also have a good vision of the multichannel enterprise, support for standards, a solid understanding of IT requirements, and scalable channels and partnerships to market. Leaders must provide platforms that are easy to purchase, program, deploy and upgrade. Leaders can focus primarily on either business-to-consumer or business-to-enterprise, but vision and execution scores are higher for vendors that can cover both use cases today.
IBM Unveils Big Data, Cloud Enhancements Throughout Systems Portfolio
IBM recently announced enhancements across its systems portfolio that are designed to help organizations adopt cloud computing as they build toward Software Defined Environments (SDE).
Enhancements to IBM’s Smarter Storage line of Flash, disk and tape systems give clients faster access to business critical information and Big Data insights. New High Performance Computing solutions bring HPC capabilities to mainstream servers to help more clients crunch their ever-mounting volumes of data faster.
New capabilities added to the IBM PureSystems family expert integrated systems are designed to help clients reduce the security risks often faced when deploying cloud solutions, as well as enable quick recovery and restoration after disasters. A new mobile solution based on IBM Worklight server on PureSystems for both Power and x86 was created to accelerate clients’ access to millions of mobile users by allowing mobile applications to be deployed in as little as 30 minutes.
“Cloud computing and Big Data analytics are playing key roles in helping organizations lower operating expenses, improve efficiencies, and increase productivity,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group. “But they’re also enabling greater and faster access to business insights, which is fundamentally transforming the ways in which organizations, public and private, are interacting with, learning from, and supporting their customers.”
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 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 Drives Enterprise Adoption of Big Data, Cloud, Mobile and Social Business Technologies
As the world experiences sweeping business change powered by big data, cloud, mobile and social business technologies, IBM recently unveiled new business process and integration software and services that will enable global organizations to accelerate adoption.
According to an IBM study, CEOs for the first time have identified technology as the most important external aspect impacting their organizations today[i]. As the adoption of big data, cloud, mobile and social business technology continue to transform industries, organizations increasingly value how these technologies can improve customer engagement, forge new partnerships and drive competitive advantage. Yet, many organizations are still struggling to reinvent their business operations and keep pace with the explosion of mobile channels and volume of data being generated.
To meet these growing needs, IBM’s new business process and integration software and services will enable organizations to extend and connect their existing infrastructures to a wide variety of mobile devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies. As a result, clients will now be able to simplify day-to-day operations and reach their customers and constituents with insightful information, anywhere and anytime.
IBM Big Data & Analytics: How bigger data creates better decisions
Companies all around the world are using data and business analytics to inform their interactions. Analytics has helped some companies increase online revenue by up to 50%. It's a Smarter Planet - every decision maker can be a smarter one. Let's build a Smarter Planet. Learn more at http://ibm.co/10vCQQK
Big Data Helps City of Dublin Improve its Public Bus Transportation Network and Reduce Congestion
IBM recently announced it is helping the City of Dublin use Big Data to identify and solve the root causes of traffic congestion in its public transport network throughout the city, which means improved traffic flow and better mobility for commuters. Integrating data from a citywide network of sensors with geospatial data means that city officials are able to better monitor and manage traffic in real time.
The Dublin City Council (DCC) delivers housing, water and transport services to 1.2 million citizens across the Irish capital. To keep the city moving, the council’s traffic control center works together with local transport operators to manage an extensive network of roads, tramways and bus lanes.
In a collaboration with IBM researchers, its road and traffic department is now able to combine Big Data streaming in from an array of sources – bus timetables, inductive-loop traffic detectors, and closed-circuit television cameras, GPS updates that each of the city’s 1,000 buses transmits every 20 seconds – and build a digital map of the city overlaid with the real-time positions of Dublin’s buses using stream computing and geospatial data.
"Business. Made Social" var årets tema for Lotusphere i Orlando i januar i år. Der var meget inspiration at hente og naturligvis et bredt udvalg af indlæg på agendaen, der både dækkede teknikken, men så sandelig også hvordan kunder har adopteret de nye samarbejdsmuligheder.
Vi vil derfor gerne invitere dig og dine kollegaer til en inspirationsdag, hvor vi har sammensat en agenda, så vi får dækket både produktannonceringer, strategi og ser hvordan andre kunder gør brug af IBMs samarbejdsværktøjer.
Vi afholder inspirationsdagen:
d. 21. marts hos IBM i Lundtofte
d. 22. marts hos IBM i Risskov
Du får mulighed for at mødes med de andre danske kunder omkring praktisk brug af applikationerne, og dagen slutter af med en paneldebat, hvor du har mulighed for at få belyst forskellige emner. Benyt derfor denne dag til både at blive orienteret og inspireret!
