IBM and the Australian
Open Mark 20 Years of Serving a Winning Advantage to Tennis Fans
IBM recently announced that
new technologies will enhance the Australian Open experience for fans, players
and coaches. Marking 20 years of technology innovation at the Australian
Open, predictive cloud provisioning technology will be used in production at
the Australian Open 2013, the first Grand Slam to deploy the solution. IBM will
also combine sophisticated analytics software and natural language processing
to gauge positive, negative and neutral opinions shared across hundreds of
thousands of social media posts on Twitter, Facebook, news sites, blogs and
videos. The technology will help the tournament measure and understand fans’
views on players throughout the event.
IBM Helps Kraft Foods Deliver
Smarter Service Across Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa
IBM and Kraft Foods (part of
the Mondelēz International group of companies) recently announced the extension
of their engagement until September 2015 to continue helping Kraft in their
strategy of implementing three SAP instances globally in three years. This
includes the roll-out of a corporate template to harmonize business process
across their Developing Markets in CEE and MEA.
This extension marks the
successful completion of the initial roll outs in Central Europe and Russia. The
next project, Catalyst CEEMA Wave 4, is now in progress, covering an additional
11 countries in Eastern & South East Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa, with a planned go-live in May 2013. With
the completion of the program in 2014, 22 countries in the CEE & MEA region
will be operating on a single enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform,
alongside their EU counterparts.
engagement with IBM has helped Kraft Foods implement harmonized and integrated
business processes across the EMEA region and at the same time, complete the
integration of key acquisitions by Kraft. Despite the complexity faced and the
number of countries and people involved in the Catalyst program, we have
managed to adopt a genuine “one team” approach and the extension of our engagement
is a testimony to the success we have achieved together," Bernd
Ruschmeyer, IS Director Catalyst Program, Kraft Foods CEEMA.
Dansk kommune har
valgt CSC som leverandør af kommunal it de næste fire år. Læs hvorfor
it-giganten fik aftalen i hus i KMD-land. Det eksisterende leverancemarked på
driftsmiljøer minder for meget om vilkårene for at lease en bil.
Det mener Michel van
der Linden, der er direktør hos Gribskov Kommune. Og det har fået ham til at
vælge CSC som it-leverandør på en 10 millioner kroners kontrakt, der løber i
fire år med mulighed for forlængelse og mersalg.
fortælle, hvor mange kilometer du forventer at køre i en periode på fire år. Du
får få penge tilbage, hvis du kører mindre, og du betaler rigtigt meget, hvis
du kører en kilometer for meget," siger han.
Han peger på, at
Gribskov Kommune står i en situation med mere og mere samarbejde mellem
kommunerne og med store udbud i sigte fra leverandører, som Kombit kører, og
hvor det ikke er givet, at systemerne fortsat skal driftes af kommunerne selv.
"Man kan ikke som
tidligere sige, at det kun går opad i forhold til serverkraft og
databeholdning. Der kan opstå en situation, hvor vi skal aflevere noget."
Derfor har Gribskov
Kommune søgt en leverandør som vil indgå i en slags samarbejde eller
partnerskab, sådan at der i hele kontraktperioden er incitament til at gøre
tingene bedre og billigere.
Det er også derfor
at kommunen har fundet leverandøren gennem udbud frem for SKI-aftaler, hvilket
er anderledes end man ellers ser, forklarer Michel van der Linden.
IBM recently announced the closing of its
acquisition of Kenexa. Kenexa bolsters
in helping clients embrace social
business capabilities while gaining actionable insights from the enormous
streams of information generated from social networks every day. The net
purchase price is approximately $1.3 billion.
Kenexa, a leading provider of recruiting and
talent management solutions, brings a unique combination of Cloud-based
technology and consulting services that integrates both people and processes,
providing solutions to engage a smarter, more effective workforce across their
most critical business functions.
Kenexa complements IBM's strategy of
bringing relevant data and expertise into the hands of business leaders within
every functional department, from sales and marketing to product development
and human resources.
IBM recently announced that Nextra Teleservices Pvt
Ltd (Nextra), an emerging Internet Service Provider (ISP), has selected IBM's
PureSystems technology to provide the IT backbone for its high-speed broadband
infrastructure. The system will also support Nextra's business growth, allowing
it to introduce innovative value added services securely, quickly and in-line
with increases in available bandwidth.
