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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IBM has successfully started one state of the art data center in the Hong Kong for its SoftLayer cloud computing service providing division. This is part of IBM’s strategy to strengthen its cloud computing business operations across the globe. The acquisition has given IBM a foothold into Asia. The new Hong Kong data center can house as many as 15,000 servers, according to tech site Great Responder.
GREATRESPONDER.COM – This was announced by the Big Blue Corporation at the start of this week that it has successfully started one state of the art data center in the Hong Kong for its SoftLayer cloud computing service providing division. The company further explained that this data center is being established in Asia Pacific region to strengthen its cloud computing business operations across the globe and especially in the Asia Pacific region.
International Business Machines Corp. (IBM:US) won a contract with China’s state-owned Shanghai Airport Authority to use cloud computing to help move traffic more efficiently. The IBM system, the first phase of which was completed in March, helps the airport manage everything from airplane taxi times to passengers waiting on a concourse, the Armonk, New York-based company said in a statement today.
SoftLayer has announced the opening of a Hong Kong data centre, with Jonathan Wisler, EMEA managing director at SoftLayer, saying the company’s partnership with IBM continues to accelerate. The infrastructure as a service provider opened up in Hong Kong on Monday, with further plans to expand in London later this year – as Salesforce.com did last week – as well as expansion in Europe, South America, Latin America and Asia.
Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud software and services provider, today announced IBM will use Virtustream’s cloud management platform (CMP) software, xStream, as an option to deliver SAP and SAP HANA environments on the SoftLayer, an IBM Company, cloud globally for both managed and customer managed SAP environments. This partnership will enable companies to easily move existing mission-critical SAP applications to the SoftLayer cloud with confidence – gaining cloud efficiency and enhancing both security and performance.
To keep abreast with industrial needs, Rayat Bahra education group has partnered with global leading computer company IBM to launch a B Tech computer courses at its institutions. Talking to Hill Post, group chairman Gurvinder Singh Bahra said that job placements was a priority and it was often noticed that the courses offered at institutions are not able to keep pace with changes coming about in industry.