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.
Mobile Experience is Critical to Business Success but Most CMOs and eCommerce Executives Struggle to Understand the Omnichannel Customer, Says IBM
A new IBM sponsored survey of business professionals finds that while chief marketing officers (CMOs) and ecommerce leaders recognize mobile as critical to their business objectives, two-thirds of those same professionals, indicate they don't have a strong understanding of the mobile user experience. With 89 percent of customers choosing to do business with a competitor, following a poor customer experience, businesses are turning to big data and digital analytics to better understand the omnichannel customer.
Mobile traffic continues to grow, with respondents attributing 19 percent of their total traffic to a mobile device. But businesses continue to struggle with providing a quality mobile experience, with 40 percent of companies agreeing that “delivering positive customer experiences is harder on mobile than the web”.
For many companies, their answer to creating a mobile presence is simply adapting an existing website as opposed to building a mobile experience from the ground up, with 70 percent of respondents describing their multichannel experience for customers as “okay” or “poor”. As such, the top three most serious mobile issues include bad navigation/poor “findabilty” screen-sizing issues, and form-filling problems.
IBM Launches Digital Marketing Network in the Cloud to Help Companies Improve Marketing Performance in Real-Time
IBM recently joined by more than 100 business partners, launched the IBM Digital Marketing Network in the cloud to help chief marketing officers (CMOs) and their teams more quickly and easily integrate new marketing services to measure and improve their effectiveness in real-time.
IBM Digital Marketing Network provides customized dashboards for e-commerce, mobile, and digital marketers allowing them to view how their marketing campaigns are performing across paid, earned and owned channels.
Part of IBM’s Smarter Commerce initiative, the IBM Digital Marketing Network can syndicate real-time analytics to any marketing service such as Google Display Network, Doubleclick Search and Badgeville, to help marketers create a more consistent and compelling customer experience based on individual buyer behaviors. Creating a relevant experience is critical; the IBM 2013 State of Marketing Survey cites $83 billion in sales is lost each year due to poor, inconsistent customer experiences.
Thermax Ltd Chooses IBM PureSystems and SmartCloud Over Cisco and Dell
IBM recently announced that Thermax Limited has selected an IBM Smarter Computing solution to serve as both a consolidation platform for existing services and a cloud environment to test and develop new solutions.
Thermax is a strategic partner to industry and business in the energy and environmental sectors, designing, implementing and maintaining a range of engineering solutions that ensure reliable and efficient client operations. Thermax chose IBM SmartCloud and PureSystems over solutions from Cisco and Dell, allowing the company to strengthen its IT infrastructure and enable its clients to operate at reduced cost and with greater safety, energy efficiency, reliability and flexibility.
With more than 30 offices in India and abroad, the company was quick to recognize changing market dynamics in energy and environmental sectors at home and worldwide. In India, business growth in diverse sectors such as cement, oil and gas, food processing, tires, textiles, and chemicals is fueling the emergence of a new set of medium-sized engineering organizations which demand a sustainable model to help them offer scalable solutions that do not require high initial costs and enable shorter development cycles.
IBM Cloud to Deliver New Home Entertainment Services
for Philips Smart TVs
IBM Launches Cloud Platform for the Consumer
IBM recently unveiled a new cloud platform
for consumer electronics firms and announced it will power the Philips Smart TV
platform for Internet services, which will deliver greater interactive services
to millions of TV viewers in more than 30 countries in Europe, as well as Brazil and Argentina.
Through their broadband connections, smart
TVs provide consumers with innovative, on-demand access to an unlimited array
of entertainment options throughout the Internet. In addition to standard,
linear TV, they provide two-way interaction and personalized content, enabling
new “intelligent” consumer services.
The announcement at the IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin provides IBM
cloud services on a pay-per-use basis to TP
Vision, an Amsterdam-based joint venture between Philips and TV
manufacturer TPV responsible for the development of Philips Smart TV.
TP Vision needed a cloud computing
environment resilient enough to support unexpected service demands at any given
time when millions of TV units access a variety of services on its
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 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
IBM recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies Inc., a privately held cloud computing infrastructure company based in Dallas, Texas. On June 4, IBM announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SoftLayer. Financial terms were not disclosed.
