Five important things I almost missed
Delaney Turner 270003RQ8K Delaney.Turner@ca.ibm.com | | Tags:  social-business ibmsoftware
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Well. That was an interesting few days.
Having inadvertently fried my motherboard last week, I found myself with bit of extra time to catch up on my reading. Turns out I’ve been missing a lot. Here's the first batch...
On the collaboration front:
1. Preparations for IBM Lotusphere and IBM Connect continue apace. Early bird discounts are still available. Click for Lotusphere pricing or for IBM Connect pricing.
2. Yesterday, we announced seven new enterprise-class social networking and collaboration mobile apps. Adding to our industry-leading social networking capabilities, the new products include IBM Connections for the iPad and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler for Android.
3. Congratulations to the IBM Champions for Collaboration! Christian Henseler , Fabrizio Marchesano, Glenn Kline and Tom Simmons are among the 13 additions to the growing ranks of IBM Champions. These individuals spend a considerable amount of time, energy, and resources evangelizing for IBM, sharing their knowledge and helping grow the community of users and business leaders focused on our solutions. As champions, they will receive an IBM Champion merchandise package, increased visibility on IBM sites, invitations and discounts to IBM events, recognition at select conferences, and access to key IBM business executives and technical leaders. Visit the IBM Champion site to read more about the program and get to know the current IBM or read the full post by Joyce Davis over on the Social Business Insights blog.
On the Acquisitions front
IBM acquired two companies this week, furthering our mission to make the world work smarter.
4. Today, we announced a definitive agreement to acquire DemandTec in an all-cash transaction of roughly U.S. $440 million, or $13.20 per share. The acquisition of DemandTec will extend our Smarter Commerce initiative by adding cloud-based price, promotion and other merchandising and marketing analytics to help companies better define the best price points and product mix based on customer buying trends.
5. On Monday, we announced a definitive agreement to acquire Dublin-based Curam Software Ltd. to extend our Smarter Cities initiative. Financial terms were not disclosed. Curam means "care and protection" in Irish. Curam Software allows cities and governments to provide a single view of benefits and services available across agencies, levels of government and private and not-for-profit organizations. Curam Software's Platform also allows government and providers to focus on lowering overall program costs by ensuring that the benefits and services provided address core issues and that people become more self-sufficient.
There's more, believe. me. I'll be back tomorrow with thoughts from LeWeb and the best from around the IBM Blogosphere.