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Primeur monthly 2011-05-

Industry

Cisco announces intent to acquire newScale ...

GigaSpaces announces new product for enterprise PaaS & ISV SaaS enablement ...

HP accelerates channel partner Cloud opportunities ...

Coca-Cola FEMSA signs $100 million technology services agreement with HP to support growth ...

HP defines go-to-market strategy for Connected World at Americas Partners Conference ...

HP opens new research facility to advance sustainable data centre technologies ...

U.S. Special Operations Command selects HP for worldwide data centre services ...

IBM launches Power Development Lab in Taiwan ...

IBM Watson goes to school to engage next generation of innovators ...

Cameroon Ministry of Finance selects IBM mainframe system ...

Microsoft survey reveals 39 percent of SMEs to pay for Cloud services within three years ...

Platform Computing Announces Support for MapReduce ...

Red Hat reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 results ...

Antarctic icebergs play a key role in the carbon cycle ...

SDSC's CIPRES Gateway provides window to the past - and fast ...

SGI Channel Network Programme receives CRN's Five-Star Partner rating designation for second year in a row ...

Researchers in Taiwan to use volunteer computing to visualise earthquakes ...

University of Westminster launches new DIY supercomputer saving hundreds of thousands of pounds ...

Ian Foster to receive IEEE Computer Society's Tsutomu Kanai Award ...

Digital infrastructure, Cloud computing transforming fragmented manufacturing industry value chain, according to Microsoft study ...

Presentations from the 27th ORAP Forum now available ...

University of Texas at Austin dedicates Lonestar 4 supercomputer for open science community ...

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment accelerates engineering efforts with SGI Altix UV ...

SGI offers free technical computing Cloud services in Japan to help customers in affected areas ...

Hewlett-Packard/American Chemical Society Award given for computational chemistry ...

Yale purchases world-class supercomputer ...

Calculations with 14 quantum bits ...

Cycle Computing creates a 10,000 core cluster in the Cloud ...

Breakthrough study confirms cause of short gamma-ray bursts ...

OSU chemist developing solution to nerve agent exposure ...

University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute expands resources with addition of new supercomputer ...

Cray CX1000 supercomputer to feature the new Intel Xeon processor E7 family ...

Xerox chooses bullion to virtualize its critical business applications ...

IBM's MRSA infection-fighting nanotechnology caps century of health care innovation ...

Version 3.1 of BOINC LCS now available ...

TThrottle version 3.41 has been released ...

Dell invests $1 billion in technology solutions and services to help customers drive business results today and in the future ...

"Lonestar 4" supercomputer deployed for science community ...

SDSC to open large-scale data systems research centre ...

PRACE Research Infrastructure grants 400 million compute hours on Tier-0 systems to seventeen European research projects ...

Industry leaders worldwide embrace IBM Clouds to transform business processes ...

IBM joins forces with over 45 organisations to launch Cloud Standards Customer Council for Open Cloud Computing ...

Bird Hosting expands Cloud service offerings powered by CA 3Tera AppLogic software and signs multi-year license agreement ...

Elsevier special issue on "Models and Algorithms for High-Performance Distributed Data Mining" to issue Call for Papers ...

IBM sets performance records with new eX5 servers ...

CA Technologies acquires IT consulting firm, Base Technologies ...

EMC helps Blue Diamond Solutions deliver Cloud based back-up ...

SAS to offer high-performance analytics on EMC Greenplum database appliance ...

IBM unveils next generation SmartCloud platform for business ...

SAS High-Performance Analytics on Teradata appliance extends analytic innovation to customers ...

Microsoft and Toyota announce strategic partnership on next-generation telematics ...

IBM unveils smart Cloud services and technologies for the enterprise ...

Latest CA Workload Automation release enables dynamic service and application automation across physical, virtual and Cloud infrastructures ...

Dell ups the performance bar on Powerhouse servers for mission critical workloads and applications ...

Electric Yellowstone - Conductivity image hints volcano plume is bigger than thought ...

Savtira Corporation selects Emerson Network Power for data centre infrastructure solution ...

New IBM software helps clients accelerate adoption and realize the benefits of Cloud computing ...

Intel Xeon processor E7 family delivers record-breaking performance, new security, reliability and energy efficiency features ...

PSSC Labs to showcase bionformatics supercomputer and other life science compute & storage solutions at BIO IT World ...

SAS OnDemand for Academics to be available at no cost for research ...