SoftLayer joins IBM’s new cloud services division, which combines SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud into a global platform. The new division, led by General Manager James Comfort, will provide a broad range of choices to both IBM and SoftLayer clients, ISVs, and channel and technology partners.
“Cloud computing provides a profound and transformative change in business and government,” said Comfort at IBM. "With SoftLayer in IBM’s portfolio, it will be easier and faster for organizations to adopt game-changing cloud services.”
SoftLayer will enable IBM to deliver an industry first: marrying the security, privacy and reliability of private clouds with the economy and speed of a public cloud. SoftLayer offers a breakthrough capability that provides a cloud "on ramp" for born-on-the-web companies, government and the Fortune 500.
New Project Aims to Make New York’s Lake George the “Smartest Lake” in the World
IBM recently announced the launch of “The Jefferson Project at Lake George,” a three-year, multi-million dollar collaboration with the goal of understanding and managing complex factors—including road salt, storm water runoff and invasive species—threatening one of the world’s most pristine natural ecosystems and an economic cornerstone of the New York tourism industry. The collaboration partners expect that this world-class scientific and technology facility at Lake George will create a new model for predictive preservation and remediation of critical natural systems on Lake George, in New York, and ultimately around the world.
Tirsdag d. 18. september løb IBM Danmarks største kunde-event Smarter
Business 2012 af stablen i Bella Sky i København. Arrangementet er gået fra
primært at fokusere på IBM’s softwareforretning til at være et cross-brand
event. Da arrangementet favner bredere, appellerer det også til en bredere
målgruppe – og det harmonerer fint med, at beslutninger om IT ikke
længere kun tages af IT-afdelingen, men i stigende grad af andre funktioner i
Lars Bang, Software Group, bød de
ca. 1200 fremmødte kunder, business partnere og IBM’ere velkommen til
arrangementet. Inden de mange deltagere blev sluppet løs på dagens forskellige
sessioner, gennemgik Lars
Mikkelgaard-Jensen bl.a. hovedtendenserne i IBM's CEO Study
2012. For første gang udpeger erhvervsledere rundt om i verden nu teknologi som
den vigtigste forandringsfaktor. Og vinder-virksomheder er netop dem, der er
foran på teknologiudnyttelsen.
11 forskellige spor
Der var rig mulighed for at få inspiration på dagens 11 forskellige spor. Jeannette Enghuus fra Arla var
eksempelvis kommet for at blive klogere på Financial Planning Intelligence: ”I Arla er vi meget interesserede i Smarter
Analytics, og Anders Aakær Jensen fra Grundfos gav et godt oplæg og inspiration
til en masse, jeg kan tage med mig hjem.” Erik Rosenbom fraCapgemini var mødt op med en klar
agenda. Han ville høre om processer og trenden på området for øjeblikket. Ole Anderson fra IT-outsourcing
virksomheden Atos havde sessionen om Virtual Desktop på sin agenda: ”Jeg interesserer mig for virtualiseringsplatforme i
bred forstand, så jeg er spændt på at høre, hvad IBM har af tiltag på den
front.” Paw F. W. Jensen
fra MT Højgaard var især interesseret i mobility og håbede på at kunne bringe
inspiration fra dagen med sig hjem i forhold til nye måder at medbringe sine
mobile devices i forretningssammenhænge.
Som noget nyt havde IBM inviteret studerende fra flere forskellige
uddannelsesinstitutioner med til arrangementet. Og der var også lavet et
separat studenterspor for at understrege, at de studerende er vigtige
interessenter og fremtidens beslutningstagere. Ane og Cecilie
fra Copenhagen Business School var mødt op for at få inspiration til specialet
og netværke med potentielle fremtidige arbejdsgivere og nogle af dagens mange
oplægsholdere. Nicki Frandsen
fra Aalborg Universitet, København, var ikke i tvivl om, hvorfor han havde lagt
vejen forbi Bella Sky: "Jeg er her for
at få inspiration - en finger på pulsen. Og så er jeg her for at få en
ide om, hvad der rører sig i det virkelige liv uden for studiet.”
Per Larsen og Outlandish
Forhenværende chefpolitiinspektør og nyudnævnt formand for Børnerådet, Per
Larsen, sluttede dagens faglige sessioner af med en humoristisk tour de force
fra et langt og spændende arbejdsliv – alt sammen sat i relation til IBM’s
arbejde med sikkerhed for borgere i en smartere by. Senere på eftermiddagen
rundede Outlandish dagen af med en intimkoncert indeholdende megahittene
"Warrior/Worrior" og "Desert Walk".
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
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.