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
Wimbledon and IBM
Serve Up Enriched Fan Experience for 2012
Enhanced wimbledon.com website expected to handle
half a billion hits
Live @ Wimbledon – new online TV and radio digital broadcast service
IBM SlamTracker with predictive analytics capabilities gives fans greater
insight into the game
A vibrant new digital environment will greet
tennis fans at this year’s Wimbledon, as the
All England Club and IBM announced the launch of the all new Championships’
wimbledon.com has been completely
re-designed to reflect the heritage and appeal of the event, as well as to
offer the tournament’s anticipated 16 million unique website visitors a more
creative and immersive
experience through improved content, more powerful imagery and intuitive
Built on IBM’s SmartCloud
infrastructure to meet surges in demand, the website integrates a new online
broadcast channel, Live @ Wimbledon alongside the interactive analytics enabled
IBM SlamTracker scoreboard, providing a one stop shop for fans wanting to
interact with The Championships.
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.
IBM Doubles its Presence
and CIS Opening 10 New Branches
Part of a $6 million investment to
capture Russian regional growth opportunity in 2012
IBM recently announced the opening of 10 new branch
offices across Russia
and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) as part of a major initiative
to capture regional business growth and increase its presence in the fastest
growing markets in the world.
The move is part of an incremental investment of $6
million that IBM will make this year in the Russia and CIS region to expand its
operations and increase its footprint to 22 offices. To strengthen its support
for clients and partners, IBM will also double its staff in the Russian regions
and CIS countries by the end of 2012. IBM will also strengthen its business
partner network across the region to over 4,000 partners this year.
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.
Steve Wozniak featured guest speaker at Pulse 2012
Pulse 2012 will provide the insights, skills and partnerships needed to improve the economics of business infrastructure and help speed the delivery of innovative products and services. This year's event will address today's hottest topics - Cloud, Mobility, Security and Smarter Physical Infrastructures - in three days of exciting, informative General Sessions.
Day 1: Find out how to gain the Visibility, Control and Automation needed to achieve "Business without Limits." You will hear from customers who are already starting to achieve Business without Limits. Danny Sabbah, IBM Tivoli General Manager and Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President of IBM's Software Middleware Group will also be sharing their insights and vision.
Day 2: The destination is "Business without Limits." But how do you get there? Attend the Day 2 General Session for an in-depth look at Visibility, Control and Automation in action. A panel of IBM customers will share what they have learned on the journey to achieving Visibility, Control and Automation across their entire infrastructure. Jamie Thomas, Vice President of Tivoli Strategy and Development and Angel Diaz, Vice President of Software Standards will outline a roadmap for optimising your infrastructure. Steve Mills, IBM Senior Vice President and Group Executive Software and Systems will share IBM's broader roadmap around Smarter Computing.
Day 3: What innovations in analytics and computing technology will the future bring? Join us for the Day 3 General Session and you will get an exciting glimpse into the innovations of the future. Find out how the advanced analytics used in Watson are being put to work in businesses around the world. Discover what the data center of the future will look like in the year 2020 and beyond. And you won't want to miss our featured guest speaker, co-founder of Apple Computer and innovator, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Steve Wozniak.
ECS og IBM inviterer til IBM Cast Iron workshop, hvor vi vil fokusere
på de forretningsmæssige fordele, samt hvordan løsningen adskiller
sig for de traditionelle integrationsløsninger. Endvidere vil vi
tage udgangspunkt i dine kunders udfordringer og komme med eksempler
på, hvordan du kan afdække din kundens behov for en Cloud-løsning
og dermed stille de rigtige spørgsmål.
desuden ”krydret” med et spændende
indlæg fra Falck,
hvor Bo Ritzau Frydensberg, Senior IT Project Manager fortæller om
deres erfaringer med Cast Iron – herunder baggrund for valg,
overvejelser og ikke mindst gevinsten.
Workshoppen holdes hos
Arrow ECS den 31/1 i Viby og 2/2 i Ballerup.
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 has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Varicent
Software Incorporated, a leading provider of analytics software for
compensation and sales performance management. Varicent software automates and
analyzes the collection and reporting of sales data across finance, sales,
human resources and IT departments to gain efficiencies, uncover trends and
improve sales performance. The acquisition accelerates IBM's Smarter Analytics
capabilities across line of business operations in all industries, and will be
combined with IBM's existing software offerings that are delivered to clients
through on-premise or cloud computing models.
