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IBM tops charts in sales of identity software

September
4

Armonk-based IBM Corp. said today that for the second year in a row it outsold its competitors in sales of identity- and access-management software, citing analysis from independent analyst firm IDC.

The report noted that IBM’s sales of such software rose 6 percent from 2006, while total worldwide sales of the software by all vendors grew last year to more than $3.1 billion.

Further, IDC anticipates revenues to rise to $5.3 billion by 2012, IBM said.

Posted by David Schepp on Thursday, September 4th, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
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IBM helps build world’s first memory chip using 22-nanometer technology

August
19

IBM Corp. and its development partners at a microchip research laboratory in Albany have built the world’s first memory chip using 22-nanometer technology.

A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter, or about 80,000 times thinner than a human hair.

T.C. Chen, vice president of science and technology at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, said the breakthrough is a key achievement in the continued miniaturization of microelectronics. “We are working at the ultimate edge of what is possible,” Chen said.

The chip size of 22 nanometers is two generations away from today’s smallest scale for chip manufacturing, which is 45 nanometers. That’s the size IBM employs at its giant chip plant in East Fishkill.

IBM’s work in Albany is with AMD, Freescale, STMicroelectronics, Toshiba and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY-Albany.

The Albany site is the most advanced university-based nanoelectronics research complex in the world, IBM said.

Last month, IBM said it would expand its operations at Albany NanoTech by investing about $375 million, which is expected to create 325 research and development jobs there. The state will provide $25 million in aid as well.

The deal was part of a larger $1.5 billion investment in New York facilities by IBM and a total state aid package of $140 million.

Posted by Julie Moran Alterio on Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 at 11:09 am |
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IBM plans to build $360M computing center

August
1

IBM Corp. of Armonk plans to build a $360 million data center at its plant in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The data center will include new technologies and services that will enable the computing giant to provide individuals with access to information and services from any device with high levels of quality and availability, IBM said.

IBM will renovate an existing building at the North Carolina campus to create one of the most technologically advanced and energy-efficient data centers in the world, it said.

Posted by David Schepp on Friday, August 1st, 2008 at 9:49 am |
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Tokyo stock exchange chief named to IBM board

July
29

IBM Corp. has elected Taizo Nishimuro to the company’s board of directors, the Armonk-based company said today.

Nishimuro, 72, is chairman of the board of the Tokyo Stock Exchange Group Inc.

Nishimuro’s knowledge and insights into Asian markets will make a significant contribution to IBM, said Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Samuel J. Palmisano.

Posted by David Schepp on Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
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IBM Corp. agrees to buy French software maker

July
28

IBM Corp. agreed today to pay about $215 million euros ($340 million) for Ilog SA, a French maker of business software.

The deal will enable the Armonk-based computing giant to combine its business process management, business optimization and service oriented architecture technologies with Ilog’s business rules management systems software, IBM said.

IBM’s offer represents a 37 percent premium above Ilog’s closing price on Friday.

The deal has the approval of the Ilog board, which will make a decision on the deal before Sept. 15, after which the offer will be filed with the French stock exchange authority.

Shares of Big Blue rose fractionally in trading today to $126.48 each.

Posted by David Schepp on Monday, July 28th, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
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IBM boosts investments in emerging markets

July
28

IBM Corp. said today it plans to accelerate investments in the developing nations of China, Mexico and India by opening centers of excellence in each nation.

These emerging-market countries, so-called because of their high economic growth potential, represented 19 percent of IBM’s geographic revenue in the second quarter, and as a group grew 21 percent, IBM said.

“These results demonstrate that IBM has the ability to thrive in emerging markets,” said Bruno Di Leo, IBM general manager of growth markets. “Our continued investment give IBM a competitive edge,” he said.

The centers of excellence include a banking operation in China, a retail innovation center in Guadalajara, Mexico, and a management center in India, IBM said.

Posted by David Schepp on Monday, July 28th, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
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Belda joins IBM board

June
25

Alcoa Inc. Chairman Alain J.P. Belda was elected to the board of directors of IBM Corp. of Armonk. Belda, 65, joins the board on July 29. He started with Alcoa in 1969 and later held various executive positions, rising to CEO in 1999. His election brings IBM’s board to 12 members.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
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IBM, Ireland establish center to monitor water

June
16

Armonk-based IBM Corp. and Ireland’s Industrial Development Agency have established a center to manage water resources, the entities said today.

The Dublin-based facility, to be called IBM Centre of Excellence for Water Management, will monitor changes in fresh water, and marine and oceanic environments, IBM and the IDA said.

One of the center’s first tasks will be to work with Ireland’s Marine Institute on SmartBay, a research project that monitors and manages aquatic data, such as tidal flow, wave heights and temperature, through a network of sensors, robotics and other technology throughout Ireland’s Galway Bay.