The new IBM PureFlex System will help Nextra to
remove system bottlenecks, streamline internal processes and ensure
uninterrupted high-speed broadband service for individual clients as well as
for small and medium companies in Delhi Northern Capital Region (NCR).The IBM
PureFlex System, with its integrated storage capability, is ideal for the
management and virtualization of internal and third-party storage that
typically slows down ISP infrastructures. In fact, since deploying the system,
Nextra has seen its storage utilization increased by up to 30 percent.
“We were looking at starting a new line of business
and IBM PureFlex was the best solution matching our needs because of its fully
fledged cloud capabilities,” said Puneesh Singla, General Manager – Information
Systems, Nextra Teleservices. “We believe PureFlex will help us to be faster
and more efficient in designing and marketing new collaboration services to
cater to millions subscribers."
With high demand for its hosted and next generation
services, Nextra required a reliable, flexible and robust IT infrastructure to
handle current offerings, as well as provide data backup and archiving. Nextra
deployed an IBM PureFlex System with IBM Storwize V7000 storage to help
maintain the high quality of its base services such as FTTH Broadband, and
introduce new ones - such as IPTV/ OTT Video based Services requiring
ultra-high system availability .
As social media tools become
more prevalent, those participating in the online conversation become
increasingly influential, especially as their opinions travel faster and to a
wider group of consumers. The IBM Social Sentiment Index uses analytics and
natural language processing technologies to aggregate and gauge consumer public
opinions from Twitter, blogs, message boards and other social media.
SmartCloud™ Continuous Delivery is a DevOps offering that accelerates the delivery
of deployed business services while reducing risk, cost and improving overall
application quality. These lifecycle improvements are accomplished through
automated and continuous integration, deployment, testing and monitoring while
at the same time providing continuous feedback.
IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery provides:
Continuous software delivery pipeline that automates build, deploy, and test to improve quality and drive faster time to market.
Integrated and collaborative DevOps platform to accelerate software delivery.
Visibility and governance across delivery lifecycle to reduce release risks.
Integration with existing development and operations processes and tools to preserve current investments.
Efter en udbudsperiode med
forvirring og usikkerhed ender IBM Danmark med at lukke en god aftale med
Energinet. Der er tale om en ordre på en IBM-baseret storage løsning – et
område hvor Energinet tidligere har været trofast kunde hos HP.
Energinet er en offentlig
virksomhed, der ejes af Klima- og Energiministeriet.
Fredericia-virksomheden med ca. 500 medarbejdere har ansvaret for at skabe
objektive betingelser for konkurrence på energimarkederne og for indpasning af
vedvarende energi i elsystemet. Energinet har længe været en stor kunde hos HP.
Dog er man som offentlig virksomhed forpligtet til at sætte sine IT-løsninger i
udbud. Denne chance forfulgte General Business Competitive afdelingen som
igennem de sidste to år har inspireret Energinet til at udskifte sin
IBM valgte at svare på første
udbud i starten af 2012, i tæt samarbejde med vores dygtige business partner
Komplex-IT som igennem hele processen har stået for kontakt og tilbudsarbejde
til Energinet. Dog kom aftalen ikke smertefrit i hus, da HDS gjorde indsigelse
efter første udbudsperiode. Udbudet måtte så gå om, hvorefter EMC meldte sig på
banen som skarp konkurrent til IBM. Igen, i samarbejde med Komplex-IT og Arrow
som distributør, vandt IBM Storage-slutspurten, og kunne den 30. oktober
underskrive den endelige aftale med Energinet.
Energinet's storage systemer fra
HP bliver nu løbende udfaset og erstattet af en IBM-baseret løsning. På området
for servere står der stadig HP maskiner hos Energinet i Fredericia, men fra GB
Competitive lyder meldingen at man arbejder målrettet på også at vinde denne
Makes $4 Billion in Financing Available for Business Partners
IBM is announcing that it is providing its business
partners with $4 billion in financing
for credit-qualified clients over a period of 12 months. This financing,
available through IBM Global Financing, can make obtaining credit easier and
more accessible to enable IBM's partner ecosystem and their clients to acquire
technologies such as cloud, analytics and PureSystems. As part of today's news,
IBM is also launching a new mobile app as another step to simplify the way
IBM's global ecosystem can apply for financing and gain access to credit within
minutes via any mobile device -- anytime, anywhere.
