IBM Business and Technology News – April 2016

Business News

IBM, SAP strike deeper cloud partnership. InformationWeek. April 6th. IBM and SAP are ramping up their cloud partnership, moving beyond a situation where the two companies have their technologies running side-by-side to one where they collaborate on offerings from the get-go. Under this new arrangement, the two companies will collaborate on cloud solutions for specific industries. SAP will now offer its HANA Enterprise Cloud customers running on IBM’s IaaS the ability to pick up application maintenance and support services. IBM, known for its artificial intelligence computing system Watson, plans to develop cognitive solutions for SAP S/4HANA as part of the expanded partnership.

IBM’s Cloud: Jim Comfort on cloud strategy. Seeking Alpha. April 19th. IBM’s Chief Technology Officer for Cloud talks about the company’s strategy for cloud and how they’ve been building the pieces around what is now IBM cloud.

IBM to buy Salesforce.com consulting partner Bluewolf. The Wall Street Journal. March 30th. International Business Machines Corp. is moving to boost a consulting business to aid customers of Salesforce.com Inc., reaching a deal to buy a specialist in that field called Bluewolf Group LLC. The companies didn’t disclose financial terms.

IBM cloud video announces new clients and product innovations. PRNewswire. April 18th. Demonstrating momentum for IBM’s newly created Cloud Video unit, IBM today announced that Comic-Con HQ, Canadian Broadcasting Corp, AOL and Broadway Video are tapping the company’s new Cloud Video unit to do everything from launching new channels for millions of consumers to dramatically improving their video management and distribution. IBM also unveiled new innovations spanning production and distribution to meet increasing demands for robust and flexible video services.

IBM partners Reliance Communications to provide cloud services. The Times of India. April 11th. IBM has partnered Reliance Communications to provide a complete portfolio of cloud services to customers. “It is working with Reliance Communications to provide its customers with a complete portfolio of highly secure and scalable infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings running on the IBM cloud,” IBM said in a statement today.

At $18.7B, IBM’s quarterly revenues hit 14-year low. International Business Times. April 19th. International Business Machines has suffered yet another decline in earnings, making this its 16th consecutive quarterly revenue decline. To make matters worse this quarter’s earnings are also its worst in 14 years. IBM’s revenue for the first quarter 2016 stood at $18.68 billion, down approximately 5 percent from the revenues reported in the corresponding quarter a year ago. The revenue from what IBM calls its strategic imperatives, which includes “cloud, analytics and engagement,” rose 14 percent YoY totaling $7 billion in revenue. Cloud revenue alone stood at $2.6 billion, a 34 percent rise YoY.

DocuSign and IBM strike strategic global partnership to drive digital trust globally on IBM cloud. PRNewswire. April 6th. DocuSign, Inc. today announced a strategic global partnership with IBM designed to advance digital trust across organizations of every size and industry by embedding eSignature and Digital Transaction Management (DTM) functionality into IBM’s software and services.

Ovum names IBM a market leader in software application development including hybrid cloud environments. PRNewswire. April 14th. IBM announced that it has been named a market leader in three separate Ovum Decision Matrix (ODM) reports in areas critical to the fast and competitive development of software for hybrid cloud environments. These segments include DevOps Release Management, Application Lifecycle Management and Agile Project Management.

Halliburton moves to IBM’s cloud to streamline some operations. The Street. April 20th. Halliburton is teaming up with IBM Cloud to help streamline its oil and gas fields businesses. “Halliburton is essentially moving all of their large reservoir simulations to the IBM cloud, and that’s a huge change for them and it’s great for their clients,” said Jim Comfort, chief technology officer at IBM Cloud, adding that the move provides Halliburton with more agility to serve its clients worldwide.

1-800-Flowers.com taps IBM cloud for digital transformation. eWeek. April 8th. IBM today announced that 1-800-Flowers.com has selected IBM’s Commerce on Cloud solution to provide the retailer’s customers with a seamless experience across all of its brands. The move to the IBM Cloud will make it easy for customers to transact business across all 1-800-Flowers brands, which include Harry & David, Wolferman’s and Fanny May, and deliver customers a unified omni-channel experience across the Web, mobile or call center channel.

 

Technology News

IBM talks about progress on Watson, OpenPower. ZDNet. April 7th. Five years after Watson won Jeopardy, IBM says cognitive computing is catching on. At the GPU Technology Conference, the company talked about the evolution of Watson services accelerated on Power servers and GPUs.

IBM launches Bluemix Garage method to speed cloud development. PRNewswire. March 31st. IBM announced today the Bluemix Garage Method, a robust set of practices built to help organizations rapidly design, build, deploy and scale innovative cloud applications. Building off of last week’s opening of a new Bluemix Garage in Nice, France, the launch of these practices further demonstrates IBM’s commitment to fueling a new era of cloud app delivery.

IBM unveils new Aspera FASPStream Software. PRNewswire. April 18th. Aspera, an IBM company, is unveiling Aspera FASPStream, a new turnkey application software line designed to enable live streaming of broadcast-quality video globally over commodity Internet networks with glitch-free playout and negligible start-up time – reducing the need for expensive and limited satellite-based backhaul, transport and distribution. Aspera’s FASPStream software line represents the first open video transport solution that is capable of high-quality, live streaming over commodity Internet WANs.

IBM brings blockchain framework to IBM Cloud. InfoWorld. April 29th.  Enterprises now have a secure IBM Cloud environment to develop blockchain applications that meet regulatory requirements.

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