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IBM snags new European clients for Watson supercomputer

IBM has announced the addition of two new European clients which are harnessing the power of Watson cognitive computing. On Friday, Big Blue said an industrial player and substantial company in the electrical field have teamed up with IBM to capitalize on the IBM Watson supercomputer’s capabilities for use with Internet of Things (IoT) technology and data analytics. The news ... Read More »

IBM launches z13s, entry mainframe with enhanced security

IBM on Tuesday launched the z13s, which is a mainframe aimed at mid-sized companies and includes a bevy of security features. The z13 is designed to bring the mainframe’s security practices to hybrid cloud deployments. The security included in the z13s include: Cryptography features built into hardware that can encrypt and decrypt data twice as fast as predecessor systems. Mainframe ... Read More »

IBM vs Microsoft and the battle for the corporate cloud business

The graph of IBM vs Microsoft shares over the past two years suggests that Satya Nadella’s story is working better than IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s. ZDNet screen grab from Yahoo Finance One year ago, I wrote a blog post to mark the fact that Microsoft’s quarterly results were better than IBM’s, and that what had been a tiny start-up when ... Read More »

IBM buys German design firm Aperto

Via IBM IBM announced Tuesday that it has acquired the Berlin-based creative digital agency Aperto. Financial terms were of the deal were not disclosed. special feature IT Budgets 2016: A CIO’s Guide It’s budget planning time for technology decision makers as they look ahead to next year and plan on where to focus their IT resources to make the biggest ... Read More »

IBM Watson teams with Welltok, AHA to develop workplace health program

IBM says it is teaming up with social health management company Welltok and the American Heart Association to develop workplace health technology focused on improving heart health. The platform will combine Watson’s natural language processing and cognitive analytics with the heart association’s science-based metrics and health assessments, all delivered on Welltok’s health optimization platform. IBM says the program will be ... Read More »

​The mainframe lives on in IBM’s LinuxONE

IBM invested a billion dollars in Linux in 2002. Some things remain the same. Last year, IBM introduced LinuxONE, a new pair of IBM mainframes along with Linux and open-source software and services. These new systems are the LinuxONE Emperor, which built on the IBM z13 mainframe and its z13 CPU, and its little brother, Rockhopper, which is now moving ... Read More »

IBM Q4 2015 results better than expected, 2016 outlook weak

IBM on Tuesday closed out a rough 2015 with results that were a bit better than expected. Big Blue reported fourth quarter earnings of $4.5 billion, or $4.59 a share, on revenue of $22.1 billion, down 9 percent from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings for the fourth quarter were $4.84 a share. Wall Street was looking for fourth quarter earnings ... Read More »

Why IBM is buying Ustream: Cloud, marketing, analytics

IBM confirmed that it has acquired live streaming company Ustream in what amounts to a bet that video will become a valuable marketing and data asset for enterprises. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Fortune previously reported that the price tag was about $130 million in cash. Ustream has been mentioned as everything from a competitor to Amazon’s Twitch ... Read More »

​IBM alters severance terms

IBM has altered its severance package rules in a move that may save money, but also alter the thinking of anyone taking early retirement in the future. special feature IT Budgets 2016: A CIO’s Guide It’s budget planning time for technology decision makers as they look ahead to next year and plan on where to focus their IT resources to ... Read More »

IBM acquires payment fraud fighter IRIS Analytics

IBM has acquired IRIS Analytics, a company which applies cognitive computing models to combat payment fraud. Announced on Friday, Big Blue said the acquisition will boost the firm’s analytics and counter fraud technology portfolio. As we move from checks to chip-and-pin and contactless payment methods, electronic payment fraud and ways to circumvent security will only increase. Companies making the transition ... Read More »

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