IBM this week announced it has closed the acquisition of BigFix, Inc., a privately-held provider of high-performance enterprise systems and security management solutions.
"IBM is focused on delivering a simplified and automated approach to managing and securing the IT infrastructure," said Steve Robinson, general manager, IBM Security Solutions. "With BigFix software integrated with IBM software offerings, IBM clients will be able to more easily manage and secure their PCs and laptops, a complex task as the costs and risks associated with security threats continue to grow."
IBM said BigFix will be integrated into its Software Group and will help beef up Big Blue's automation portfolio. The closing comes just three weeks after IBM entered a definitive agreement to acquire BigFix. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
IBM on Thursday said its going to throw millions -- as in, $100 million -- into a new research initiative that will have IBM collaborating with clinicians to develop new technologies, scientific advancements, and businesses processes for healthcare and insurance providers.
"Improving the quality of healthcare requires more than just digitizing health data," said Chalapathy Neti, Global Lead, Healthcare Transformation at IBM Research. "In fact the proliferation of diagnostics technology has in many ways added another layer of complexity, making it more difficult to gain valuable insights for patient care. Enabling greater coordination between care providers and transforming data into clinical decision intelligence could improve patient outcomes and help lower costs of healthcare today."
The money will be doled out over the next three years with a focus on three main areas. These will include evidence generation, streamlining the healthcare delivery process to improve service quality, and new incentives and models to reward patient outcomes rather than only treatment and volume of care.
IBM now holds the world record for the highest SPECjbb 2005 benchmark ever achieved by a two-socket, x86 server, and Big Blue wants the whole world to know about it. You'll have to excuse us if we help them out a little.
A pretty remarkable feat, IBM's System x3690 X5 server clocked 1,015,260 business operations per second on the popular benchmark, which is used to evaluate performance of servers running typical Java applications. The benchmark record also gives IBM more ammunition to market its x3690 X5, which according to Big Blue is the only scalable two-socket server designed to support critical enterprise applications and external memory expansion.
Market research firm IDC crunched the numbers and determined that IBM is the market share leader in Social Platforms, at least in terms of total software revenue.
According to the report, which IBM is plenty eager to share with anyone who will listen, worldwide revenue for the social platforms market climbed to nearly $370 million in 2009, representing a growth rate of over 55 percent.
"Social software helps enterprises define their collaboration agenda," said Alistair Rennie, general manager, IBM Lotus Software. "The use of social software can transform the way people work increasing the speed of business."
As far as IDC is concerned, the social platforms market includes IBM Lotus Connections, as well as its cloud-based LotusLive Connections toolset, IBM said.
Sometimes wars come down to alliances, and in the browser war, Mozilla now has IBM in its corner, says Bob Sutor, VP of Linux and Open Source at IBM.
"Some of the software we all use shouldn’t surprise you since we make it, such as Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime, and Lotus Symphony," Sutor wrote in a blog post. "We’re officially adding a new piece of software to the list of default common applications we expect employees to use, and that’s the Mozilla Firefox browser.
"Firefox has been around for years, of course. Today we already have thousands of employees using it on Linux, Mac, and Windows laptops and desktops, but we’re going to be adding thousands more users to the rolls."
Sutor listed out several reasons why he himself prefers Firefox over the competition, chief among them that "Firefox is stunningly standards compliant, and interoperability via open standards is key to IBM's strategy." Sutor also praised Firefox for its security and extensible nature, or in other words the very same reasons why it's been such a hit on the consumer side.
It's said that breaking up is hard to do, but have you ever had an ex take you to court to prevent you from seeing someone else? That's not uncommon in the business world, and as former IBM senior executive Joanne Olsen is finding out, breaking up is indeed hard to do.
After serving 31 years with IBM, Oracle managed to dangle a big enough carrot in front of Olsen to lure her away from IBM just as the rivalry between the two companies hit an all time high following Oracle's $5.6 billion buyout of Sun Microsystems. The move has IBM crying foul, which contends that Olsen has violated the terms of the non-competition agreement she signed with IBM. Under terms of the agreement, Olsen must wait a year after leaving IBM before rendering services for a competitor.
"Joanne Olsen possesses valuable confidential information about IBM and our operations. As a result, she cannot undertake a senior position at Oracle without violating her obligations to IBM," said IBM spokesman Doug Shelton.
Olsen, Oracle, and each one's legal team has yet to respond to the accusations.
Wall Street IT professionals are gearing up to increase spending on transformational initiatives in 2010 and 2011, with most of the additional budget in IT investments for analytics going towards risk, compliance, and trading, IBM said.
"Coming out of the largest financial crisis in modern day history, there has never been a more important time for firms to capitalize on technology investments to make sense of the data and gain a more sophisticated understanding of risks," said Shanker Ramamurthy, general manager, IBM Financial Services Sector. "The road to recovery is built on infusing intelligence across operations, streamlining costs and getting back to basics so that firms once again focus on innovation and growth.
The survey pinged nearly 250 business and IT Wall Street dudes, and almost half of them said they expect 20-30 percent of their technology budgets to go towards the above mentioned areas. And of all the regulatory activities, 55 percent identified systemic risk as the largest driver of IT investments.
We don't know if robots will one day rise up and defeat man for dominion over Earth, but one thing's for sure, we're giving up too much ground already. That's because IBM has gone and created a supercomputer capable of beating humans at Jeopardy, a game show that has been dominated by humans ever since it was created nearly 50 years ago.
As The New York Times reports it, IBM's supercomputer, called Watson, appeared in a mock version of the popular game show back in December, followed by live matches after that. During those live matches, Watson won four of six games, answering a variety of questions from cultural media to science and even wordplay.
IBM so far has stuffed the contents of tens of millions of documents into Watson, and come fall, the supercomputer will have its shot at beating humans in the real life Jeopardy game show on national TV, NYT reports. Which side will you be rooting for?
IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Coremetrics, a privately held company based in San Mateo, CA that specializes in Web analytics software, IBM announced on Tuesday.
"With this acquisition, we are extending our capabilities to give clients greater insight about customer behavior and sentiment about products and services, and give true foresight into their future buying patterns," said Craig Hayman, general manager, IBM WebSphere. "Marketing departments can benefit from these capabilities very quickly because we are delivering this in a Software-as-a-Service model. The combination of IBM and Coremetrics will maximize marketing expenditures and also make the buying experience more convenient, personal and interactive for consumers."
The acquisition comes on the heels of IBM's recently 2010 CEO study, in which Big Blue reported 88 percent of CEOs plan to focus on getting closer to their customers in the next five years, while 82 percent said they want to better understand their customer needs. Some 85 percent of CEOs said they need more visibility into their business, and these are all areas IBM hopes this acquisition will them address.
If you see any IBM execs wearing a sling around their arm, it's probably from patting themselves on the back. And we supposed they earned the right to do so, having been named as a Disaster Recovery Service Providers leader in "The Forrester Wave," the company announced.
"We believe this comprehensive analysis reflects both IBM's strategy and technology strengths complemented by the breadth of our offerings and our geographic coverage," said Joanne Olsen, General Manager of IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services. "We are honored to be recognized for our success and continue to focus on smarter opportunities to help enterprises make their business and IT operations more resilient, secure, and efficient."
IBM has over 154 facilities around the globe and, according to the report, extensive IT, work-area, mobile, and quick-ship recovery services. The report also notes that IBM employs more than 1,600 employees in its business continuity and recovery services sector.