Is IBM’s Growth in Asia-Pacific Good News for Watson?

APACYahoo — Asia-Pacific is expected to grow faster than North America in the IoT space. Previously in the series, we looked at IBM’s (IBM) fiscal 1Q16 results. We saw that for all geographies, Asia-Pacific was the only one that posted growth in fiscal 1Q16. Although the 1% growth is meager, it provides a sizable opportunity for IBM’s Watson.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ibm-growth-asia-pacific-good-150614051.html

Everyone Wins in Box’s Partnership With Amazon.com and IBM

APACFool — Undeterred, Box continues to both expand its presence in its core markets and develop new products. Case in point: Box just announced a new partnership with key cloud players Amazon.com andIBM which creates an opportunity for Box to expand its services to a new set of potential clients.

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/04/21/everyone-wins-in-boxs-partnership-with-amazoncom-a.aspx

IBM reports worst revenue in 14 years, shares slide

APACChannel News Asia — REUTERS: International Business Machines Corp reported its worst quarterly revenue in 14 years as results from newer businesses including cloud and mobile computing failed to offset declines in its traditional businesses, sending shares down nearly 5 percent in extended trading.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/ibm-s-revenue-beats-stree/2708770.html

IBM partners Rcom to provide cloud services

IndiaEconomic Times — Technology giant IBM has partnered Reliance Communications (Rcom) 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.

http://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/corporate/ibm-partners-rcom-to-provide-cloud-services/51779256

IBM, Box Bring Cloud Data Closer To Home

APACInformation Week — On Tuesday, IBM and Box announced a plan to offer cloud storage customers in Europe and Asia the ability to store data in local data centers, just in time for the European Parliament’s expected adoption of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) later this week.

http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/cloud-storage/ibm-box-bring-cloud-data-closer-to-home/d/d-id/1325070

IBM partners Rcom to provide cloud services

IndiaEconomic Times — NEW DELHI: Technology giant IBM has partnered Reliance CommunicationsBSE 2.38 % (Rcom) 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.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/ibm-partners-rcom-to-provide-cloud-services/articleshow/51778712.cms

IBM, MasterCard to offer big data platform for SMEs

APACTelecom Asia — IBM and MasterCard this week announced a partnership to give smaller merchants the chance to tap into the benefits of big data. The partnership will give merchants the ability to access real-time, analytics-based market insights on revenue, market share, customer demographics and competitors in a particular location and across multiple locations.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/ibm-mastercard-offer-big-data-platform-smes

Australian gov’t announces $484M IT agreement with IBM

AustraliaEnterprise Innovation — Australia’s federal government has announced a $484 million investment in new generation technology that improve its online services to citizens. IBM was tapped to implement the new IT services that will benefit millions of Australians that use our online services for a wide variety of payments. The office of Minister for Human Sevices Allan Trudge said in a media statement that the agreement with IBM will enable the government to realign hardware, software and services.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/australian-govt-announces-484m-it-agreement-ibm-408287943

IBM, Indosat Ooredoo to bolster telco cloud

IndonesiaIBM today revealed a significant cloud services deal in the APAC region that could be a sign of things to come. The Indonesian telecommunications provider Indosat Ooredoo and its subsidiary Lintasarta have signed a five year partnership deal to develop and deliver solutions via the IBM cloud to its customer base.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/ibm-indosat-ooredoo-bolster-telco-cloud

IBM encourages innovation across APAC

APACMIS Asia — IBM has announced the 12 winners of the first IBM Asia Pacific New Venture Challenge. The six-week challenge saw start-ups and tech companies building cognitive-enabled applications that aim to solve a variety of local industry needs. Participants included developers, software engineers, data scientists, and entrepreneurs from across the region.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/applications/ibm-encourages-innovation-across-apac/

China is the new battleground for Intel server dominance

China.gifMIS Asia — Intel has to keep a close watch on China, where an architectural battle could break its dominance in servers. Intel chips based on its x86 architecture are used in most servers worldwide. But the Chinese market is growing, and could kick-start emerging server architectures like ARM and IBM-backed OpenPower.

