IBM India looks up to Watson to revive dwindling revenue, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: IBM is aggressively pitching a more attractive Watson to its top Indian customers, hoping they will once again take a shine to the company that’s struggling with dwindling market share in the country. The Armonk, New York-based company’s chief executive Virginia M Rometty, who was in India on Tuesday, made a strong case for the path-breaking Watson artificial-intelligence system to clients, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, as part of a broader push to win more business in India, people familiar with the discussions said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/IBM-India-looks-up-to-Watson-to-revive-dwindling-revenue/articleshow/48095715.cms

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty calls on PM Narendra Modi

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Global IT major IBM CEO Ginni Rometty met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 15. Rometty is on a three-day visit to India and has met senior leaders in the government as well as from the industry. “Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM, calling on PM Shri @narendramodi,” Press Information Bureau tweeted with picture of Modi and Rometty without disclosing details of discussions between them.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/IBM-CEO-Ginni-Rometty-calls-on-PM-Narendra-Modi/articleshow/48095366.cms

IBM pitches supercomputer Watson to top Indian clients

IndiaIndia Times — BENGALURU: IBM is aggressively pitching a more attractive Watson to its top Indian customers, hoping they will once again take a shine to the company that’s struggling with dwindling market share in the country. The Armonk, New York-based company’s chief executive Virginia M Rometty, who was in India on Tuesday, made a strong case for the path-breaking Watson artificial-intelligence system to clients, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, as part of a broader push to win more business in India, people familiar with the discussions said.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/ibm-pitches-supercomputer-watson-to-top-indian-clients/articleshow/48091469.cms

TCS and IBM lead race for Volvo’s $500 million IT contract

IndiaBENGALURU: Tata Consultancy Services and International Business Machines have emerged as frontrunners in the race to win Swedish truckmaker AB Volvo’s IT outsourcing contract, worth about $500 million, according to people familiar with the matter. As part of the deal, which is expected to stretch over three to five years, Volvo will outsource its IT business unit, they said, adding that HP and Infosys are among the other firms being evaluated. Volvo may give out business worth at least $100 million a year as part of this deal, they said, requesting anonymity.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/tcs-and-ibm-lead-race-for-volvos-500-million-it-contract/articleshow/47698785.cms

Avnet and IBM working together with MDeC on cloud onboarding programme, from Malaysia

MalaysiaIT solutions distributor Avnet Technology Solutions said it is working with IBM and the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) on the MSC Malaysia ‘Cloud Onboarding Programme.’ Under the MSC Malaysia Cloud Computing Enablement Initiative, independent software vendors (ISVs) and system integrators (SIs) will be able use IBM Cloud, a ‘Software-as-a-Service’ (SaaS) offering, Avnet said in a statement.The ISVs and SIs will get access to SoftLayer infrastructure from IBM to develop enterprise software, it added.

https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/digital-economy/avnet-and-ibm-working-together-with-mdec-on-cloud-onboarding-programme

Worldwide server shipments grow 13% in 1Q15, while revenues increase 17.9%, says Gartner, from TW

TaiwanIn the first quarter of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 13% on year, while revenues increased 17.9% from the first quarter of 2014, according to Gartner. “The first quarter of 2015 was a particularly strong start to the year, with the strongest shipment growth since the third quarter of 2010, when the market was recovering from the downturn. It was also the second-largest-volume quarter ever,” said Adrian O’Connell, research director at Gartner.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150601PR219.html

IBM and Asia Pacific University in next-gen workforce collaboration

MalaysiaIBM Malaysia and the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) have announced an academic collaboration to develop what they said would be the “next generation of technology-savvy graduates.” The two parties will share skills, best practices and knowledge, IBM Malaysia said in a statement. In 2011, APU – via IBM’s Academic Initiative – began to embed IBM Rational software in the courses taught in its Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology.

https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/digital-economy/ibm-and-asia-pacific-university-in-nextgen-workforce-collaboration

IBM planning to set up second data centre in India

IndiaPANAJI: Technology giant IBM is planning to set up its second data centre in India to cater to the demand from various sectors including financial services and government. The US-based firm already has a data centre in Mumbai. “We are looking at setting up another public cloud data centre. As you know, sectors like government and financial services prefer their data residing within the country,” IBM India managing director Vanitha Narayanan told PTI.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/IBM-planning-to-set-up-second-data-centre-in-India/articleshow/47386708.cms

IBM offers up to US$120K to Malaysian Cloud startups

MalaysiaEnterprise platform for cloud company IBM is offering up to US$120,000 worth of credits to qualifying Cloud startups in Malaysia under the IBM Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP). “The cloud market in Malaysia remains untapped with a good growth potential,” said Balwinder Gill, IBM Malaysia Software Cloud leader. “Through IBM GEP, we plan to expand our presence among local cloud startups and help them grow as vital players in the industry, which ultimately secures the future of IBM’s business in Malaysia as well.”

http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/cloud-computing/ibm-offers-up-to-us120k-to-malaysian-cloud-startups/