IBM will develop an advanced sensor network, and use real-time monitoring and other technologies to provide scientists, commercial fishers, monitoring agencies and the public with environmental information, similar to weather and marine forecasts.

“The Marine Institute’s aim is to create a mind shift in the way we view our marine sector in terms of economic opportunities,” said Peter Heffernan, chief executive of the Marine Institute.

Novel technologies that emerge from SmartBay will create new business for a wide range of Irish companies, Heffernan said, and enhance “the viability of the seafood, shipping and water-monitoring sectors.”

Posted by David Schepp on Monday, June 16th, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
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IBM tool tracks carbon impact

May
22

IBM Corp. of Armonk has a new tool that allows organizations to analyze and manage the impact that their supply chains have on the environment. Called the Carbon Tradeoff Modeler, the system tracks carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing and distribution operations.
The tool allows businesses to study how different package sizes and packaging materials, transportation modes, and inventory policies affect both cost and carbon dioxide emissions. It can also evaluate the effect of alternative policies on those measurements.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
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IBM, Iron Mountain plan joint record-keeping product

May
20

IBM Corp. of Armonk and Iron Mountain Inc. of Boston said yesterday they will design a joint solution for businesses that need to manage both paper and electronic records. The unified product will combine Iron Mountain’s Accutrac software for managing physical records, and IBM’s FileNet Records Manager. The rise of compliance and regulation requirements is forcing companies to tighten control over information and to seek uniform record-keeping practices, IBM and Iron Mountain said. The unified product is expected to be available late this year.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
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IBM, Iron Mountain plan joint record-keeping product

May
20

IBM Corp. of Armonk and Iron Mountain Inc. of Boston said yesterday they will design a joint solution for businesses that need to manage both paper and electronic records. The unified product will combine Iron Mountain’s Accutrac software for managing physical records, and IBM’s FileNet Records Manager. The rise of compliance and regulation requirements is forcing companies to tighten control over information and to seek uniform record-keeping practices, IBM and Iron Mountain said. The unified product is expected to be available late this year.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
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IBM computers to tackle global rice shortage

May
14

When you think of IBM, you think of computers, not rice bowls. But for the billions of people around the world who rely on rice as a staple food, a new initiative by Big Blue could mean heartier meals.

A worldwide network of computers created by IBM will be tackling the looming rice shortage by helping researchers at the University of Washington research stronger, more nutritious and climate-tolerant rice strains.

IBM’s World Community Grid — a network of more than 1 million personal computers linked together to donate idle time to science — has accepted the Nutritious Rice for the World project as its latest effort.

Robin Wilner, vice president of Global Community Initiatives at IBM’s Armonk headquarters, said this is the ninth project for the grid, which was started in 2004.

“As a corporation, we’re a member of all of the communities where IBMers live and work and where our customers live and work. We need to be involved in solving problems that affect those communities, whether it’s looking for a cure for AIDS, creating diagnostic tools for cancer or finding more nutritious, disease-resistant rice,” she said.

IBM is not only providing technical assistance to the project, it’s donating computer time. Almost a third of IBM’s employees have signed up to allow their PCs to be used by the World Community Grid’s projects.

“More than 100,000 of us have World Community Grid on our laptops. Whenever we are on the phone, like we are now, my laptop is working to find out about the proteins in rice because I’m not typing,” she said.

The idea behind the grid is that unused computer power can add up to deliver the performance of a supercomputer to an organization that couldn’t afford to buy one for itself.

The University of Washington researchers will use the grid in a project that is expected to take 12 to 18 months. Without IBM’s help, it would 200 years to complete the rice study using just the computers the researchers have at hand.

The project involves mapping the structure of rice proteins using three-dimensional models on the computer to find ones that yield more rice, repel bugs, resist drought or contain more nutrients.

Anyone with a computer and Internet access can donate their time.

The project is supported by a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Posted by Julie Moran Alterio on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
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IBM buys Mass. software company

April
18

IBM Corp. acquired Diligent Technologies Corp., a Framingham, Mass., technology company, the Armonk-based computing giant said today.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Diligent, which has operations in Tel Aviv, Israel, develops “de-duplication” software that helps organizations reduce the amount and cost of of physical storage needed in data centers. Diligent will be folded into Armonk-based IBM’s System Storage business unit, Big Blue said.

Separately, IBM said it signed a $2.8 billion agreement with Cetelem, a subsidiary of French banking giant BNP-Paribas, to upgrade Cetelem’s consumer financial services operations in Argentina.

Posted by David Schepp on Friday, April 18th, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
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IBM researchers build tiny switch to route data

March
17

Researchers at IBM Corp’s Yorktown Heights research center have developed technology that allows information within a computer chip using light pulses  instead of electrons, the company said today.

In building the world’s tiniest nanophotonic switch, researchers have added an important building block to control the flow of information inside future chips and can significanty speed up chip performance while using less energy, IBM said.

Posted by David Schepp on Monday, March 17th, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
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