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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Qantas moves ERP out of IBM and into MacTel

Qantas has moved its core Oracle-based ERP platform out of IBM’s Sydney data centre in favour of a new software-as-a-service model hosted by Macquarie Telecom, as part of its push to cut $2 billion out of its costs in three years. IBM – Qantas’ key data centre partner since 2004 – had hosted the airline’s Oracle E-Business Suite R11 platform out of its Sydney data centre, with Tata Consultancy Services providing application support, until May this year. The airline has spent the last 12 months renegotiating its supplier contracts in an effort to save $150 million in three years as part of its broader cost reduction program.


IBM wins $9.6m to host eCensus in 2016, from AU

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has opted not to build its own private cloud to host the 2016 eCensus, instead awarding a $9.6 million outsourcing contract to existing partner IBM. Australia’s national statistics agency first offered Australians the option to avoid completing the Census via its traditional paper-based form with a web-based eCensus in 2006. It partnered with IBM in a $9 million deal in 2005 to develop and support the web-based eCensus application – which is hosted on IBM’s AIX operating system and a WebSphere application server, out of the company’s Baulkham Hills, Sydney data centre.


Tencent, IBM team up to offer cloud-based services for businesses

HAINAN, China-Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. is getting help from International Business Machines Corp. to attract business customers, as the Chinese company diversifies its offerings beyond games and online communication. The companies said they signed a preliminary agreement to develop cloud-based offerings that would be provided by Tencent to sectors like banking, retail and health care, including services like management tools and analytics. The offerings will be run from Tencent data centers, the companies said, though Tencent has the option to use an IBM data center in Hong Kong.


Tencent, IBM Team Up to Offer Cloud-Based Services for Businesses

HAINAN, China–Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. is getting help from International Business Machines Corp. to attract business customers, as the Chinese company diversifies its offerings beyond games and online communication. The companies said they signed a preliminary agreement to develop cloud-based offerings that would be provided by Tencent to sectors like banking, retail and health care, including services like management tools and analytics. The offerings will be run from Tencent data centers, the companies said, though Tencent has the option to use an IBM data center in Hong Kong.


IBM scaling down India business, MD Vanitha Narayanan to return to US

BANGALORE: A decade after IBM put India at the core of its global strategy for software services, by building an army of engineers, the company is shedding staff, scaling down investments and even shuffling the top leadership in the country. Already, from around 1.65 lakh employees on its payroll by 2011, IBM’s India headcount has now fallen to around 1.13 lakh and set to slide to 1 lakh by March 2015, according to people familiar with the company’s plans.


IBM’s first cloud data centre in India to focus on private services for SMEs

BANGALORE: IBM is setting up its first cloud data centre in India to gain a bigger share of the cloud computing market in the country. The company has built a 30,000 sq ft data centre facility in Airoli, on the outskirts of Mumbai. The new Mumbai IBM Cloud Center is part of a 15 cloud center expansion, and a $1.2 billion investment by IBM Cloud to grow its cloud presence around the world.


Deakin University to use machine learning for student support #cloud #cloudcomputing

Students at Deakin University will soon be interacting with a very different form of student support officer – a computer, powered by artificial intelligence.  The university has signed a world-first deal with IBM’s Watson division to provide computerised support services from early 2015 that are powered by machine learning, and further to offer cognitive computing as a module within IT degrees offered by the institution.


Samsung takes on Apple, IBM partnership — by itself

Instead of partnering with a big services company to help business users, Samsung has decided to go it alone. The South Korean electronics giant on Tuesday unveiled its first entrée into services, called Samsung 360 Services for Business. The operations will allow it to support enterprise customers using everything from smartphones to printers — and the devices don’t even have to be made by Samsung. It will be a one-stop-shop for enterprise customers who need tech help as more of their employees bring their own devices to work and as the company supports more technology vendors.


IBM And Yonyou Announce Strategic Collaboration To Accelerate Big Data And Analytics Adoption

ARMONK, N.Y. and GUANGZHOU, China, Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Yonyou Software Co. Ltd, the largest enterprise ISV in the Asia Pacific region, today announced a strategic collaboration to accelerate the adoption of IBM Big Data & Analytics technologies to help customers gain business insight and run their applications more efficiently and at much lower cost. Under terms of the agreement, Yonyou and IBM will optimize DB2 with BLU Acceleration for NC, Yonyou’s ERP, supply chain, customer relationship, and human resources software.


IBM opens new client centre in Delhi

NEW DELHI: Tech giant IBM today opened a new client centre in Delhi to help enterprises address business challenges in their sectors leveraging cloud computing, analytics, mobile and social technologies.  The centre will use technology to create a digital immersive environment using the best of IBM and partner technology to create a customised experience for each client.


IBM to help China’s Inspur to design servers

BEIJING: IBM will help China’s largest server vendor Inspur International design server systems, the two companies said on Friday, an unexpected development in what has been a politically charged rivalry in the Chinese technology market.  Since last year Inspur has aggressively marketed its servers to Chinese state-owned firms as a replacement for IBM (International Business Machines Corp) systems while US-China relations have worsened dramatically over mutual suspicions of cyberspying.


US clears US$2.3b Lenovo deal for IBM unit

NEW YORK: IBM said on Friday (Aug 15) that US authorities had cleared a US$2.3 billion (S$2.86 billion) deal allowing China-based Lenovo to take over its server unit after a national security review. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews takeovers which could have national security implications, notified IBM “of the successful conclusion of the committee’s review,” the company said in a statement.


IBM tries to forecast and control Beijing’s air pollution

China’s nagging pollution problems could start to abate with the help of an IBM project that seeks to predict and control the air quality in Beijing, using new computing technologies. On Monday, IBM announced it was partnering with the Chinese capital to address the city’s ongoing air pollution woes. Populated by over 21 million people, Beijing is one of the country’s largest municipalities. But it’s also among the Chinese cities with some of the worst air quality in the nation, with pollution levels often rising to hazardous levels.


IBM to open new India data centre this year

HYDERABAD JUNE 25:  IBM will be setting up a new data centre in India by the end of this year as part of its $1.2-billion investment to expand its global cloud footprint. This comes on the back of its $2-billion acquisition of cloud computer player Softlayer last year. IBM is preparing itself to be a leading player in the global cloud services sector, having invested $7 billion and acquired 17 cloud companies in the last seven years to stock up a high-value cloud portfolio.