Altair Engineering announces the release of MindManager through the HyperWorks Partner Alliance ...

Joint European DCI Summer School to issue Call for Participation ...

EDGI demonstrates how to submit 10,000 jobs to a Volunteer Desktop Grid from within the European Grid Infrastructure ...

Blood vessel simulation probes secrets of brain ...

International research on controlled nuclear fusion: Bull is selected to provide the supercomputer to be installed in Rokkasho, Japan ...

EGI Technical Forum 2011 to be held in September in Lyon ...

Bull TrustWay Hardware Security Module now integrates with Oracle Advanced Security for Oracle Database 11g ...

4th IEEE International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing to issue Call for Papers ...

EMC Isilon delivers breakthrough performance for big data ...

IBM teams with Akamai to accelerate applications across the web, and from the Cloud to the enterprise ...

IBM offers new opportunities to jump start Cloud computing for business partners and start-ups ...

IBM to deliver new optimized POWER7 products, inspired by Watson technology ...

Tate & Lyle Sugar's refining operations step into the Cloud with Virtustream and IBM ...

IBM and Sybase harness POWER7 for new mCommerce Appliance ...

Networking

HP helps VIVACOM integrate fixed and mobile networks for better services ...

Europe

e-IRG welcomes public comment on the e-IRG White Paper 2011 ...

Digital infrastructure, Cloud computing transforming fragmented manufacturing industry value chain, according to Microsoft study

4 Apr 2011 Hannover - New technology advancements available in a digital infrastructure, such as Cloud computing and social computing, are transforming manufacturing industry value chains, according to a Microsoft Corp. survey released at Hannover Messe 2011 in Hannover, Germany. The survey results revealed a need to better integrate collaboration tools with business systems (47.4 percent) and to improve access to unstructured data and processes (36.2 percent). Almost 60 percent see an industrywide collaboration that includes manufacturing products and services providers, IT providers, systems integrators and in-house business analysts as most capable of bringing about these improvements.

To support tighter collaboration across these stakeholders, Microsoft has created a Reference Architecture Framework for Discrete Manufacturers Initiative (DIRA Framework) to drive solutions based on Cloud computing across manufacturing networks while helping integrate processes within and across the enterprise, extend the reach of the network to more companies globally, and connect smart devices to the Cloud. Microsoft partners involved in the initiative currently include Apriso Corp., Camstar Systems Inc., ICONICS Inc., Rockwell Automation Inc., Siemens MES and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

"Globalization has fragmented industry value chains, making them more complex and unable to quickly respond to increased competition and shorter product life cycles. Cloud computing is empowering today's global manufacturers to rethink how they innovate and collaborate across the value chain", stated Sanjay Ravi, managing director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing Industry for Microsoft. "As a result of these increasingly rapid changes in technology and business, manufacturers are seeking guidance on how to best plan and deploy these powerful technologies in concert with their business strategies and priorities and how to achieve greater competitive differentiation. Microsoft is leading a DIRA Framework in response to this need while offering a pragmatic solution road map for IT integration and adoption."

The Microsoft Discrete Manufacturing Cloud Computing Survey 2011, which polled 152 IT and business decision-makers within automotive, aerospace, high-tech and electronics, and industrial equipment manufacturing companies in Germany, France and the United States, found that the biggest benefit of Cloud computing is lowered cost of optimizing infrastructure, according to 48.3 percent of respondents. This was followed closely by efficient collaboration across geographies (47.7 percent) and the ability to respond quickly to business demands (38.4 percent).

"The survey shows current Cloud computing initiatives are targeted at cost reduction, but a growing number of forward-looking companies are exploring new and innovative business capabilities uniquely delivered through the Cloud", Sanjay Ravi stated. "Manufacturers are exploring ways to improve product design with social product development, enhance visibility across multiple tiers in the value chain, and create new business models and customer experiences based on smart devices connecting to the Cloud."

Development of the discrete manufacturing reference architecture will be an ongoing effort led by Microsoft, with close collaboration by participating companies, including industry solution vendors and systems integrators. The initiative defines six key themes to guide this development: natural user interfaces, role-based productivity and insights, social business, dynamic value networks, smart connected devices, and security-enhanced, scalable and adaptive infrastructure.

Microsoft has developed the principles of the DIRA Framework in conjunction with the technology adoption plans and solution strategies of its key partners. Several Microsoft partners across multiple business areas in manufacturing have endorsed the DIRA Framework because it helps them deliver high levels of customer value through complementary solutions aligned with the framework.

