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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 ...

Industry leaders worldwide embrace IBM Clouds to transform business processes

7 Apr 2011 Armonk - IBM achieved increased client adoption of its Cloud computing software and services with more than 20 million end-user customers worldwide, making it one of the world's largest providers of software-as-a-service (SaaS). New clients include American Airlines, Aviva, CARFAX, Frito-Lay, IndiaFirst Life Insurance Co., Shriram Transport Finance Company Ltd., and 7-Eleven among millions of users of IBM's Cloud services focused on business process management and collaboration.

Organisations are increasingly choosing IBM to help them transform their key business processes in departments such as marketing, finance and customer service, and deliver them through the cloud for increased efficiencies and improved productivity and innovation.

The demand for Cloud computing is on the rise as organisations seek to expand the impact of IT to deliver new and innovative services while realizing significant economies of scale. According to IDC, $17 billion was spent on Cloud-related technologies, hardware and software in 2009. IDC expects that spending will grow to $45 billion by 2013.

By offering proven solutions to unify, accelerate and automate these Cloud infrastructures, IBM will help global organisations optimize their return-on investment from technology. In fact, 80 percent of the FORTUNE 500 are using IBM Cloud capabilities.

IBM's SaaS portfolio ranges from business process management to collaboration, social business, Web analytics, B2B commerce, supply chain management, marketing and enterprise systems management. In IBM's new Smarter Commerce business, Cloud services from Coremetrics, Unica and Sterling Commerce assist 36,000 marketers, manage more than 6 billion business/consumer interactions, and 1.1 Billion B2B electronic transactions per year worth approximately $15 Trillion of client value with nearly all the top banks, retailers and manufacturers in the U.S. alone.

An example of IBM's SaaS service adoption, BlueWorks Live makes organisations more efficient by enabling social communities to form around a specific line-of-business functions and automating simple processes that run over e-mail in as quickly as 90 seconds. Blueworks Live improves the way people work by helping them collaborate fluidly across roles, teams and locations while enabling all members to be informed of important changes as they happen.

"We were looking for Cloud technology that was easy to use, rapid to implement and would provide immediate, tangible benefits for our key business processes within a couple of days, if not weeks", stated Andy Kim, Director of IT Governance at MedImpact Healthcare Systems Inc., a national pharmacy benefits management company based in San Diego.

In addition to MedImpact, many other industry leaders have moved their business process planning and improvement cycles into the Cloud. Companies as diverse as American Airlines, Aviva, CARFAX, Frito-Lay,and 7-Eleven are using Blueworks Live for a range of activities such as: blueprinting processes for use in training and orientation for employees; documenting key finance processes; capturing and improving process documentation such as audit and order-to-cash processes.

The newest version of Blueworks Live, available for a free, 30-day trial, will debut at IBM's Impact Conference, April 10-15 in Las Vegas.

IBM's LotusLive social collaboration services deliver easy-to-access integrated e-mail, social business capabilities, and third-party applications from the cloud, helping transform businesses. Joining the millions of users already embracing LotusLive include IndiaFirst Life Insurance, Shriram Transport Finance Company, Bumbu Desa and Lofotkraft.

IndiaFirst Life Insurance, an insurance company headquartered in Mumbai, India, has a branch network of over 4,800 banks across more than 1,000 cities and towns in India. With a large sales force, including office employees and sales agents scattered across the country, the company needed an easy way to hold essential business meetings without requiring all employees to meet in one location. Using IBM LotusLive Meetings, top management, sales managers and the sales force can meet on the fly and during regularly scheduled meeting to ensure the sales force has all of the information to make successful sales, and to ensure monthly sales goals are being met. With Web meetings, employees can use the "chat room" feature in LotusLive Meetings to communicate with one another, and can share information and charts using the "screen sharing" feature.

Diners are flocking to Bumbu Desa, an Indonesia restaurant chain, with new locations expanding into Singapore and Malaysia. Growing from three branches five years ago to 38 branches in 2010, the different franchises of Bumbu Desa were having a hard time staying connected with one another. Using IBM LotusLive Engage for essential collaboration tools like Web conferencing, social networking and instant messaging, employees across the franchises can now quickly share information regarding new menus, new ways to greet guests, and other restaurant related issues. For example, each Bumbu Desa franchise can now submit their daily sales reports to franchise headquarters via file sharing in LotusLive Engage, a method that was previously handled using fax or overnight mail. Bumbu Desa is also embracing LotusLive's unique "guest account" model, which provides free-of-charge access of LotusLive to customers and other stakeholders such as cooks or food reviewers.

Shriram Transport Finance Company Ltd., India's largest commercial vehicle financing company, needed a better way to communicate with its field sales force. With 484 office and services centers and more than 14,000 employees and growing, Shriram Transport Finance employees and sales rep found it challenging to do with business with their clients and with one another. While some employees had access to email, the provider was often unreliable - e-mails were lost and performance was low. Shriram needed an e-mail solution that could accommodate rapid growth and perform with speed and consistency. The company chose IBM LotusLive iNotes to provide all of its field sales reps with reliable, cost-effective and easy to use cloud email, which can be accessed on the road, at their desk and from their mobile devices.

Lofotkraft, an energy company serving more than 16,000 customer with operations in five branches throughout the Lofoten Islands, Norway, needed a better way to do business with key external business partners and vendors without worrying about security. They also needed to better communicate with employees working in the different branches. Lofotkraft chose IBM LotusLive Engage to share files, manage projects, host meetings and chat with partners, vendors and colleagues. They have also been able to reduce confusing e-mail threads and eliminate version control issues. Because all the services are integrated and available from one single dashboard in the IBM cloud, Lofotkraft and its partners can easily collaborate and meet anytime, anywhere.
Source: IBM

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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 ...