http://www.mis-asia.com/resource/data-center/china-is-the-new-battleground-for-intel-server-dominance/

IBM signs Rs 260 crore deal with BTI payments

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: IBM has signed a Rs 260 crore deal with BTI Payments for ATM infrastructure management, as it focuses on deepening its hold on the financial services sector in India. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s focus on financial inclusion, technology firms are seeing the rise of new players and deals in the Indian financial services space.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/IBM-signs-Rs-260-crore-deal-with-BTI-payments/articleshow/50621098.cms

IBM may have to share Vodafone contract in India

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Vodafone India, which is in the process of negotiating the extension of its $1-billion outsourcing contract with IBM that expires in March 2016, is currently exploring options that include handing out a bigger chunk of business to other technology vendors and reduce its reliance on IBM which has dominated the domestic telecom outsourcing market over the past decade, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/IBM-may-have-to-share-Vodafone-contract-in-India/articleshow/50405418.cms

IoT Spending Forecasts Reach Sky: Cisco, Facebook and Microsoft

APACInvest Correctly — Asia/Pacific is going to be the biggest driver of Internet of Things (IoT) in the next five-year period at least until 2019. While North America will follow suit, Europe would be third biggest regions when it comes to spending on IoT. IDC said recently that it expects IoT spending to reach nearly $1.3 billion by the turn of 2019. That is a good news for companies focused on IoT like Cisco, IBM, Alphabet, Facebook, Microsoft and other firms. Some of them are focused on IoT to offset the losses witnessed in other sectors.

http://investcorrectly.com/20151214/iot-spending-forecasts-reach-sky-cisco-systems-inc-csco-facebook-inc-fb-and-microsoft-corporation-msft/

SK Holdings C&C Joins Hands with IBM to Develop Future Cloud Services

KoreaBusiness Korea — South Korea’s IT services company, SK Holdings C&C, announced on Dec. 10 that it has recently signed an agreement with IBM at SK u-Tower in Bundang, Gyeonggi Province, to jointly build a cloud center. Ten officials from the two companies, including SK Holdings C&C President Park Jung-ho, IBM Asia Pacific General Manager Randy Walker and IBM Korea General Manager Jeffrey Rhoda, attended the signing ceremony.

http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/english/news/ict/13268-cloud-cooperation-sk-holdings-cc-joins-hands-ibm-develop-future-cloud-services

Judge throws Qld govt’s case against IBM out of court, from AU

AustraliaIT News  — Supreme Court Justice Glenn Martin has spiked the Queensland government’s attempt to sue IT contractor IBM over its role in the $1.25 billion failure of its health payroll replacement project. Justice Martin today sided with the IT giant, agreeing that a 2010 waiver of liability signed by both parties was ‘properly constructed’ and the state’s latest attempt to drag IBM through the courts was therefore legally invalid.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/judge-throws-qld-govts-case-against-ibm-out-of-court-412756

India hospital adopts Watson for Oncology

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — Manipal Hospitals’ corporate and teaching facilities will adopt IBM Watson for Oncology, a cognitive computing platform trained by Memorial Sloan-Kettering that analyzes data to identify evidence-based treatment options. This is expected to help oncologists provide cancer patients with individualized healthcare.  IBM said this will be the first deployment of Watson in India and the first engagement of its kind as the country advances efforts to transform healthcare.

http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/india-hospital-adopts-watson-oncology-968702562

Verizon announces IBM integration partnership for SCI customers

APACBCN — Verizon has announced IBM as the latest partner in its Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) service, bringing the total to eight cloud service options for its clients. Verizon Secure Cloud Interconnect customers can now connect to IBM Cloud data centre sites in Dallas and San Jose in the US and Tokyo and Sydney in the Asia Pacific region. Two additional sites are planned in Europe for the beginning of 2016.

http://www.businesscloudnews.com/2015/12/04/verizon-announces-ibm-integration-partnership-for-sci-customers/