"We see the DIRA Framework, combined with the unparalleled discrete manufacturing content and application solutions from Rockwell's FactoryTalk, as an opportunity to help our customers leverage their IT investment by accelerating the integration of manufacturing and enterprise information to reduce the time-to-value for the enterprise", stated Doug Lawson, chief software strategist, Rockwell Automation.

"Siemens welcomes the new DIRA Framework - which is a good fit to its own industry software offering and Totally Integrated Automation approach", stated Ralf-Michael Franke, CEO Industrial Automation Systems, Siemens. "We expect this architecture to lever an improved interoperability information flow between the shop floor and the enterprise functions, as well as increase efficiency between enterprise systems and enterprises throughout the supplier network. The Siemens MES product, SIMATIC IT, is just one example that aligns well with this reference architecture."

"Apriso supports the DIRA Framework initiative because it echoes many of the architectural principles that we currently practice - it is essentially an extension of the global platform for manufacturing operations that Apriso's customers currently utilize", stated Tom Comstock, executive vice president, Apriso.

"A comprehensive reference architecture is essential for dynamic, data-driven applications to meet current and future challenges", stated Scott Jones, chief technology officer and vice president of R&D at Camstar Systems. "Customers will benefit from these technologies to assist in solving complex business problems and meeting today's industry needs."

"At Tata Consultancy Services, we help the manufacturing industry improve competitiveness with best-of-breed solutions that deliver business functionality, integration and data synchronization. Our solution uses industry best practices for all manufacturing enterprise roles", stated Kalpan Raval, practice director, Enterprise Solutions, Tata Consultancy Services. "The solution ensures full integration between shop floor systems, Siemens MES, enterprise resource planning and other data sources, which enable lean and traditional scheduling principles to be readily applied. Using this newly released reference architecture, we expect to accelerate value realization for our customers due to asset-leveraged, shorter implementation cycles."

"ICONICS provides to the discrete manufacturing industry HMI/SCADA solutions and manufacturing intelligence solutions that assist our customers in maximizing their productivity and efficiency", stated Gary Kohrt, vice president, Marketing and Product Marketing for ICONICS. "ICONICS supports the DIRA Framework and utilizes many of the technologies referenced by it. For example, by utilizing Microsoft Silverlight and Microsoft SharePoint Technologies, our GENESIS64 and PortalWorX products are able to deliver user interfaces that are not only graphically rich, natural to use and role-based to the many different users in our customers' enterprise, but also often 'excite' those that use and share information with them. By utilizing Microsoft's mobile technologies, we can deliver information to our customers' ever-shifting, on-the-go workforces, with no loss in functionality."

"The principles of discrete manufacturing reference architecture align well with key offerings from Infosys, such as Supply Chain Visibility and Collaboration product suite and manufacturing collaboration accelerators", stated Sanjay Jalona, vice president and head of Manufacturing North America, Infosys Technologies Ltd. "These offerings take advantage of Microsoft technologies to solve business challenges like supplier collaboration, innovation management and knowledge management."
Source: Microsoft

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Primeur monthly 2011-05-

Industry

Cisco announces intent to acquire newScale ...

GigaSpaces announces new product for enterprise PaaS & ISV SaaS enablement ...

HP accelerates channel partner Cloud opportunities ...

Coca-Cola FEMSA signs $100 million technology services agreement with HP to support growth ...

HP defines go-to-market strategy for Connected World at Americas Partners Conference ...

HP opens new research facility to advance sustainable data centre technologies ...

U.S. Special Operations Command selects HP for worldwide data centre services ...

IBM launches Power Development Lab in Taiwan ...

IBM Watson goes to school to engage next generation of innovators ...

Cameroon Ministry of Finance selects IBM mainframe system ...

Microsoft survey reveals 39 percent of SMEs to pay for Cloud services within three years ...

Platform Computing Announces Support for MapReduce ...

Red Hat reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 results ...

Antarctic icebergs play a key role in the carbon cycle ...

SDSC's CIPRES Gateway provides window to the past - and fast ...

SGI Channel Network Programme receives CRN's Five-Star Partner rating designation for second year in a row ...

Researchers in Taiwan to use volunteer computing to visualise earthquakes ...

University of Westminster launches new DIY supercomputer saving hundreds of thousands of pounds ...

Ian Foster to receive IEEE Computer Society's Tsutomu Kanai Award ...