New Storage and Management Features for IBM
PureSystems Help Clients Reduce Costs, Increase Utilization
New Flex System
Technologies Represent an Evolution Beyond Blade Computing
To help clients increase their IT
utilization and reduce datacenter operation costs, IBM recently introduced new
mobile, management and storage components for its PureFlex
and Flex System portfolios. Key among these components is a new storage system
to help improve storage utilization as much as 30 percent while delivering
extraordinary ease of use.
This storage system is tightly integrated
Flex System Manager and uses IBM Storwize family virtualization and unique
IBM Real-time Compression technologies to help clients reduce storage
requirements by up to 80 percent. As a result, clients can run their most
important workloads with no application performance degradation.
IBM also unveiled new capabilities for
PureFlex and Flex Systems that will provide the management and administration
tools clients need to effectively increase their datacenter
utilization. These include: integrated end-to-end storage management;
mobile access to the system for clients through a wide range of mobile devices
(Android, Blackberry and iOS); and centralized control of user id's and
passwords across nodes and chassis for greater system security. These features
will build upon the capabilities of Flex System Manager to help organizations
more efficiently create and manage their IT infrastructures.
Collaboration in the organization – a social business
One of the biggest buzzwords these days is
‘social media’. Everyone talks about how it’s important to consider a social
media strategy and how their business can be present on Facebook, Twitter etc.
If we can use these new platforms to share and have a dialogue with friends and
family, why shouldn’t we use this new technology to collaborate and share in
our corporate life - within our organization, internally and externally?
Social business is not something that you can assign the marketing department
and expect to be implemented in the organization. It is more of a change in the
way you think which can result in more open, communicative corporate
Being social and collaborating is more than
a company with a Facebook page or Twitter account. It’s about implementing and
cultivating a spirit of collaboration and community throughout its organization,
both internally and externally. And since it is somewhat of a comprehensive
change, the idea of adopting social tools into their organization is often
dismissed. Furthermore, the fear of having no control, less privacy and
security keeps social business out of the business strategy. But as the
employee gets more used to various social platforms and this knowledge and way
of sharing spreads to businesses, leaders have to consider and adjust to the
idea of an open, interactive environment in order for them to stay competitive.
Most of us can all relate to the
overwhelming amount of emails that we receive everyday and how the intranet and
databases can be confusing, chaotic and slow. When you need the latest
information, a social private network allows you to sort and search by key
words and subjects. Furthermore, you can share videos and voice memos to
increase understanding and make processing of the information easier. You can
have FAQ sites and online forums where you’re able to have a debate which can
benefit not only those directly involved, but also serve others from your
organization that might deal with some of the same issues as yourself.
In a world where everything changes at an
incredible pace, the ability to find information swiftly can help your
organization save time and money.
A recent altimeter
report, surveying private social networking decision makers for 250+ sized
organizations, asked how much impact a private social network had on
collaboration between teams and departments. 64.2% of executives told Altimeter
it was moderate to very significant. 65% said private social networking had an
impact on reducing internal emails, while another 60% were able to streamline a
business process. Other tangible business efficiencies as a result of internal
social networking included increased employee retention, faster decision
making, and a reduction in the volume of meetings
However, you can’t just jump right into it.
Companies need to know exactly what they want to get out of it, and then align
their business process with the right tools and platforms in order for it to be
a successful implementation.
IBM Cited As a Leader in
Business Intelligence Services by Independent Research Firm
IBM recently announced that Forrester Research, Inc.
has recognized IBM as a market leader in business intelligence (BI) services
according to the October 2012 report, The Forrester WaveTM: Business
Intelligence Services Providers, Q4 20121. The report, which
evaluates the leading BI providers by strategy and technology expertise, cites
IBM as leading the market in both areas.
Based on a 53-criteria evaluation of BI services
providers, the report indicates that in addition to having one of the largest
business intelligence practices globally, with “capabilities and presence in a
broad range of industries, technologies and geographies, IBM has skills in core
BI areas (advisory, technology implementation, and outsourcing) and has
pioneered some of the most innovative research and offerings in the market
today, such as the Watson cognitive computing system.”
The report also emphasizes that while IBM has a substantial number of external
alliances, with firms like SAP, Oracle and Teradata, it also has expertise in
its own analytics products such as InfoSphere, SPSS, and Cognos. Additionally
IBM is the only vendor to get a perfect score for the Strategy, as well as the
“Use of BI methodology within one’s business,” categories.