HCL and IBM to develop cloud solutions

IndiaCE Asia Mag — IBM Corp. and HCL Technologies (HCL) announced a strategic partnership to jointly build hybrid cloud solutions to help enterprises drive their digital transformations. HCL will use Bluemix, IBM’s Cloud platform to build applications and solutions in the areas of Unified Service Management and Internet of Things (IoT). VThe Unified Service Management offering will help clients manage the most demanding and complex service delivery environments.

http://www.ceasiamag.com/2015/11/hcl-and-ibm-to-develop-cloud-solutions/

Accelerating OpenStack cloud authentication with Keystone tokens

JapanOpen Source — OpenStack Summit Tokyo October 27-30 will host thousands of developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack cloud software and feature one of the foremost Keystone experts and OpenStack pioneers in the Operations Track, Priti Desai. Priti is an advisory software engineer at IBM and part of various OpenStack projects including Keystone and OpenStack security projects (formally known as OpenStack Security Group).

http://opensource.com/business/15/10/openstack-summit-interview-priti-desai-ibm

IBM, CEC To Establish Joint Innovation Lab

ChinaChina Tech News — IBM and China Electronics Corporation jointly announced that they will establish a joint innovation lab and begin in-depth cooperation. By teaming with IBM in the establishment of joint innovation lab, CEC will enhance its technology joint innovation, realize win-win cooperation, bring greater value to customers, and promote the development of Chinese information technology industry.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/10/26/22196-ibm-cec-to-establish-joint-innovation-lab

India: The latest battleground for big cloud computing providers

IndiaFortune — IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon Web Services have opened, or will open, new data centers to take advantage of India’s tech-savvy populace. IBM opened a SoftLayer cloud data center in Chennai on Tuesday. It’s the company’s first in India, and the latest in a tech industry trend. A few weeks ago Microsoft announced three new Azure cloud data center regions in Pune, Hyderabad, and Chennai.

http://fortune.com/2015/10/13/india-cloud-computing/

IBM allows some governments to review source code

ChinaTimes of India — SAN FRANCISCO: International Business Machines (IBM) Corp on Friday said it allows certain countries to review, under strict control, portions of the US technology company’s product source code to detect any security flaws in its software. China is among those countries, a person familiar with the company’s policy there said. The reviews must be done using an IBM security application and the company “does not let people take the code out of the room,” the source said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/IBM-allows-some-governments-to-review-source-code/articleshow/49429078.cms

IBM allows Chinese Government to review source code – WSJ

China.gifChannel News Asia — REUTERS: International Business Machines Corp has agreed to let China review some product source code in a secure room, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing two people briefed on the practice. It was not clear which products IBM was allowing reviews of or how much time officials of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology can spend looking at the code, the WSJ said on Friday. (http://on.wsj.com/1PlKBoR)

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/ibm-allows-chinese-govern/2197718.html

IBM Taps Microsoft’s Cloud Data Center Provider in China to Host Bluemix PaaS

ChinaExpanding its Platform-as-a-Service offering to China, IBM has tapped Chinese data center provider 21Vianet to host and operate the solution in its data centers, the Armonk, New York-based giant announced today. IBM claims its Bluemix PaaS is the world’s largest deployment of the open source PaaS software called Cloud Foundry, which came out of VMware but was later spun off as an independently managed open source project.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/10/14/ibm-taps-microsofts-cloud-data-center-provider-in-china-to-host-bluemix-paas/

HCL, IBM Team Up to Drive IoT Adoption

IndiaEE Times — HCL Technologies, India’s fourth largest software services firm, has teamed up with International Business Machines (IBM) to develop Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. IoT is a technological concept that aims to make machines communicate with each other to send and receive information in real time.

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1327761

IBM building ecosystem in Philippines for global analytics

PhilippinesManila Times — The Philippines is set to see major development as a hub for analytics — the method of finding meaningful patterns in data – as IBM pioneers an ecosystem in the country for producing analytics professionals to service the industry’s booming global demand. The New York-based multinational technology and consulting corporation is bullish about its investment prospects in the Philippines, emboldened by the country’s brisk economy and its rich, young pool of English-speaking IT talents.

http://www.manilatimes.net/ibm-building-ecosystem-in-philippines-for-global-analytics/219963/

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