Digital infrastructure, Cloud computing transforming fragmented manufacturing industry value chain, according to Microsoft study ...

Presentations from the 27th ORAP Forum now available ...

University of Texas at Austin dedicates Lonestar 4 supercomputer for open science community ...

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment accelerates engineering efforts with SGI Altix UV ...

SGI offers free technical computing Cloud services in Japan to help customers in affected areas ...

Hewlett-Packard/American Chemical Society Award given for computational chemistry ...

Yale purchases world-class supercomputer ...

Calculations with 14 quantum bits ...

Cycle Computing creates a 10,000 core cluster in the Cloud ...

Breakthrough study confirms cause of short gamma-ray bursts ...

OSU chemist developing solution to nerve agent exposure ...

University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute expands resources with addition of new supercomputer ...

Cray CX1000 supercomputer to feature the new Intel Xeon processor E7 family ...

Xerox chooses bullion to virtualize its critical business applications ...

IBM's MRSA infection-fighting nanotechnology caps century of health care innovation ...

Version 3.1 of BOINC LCS now available ...

TThrottle version 3.41 has been released ...

Dell invests $1 billion in technology solutions and services to help customers drive business results today and in the future ...

"Lonestar 4" supercomputer deployed for science community ...

SDSC to open large-scale data systems research centre ...

PRACE Research Infrastructure grants 400 million compute hours on Tier-0 systems to seventeen European research projects ...

Industry leaders worldwide embrace IBM Clouds to transform business processes ...

IBM joins forces with over 45 organisations to launch Cloud Standards Customer Council for Open Cloud Computing ...

Bird Hosting expands Cloud service offerings powered by CA 3Tera AppLogic software and signs multi-year license agreement ...

Elsevier special issue on "Models and Algorithms for High-Performance Distributed Data Mining" to issue Call for Papers ...

IBM sets performance records with new eX5 servers ...

CA Technologies acquires IT consulting firm, Base Technologies ...

EMC helps Blue Diamond Solutions deliver Cloud based back-up ...

SAS to offer high-performance analytics on EMC Greenplum database appliance ...

IBM unveils next generation SmartCloud platform for business ...

SAS High-Performance Analytics on Teradata appliance extends analytic innovation to customers ...

Microsoft and Toyota announce strategic partnership on next-generation telematics ...

IBM unveils smart Cloud services and technologies for the enterprise ...

Latest CA Workload Automation release enables dynamic service and application automation across physical, virtual and Cloud infrastructures ...

Dell ups the performance bar on Powerhouse servers for mission critical workloads and applications ...

Electric Yellowstone - Conductivity image hints volcano plume is bigger than thought ...

Savtira Corporation selects Emerson Network Power for data centre infrastructure solution ...

New IBM software helps clients accelerate adoption and realize the benefits of Cloud computing ...

Intel Xeon processor E7 family delivers record-breaking performance, new security, reliability and energy efficiency features ...

PSSC Labs to showcase bionformatics supercomputer and other life science compute & storage solutions at BIO IT World ...

SAS OnDemand for Academics to be available at no cost for research ...

Altair Engineering announces the release of MindManager through the HyperWorks Partner Alliance ...

Joint European DCI Summer School to issue Call for Participation ...

EDGI demonstrates how to submit 10,000 jobs to a Volunteer Desktop Grid from within the European Grid Infrastructure ...

Blood vessel simulation probes secrets of brain ...

International research on controlled nuclear fusion: Bull is selected to provide the supercomputer to be installed in Rokkasho, Japan ...

EGI Technical Forum 2011 to be held in September in Lyon ...

Bull TrustWay Hardware Security Module now integrates with Oracle Advanced Security for Oracle Database 11g ...

4th IEEE International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing to issue Call for Papers ...

EMC Isilon delivers breakthrough performance for big data ...

IBM teams with Akamai to accelerate applications across the web, and from the Cloud to the enterprise ...

IBM offers new opportunities to jump start Cloud computing for business partners and start-ups ...

IBM to deliver new optimized POWER7 products, inspired by Watson technology ...

Tate & Lyle Sugar's refining operations step into the Cloud with Virtustream and IBM ...

IBM and Sybase harness POWER7 for new mCommerce Appliance ...

Networking

HP helps VIVACOM integrate fixed and mobile networks for better services ...

Europe

e-IRG welcomes public comment on the e-IRG White Paper 2011 ...