The software enables clients such as banks, insurance companies, retailers,
information technology and telecommunications providers to more accurately
determine compensation, streamline territory assignments, manage quotas, and
report and analyze sales activities. The software also strengthens audit and
compliance readiness and provides transparency for all aspects of incentive
IBM will combine Varicent with its research and development and prior
acquisitions including Algorithmics, Clarity Systems, OpenPages, Cognos and
SPSS, to expand IBM capabilities in business analytics and optimization across
finance, sales, and customer service operations. These acquisitions are part of
IBM's larger focus on analytics, which spans hardware, software, services and
event for European Consultants and System Integrators
6-7 September 2012
IBM Montpellier, France
In today’s business environment, your
information infrastructure must support big data, helping you store it securely
and access it efficiently. IBM offers storage solutions that make it possible
to generate insight from vast quantities of data – fundamentally changing the
way you use information. You need information infrastructure solutions that can
filter vast quantities of data from almost any connected device; analyzing the
data while still in motion; deciding what, if any, data must be stored; and
even virtually integrating the data with traditional data warehouses.
This one-and-a-half day workshop will go
into the details of IBM Storage solutions and differentiating technologies and
how it can help you storing less data, by moving data to the right place and by
storing more with what’s on the floor. It will consist of presentations and live
demos, and is structured around Information Infrastructure pillars: Data
Protection and Retention, Storage efficiency. Specifically Targeted for Consultants
& System Integrators who are working with Storage systems during their
customer engagements or in their own internal or outsourcing data centers.
The Montpellier CSI Support Group invites
you to a one-and-a-half day workshop during which our experts will present and demonstrate:
strategy and positioning
·IBM Storage optimizers
·SVC and Storwize
·IBM Real Time
We look forward to meeting you in Montpellier. Limited
seats available, please register via your IBM Representative or Technical
Grow your value by deploying your private or hybrid cloud with IBM
SmartCloud Foundation – a workshop
September 13th – 14th
Location: IBM Montpellier, France
An event for European Consultants and
Based on the same reliable technology as our
public cloud offerings, IBM has developed a comprehensive product portfolio for
building your own private or hybrid cloud. IBM SmartCloud Foundation features a
range of cloud architecture components including physical infrastructure,
virtual infrastructure, management, middleware, integration, security and
consulting services. These components offer unparalleled time-to-market, integration
and management capabilities.
This one-and-a-half day workshop, targeted
specifically to Consultants & Systems Integrators will go into the details
of IBM SmartCloud Foundation solutions to optimize your Cloud implementation.
We look forward to meeting you in Montpellier. Limited
seats available, please register via your IBM Representative or Technical
IBM har tegnet en kontrakt med Skat om at levere et
kæmpe it-system ved navn eIndkomst.
Det fortæller it-direktør hos Skat, Preben Bialas.
"Vi har indgået kontrakt med IBM," siger Preben Bialas til
Hvor meget Skat har betalt for kontraken, vil Preben Bialas ikke ud med - kun
at der er tale om et trecifret millionbeløb.
Men han fortæller, at Skat får "en pæn besparelse på sine driftsudgifter"
ved at samle systemet hos en enkelt leverandør.
Skat har hidtil betalt omkring 80 millioner kroner for driften
af eIndkomst om året, hvilket betyder, at den nye pris højest kan udgøre
Så med lidt hovedregning og en pæn besparelse ender summen i IBM's lommer
altså et sted mellem dette beløb og 100 millioner kroner.
Kæmpesystemet bruges af danske arbejdsgivere og myndigheder til digitalt
at formidle ansattes lønninger og pensioner til Skat. Det er også basis for
Systemet er meget centralt for Skat og er fundamentet for det samlede
it-setup, hvor systemet gør det muligt at danne selvangivelser og
årsopgørelser for borgere og virksomheder.
"Det er et væsentligt og meget grundlæggende system, både for betalingen
af skat, men også for udbetalingen af sociale ydelser," fortæller
Eindkomst er udviklet for år tilbage, og det har tidligere været
drevet som et samarbejde mellem tre leveranører, nemlig KMD, IBM og
Ny kontrakt til 2016
Med den nye kontrakt hos IBM er det meningen at samle systemet hos en enkelt
leverandør i løbet af otte måneder.
Ifølge udbudsmaterialet lyder kontrakten på både drift, support, vedligehold og
videreudvikling af systemet.
Kontrakten løber frem til 2016. Hvis parterne benytter mulighenden for
forlængelse, løber den til 2019.
Skat har tidligere været nødt til at lade udbuddet gå om.
IBM vandt kontrakten foran Logica og KMD, som også havde budt på