IBM to team up with Chinese company and make Obama unhappy

ChinaThe International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and China’s Beijing Teamsun Technology recently announced their cooperation, allowing the latter based on IBM’s technologies to develop and sell domestic innovation products–a move seen provoking the Obama administration, ThePaper.cn reports. Previously, the Obama administration had been weary of the information security contents in the draft of China’s anti-terrorism law, and now IBM’s cooperating with a Chinese enterprise in handing over the source codes to the latter will make the US government even more unhappy.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150325000017

IBM opens Sydney SoftLayer data centre

AustraliaIBM is chasing Microsoft Azure by launching a second Australian point-of-presence (PoP) for its SoftLayer cloud business. The company opened its Melbourne facility – at a Digital Realty-owned site in Deer Park – last August as part of a $1.2 billion investment in cloud globally. At the time of the Melbourne announcement, IBM said it would also open a Sydney facility by October. IBM did not respond to request for detail on the delayed launch of the Sydney centre.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/401528,ibm-opens-sydney-softlayer-data-centre.aspx

IBM Launches Second Cloud Center in Australia

AustraliaSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, Mar 10, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Today, IBM announced the opening of its newest SoftLayer cloud center in Sydney, Australia. As part of IBM’s $1.2 billion investment to expand its cloud services, the new facility joins Melbourne in meeting the growing customer demand for scalable cloud solutions with global reach in Australia.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ibm-launches-second-cloud-center-in-australia-2015-03-10

Government’s open source push worries software cos like Microsoft, IBM and Oracle, from India

IndiaNEW DELHI: As the government looks to adopt open source software development for its applications, proprietary software vendors such as Microsoft, IBM and Oracle are worried, and are looking at alternative ways of doing business, say experts.  “All the big players are already worried. They have made a lot of money in the traditional proprietary software model, but in the next 2-3 years, as people come out of the lock-in period of (their contracts), you will see the demise of a lot of these proprietary models,” said Professor Rahul De.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/governments-open-source-push-worries-software-cos-like-microsoft-ibm-and-oracle/articleshow/46452697.cms

Opera Software Meets Mobile Growth in Asia with IBM Cloud

APACWith more than 350 million unique users, Opera Software provides one of the world’s leading web browsers and one of the leading browsers on mobile platforms and Smart TVs, with more than 270 million unique mobile users around the world. In fact, Opera Mini servers, which run the browser specifically for mobile phones, delivered more than 177 billion web pages in just one year, and has compressed more than 350 petabytes of data since Opera Mini’s launch in 2006.

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/NY24942.htm

Powering a better Malaysia

MalaysiaDuring our  business travels to Kuala Lumpur, we have frequently heard the phrase “let’s build a better Malaysia”.  Having developed a great interest and admiration for this country, we were curious about the deeper meaning of the phrase and how it relates to our work on energy issues for IBM. Through discussions with everyday Malaysians in restaurants, taxi cabs, malls, and government agencies we have found three core principles that help define what ‘a better Malaysia’ actually means to her people.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-Opinion/2015/01/21/Powering-a-better-Malaysia/

IBM unveils servers targeting e-commerce, mobile app economy

NEW DELHI: Technology giant IBM today unveiled the z13 mainframe servers, which will provide real-time encryption on all mobile transactions, targeting e-commerce and m-commerce firms in India. z13 is the first system able to process 2.5 billion transactions a day. Its transactions are persistent, protected and auditable from end-to-end, IBM said in a statement.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/ibm-unveils-servers-targeting-e-commerce-mobile-app-economy/articleshow/45941375.cms

Revealed: Queensland’s case against IBM

The Queensland government says it never should have picked IBM to design and implement a new payroll solution for its health department, and will take the IT giant to court alleging it deceived the state in order to win the lucrative deal. The Newman government, which faces its first election in just over a fortnight, announced more than a year ago that it would attempt to recoup some of the estimated $1.25 billion cost of finishing a failed replacement of Queensland Health’s payroll systems, by suing the prime contractor behind the rollout.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399308,revealed-queensland8217s-case-against-ibm.aspx

IBM reshuffles top deck in India

BENGALURU: IBM has reshuffled its top deck in India as it focuses on newer digital imperatives like cloud, mobility and analytics and as global revenues have dropped for nine successive quarters.  Rajesh Nambiar, who was till recently general manager and managing partner of IBM Asean based in Singapore, has been appointed as the head of global business services (GBS)-global delivery in IBM India effective December 1.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/IBM-reshuffles-top-deck-in-India/articleshow/45521562.cms

Queensland government ‘blame shifting’: IBM

The Queensland government is attempting to rewrite history by launching legal action against IBM over the failed health payroll system, the tech giant says. Premier Campbell Newman confirmed on Sunday that the government will this week serve IBM with court documents over the system which was implemented under Labor in 2010. Thousands of health staff were incorrectly paid when the system malfunctioned after its rollout by IBM, in a debacle that is expected to ultimately cost taxpayers $1.2 billion.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/560741/queensland-government-blame-shifting-ibm/

Qld Govt lawyers up for battle against IBM

The Queensland Government has hired Minter Ellison lawyers to argue its case against technology giant IBM, as it goes after compensation for the botched replacement of Queensland Health payroll systems. The appointment of the top tier law firm to the case marks the first public step the state has taken in its legal battle to secure compensation from its former contractor since it filed a statement of claim in the Queensland Supreme Court in December 2013.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398307,qld-govt-lawyers-up-for-battle-against-ibm.aspx