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IBM to buy Meteorix

IBM logoBig Blue said it will buy a company called Meteorix which specialises in Workday, which is a set of cloud applications for finance and personnel management.

Bridget van Kralingen, senior VP at IBM global business services, said the acquisition will make IBM one of the leading Workday service providers in the world.

Sam Spector, CEO of Mateorix said that his company’s rapid growth was down to its strong focus on customers. He said that combining the capabilities of the two companies will mean customers can use the analytics of IBM and its own experience in providing Workday applications.

IBM did not say how much it will pay for Meteorix or when the acquisition will be completed. It also did nt say whether the unit will function autonomously or whether it will be absorbed into the IBM global services unit.

The company was only started in 2011 with most of its customer base in the USA and Canada.

IBM adds more cloud to mix

IBM logoBig Blue has opened a new cloud centre in Bangalore and has added a bunch of additional services to its cloud portfolio.

It is aiming at the retail market that lets shops target customers using big data.

It has also introduced what it calls “personalised learning” – a package that is aimed at corporations that need to train up people.

And it has introduced a service it calls “insights for a connected world” – a platform that is aimed at the internet of things and which churns data from many sources into analytics that can be sold on or improve businesses from inside.

IBM said it now has over 20 different answers for different businesses from vertical markets to business functions.

The Bangalore centre is intended to let IBM’s customers and partners work together with its own consultants to personalise the different industry platforms it sells.

IBM claims Watson is the future

Sherlock Holmes and Dr WatsonBig Blue said that its Watson platform is an “entirely new” model of computing because it isn’t programmed and learns.

IBM claimed that in less than in two years the Watson platform now has over 25 application programming interfaces (APIs) available for over 50 technologies, as it introduced new features yesterday.

Those new features include language, speech and vision services as well as more developer tools.

The company claimed its natural language classifier lets developers build application that understand meaning by using its dialogue function.

In addition, Watson visual insights lets developers build apps that will get meaning from social media images and video.

The company also said it has added to its speech to text and text to speech services by adding Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese.

IBM has also put into beta its “knowledge studio” which it hopes will combine machine learning and text analytics in a single tool.

Meanwhile, the company opened a Watson Hub in San Francisco aimed at collaborating with local and Silicon Valley companies.

Cisco does deal with Chinese

the Cisco kidNetwork gear maker Cisco is forming a joint-venture with Chinese server maker Inspur to sell  networking and cloud computing products in China.

The Silicon Valley firm has been suffering behind the bamboo curtain because of political pressure and declining sales.

Cisco and Inspur said they would invest $100 million in the project, although they offered few other details.

However this deal is typical of a growing number of tie-ups between Chinese and US technology firms which are part of a cunning plan to get government regulators off the backs of the big multi-nationals.

Microsoft is to partner with Baidu and Chinese state-owned private investment firm Tsinghua Unigroup on cloud technology. Dell announced last week it would invest $125 billion over five years in China. IBM pledged to help develop China’s advanced chip industry with a “Made with China” strategy.

Chipmakers Intel and Qualcomm are developing chips with smaller Chinese companies.

Similar to its dealings with the foreign auto industry in decades past, Chinese officials have made clear to foreign technology firms that market access depends on their sharing technology and cooperating with Chinese industry.

Cisco’s market share has fallen in China, where its products have been labelled a cybersecurity threat by state media and government-affiliated experts.



IBM introduces cloud security technology for apps

IBM logoTech giant IBM said that it has introduced cloud technology that secures enterprise data.

Cloud Security Enforcer combines cloud identity management – which it dubs identity as a service – that helps enterprises uncover outside apps accessed by employees, including on mobile devices.

IBM said that employees using apps are exposing enterprises to potentially dangerous security exposure.

It said a third of employees at Fortune 1,000 firms share and upload corporate data on third party cloud apps.

Risky things include people signing in with personal email addresses.

IBM claims that 40 percent of mobile apps aren’t secure before they’re made available to the public.

Big Blue said it has built this security feature into software including Box, Office 365, Google Apps, and salesforce.com.

IBM claimed that the product uses “deep threat analytics” from its global intelligence network, IBM X-Force, which monitors the internet and analyses over 20 billion global security events daily.

Flash is no flash in the pan

EMC logoThe use of flash memory in external storage systems grew by 113 percent year on year in the European Middle East and Africa (EMEA) territories, according to figures released by IDC.

IDC said that although economic instability held back sales a little, but the rise, which accounted for revenues of $1.63 billion, indicates that enterprises are steadily moving to public cloud adoption by European enterprises.

While EMC remained at number one in the second quarter, followed by HP, Netapp, IBM and Dell, the original development manufacturers (ODMs) which sell directly, had a 23.9 percent share of the market, outselling all these vendors but EMC, which had a 26.4 percent share.

IDC believes that in Western Europe, adoption of flash, and in particular all flash arrays rather than hybrid devices, will continue to grow with enterprises and organisations going towards software defined and flash based datacentres.

IBM buys cloud company

Cumulus clouds - Wikimedia CommonsAnother day and another cloud announcement from IBM.

Today it said it has bought software company Strongloop. Strongloop, San Mateo company, specialises in providing application programming interfaces (API) for enterprises.

IBM said it bought it because it has an important role in connecting enterprise apps to mobile, the internet of things, and web applications in the cloud.

IBM didn’t say how much it paid for the privately held company.

IBM will seek to weld its Node.is product into IBM Bluemix.

Big Blue will provide worldwide support for the Strongloop family by the second half of next year and will create support for Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

The cloud is elementary, my dear Watson

Dr Watson and Sherlock HolmesIBM is branching into the health business with its Watson technology and has hired the CEO of Philips Healthcare to set up its Watson Health Cloud.

Deborah DiSanzo will run the business for Big Blue and has been given the task of expanding the business globally and look after a number of customers and partners including Johnson & Johnson, Apple, Medtronic, Epic and CVS Health.

IBM said it has expanded its portfolio with Watson Health Cloud for Life Sciences Compliance and Watson Care Manager.

The first of these is aimed biomedical companies to bring medical inventions to market more efficiently using a Cloud compliant infrastructure and applications.

Watson Care Manager integrates capabilities from Watson Health, Apple’s Healthkit and ResearchKit letting researchers use iPhones for a range of purposes.

IBM claimed that Watson has made significant inroads into the market since its introduction five months ago.

Buffet backs Big Blue


WarrenBuffett1IBM might have had a bad year, but its attempts to improve itself have been given the thumbs up by contrarian investor Warren Buffet.

Buffett, who is the CEO and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway has been buying IBM shares, because they are pretty cheap at the moment.  That said the amount of money he invested in the first quarter took a hammering.  IT has been estimated that Buffet lost $700 million on IBM so far.

Buffett’s Berkshire owned a more than eight percent stake in IBM as of June 30. IBM shares have slumped nearly 12 percent so far in the third quarter.  He has also been buying shares in Phillips.

He made a mistake when he alluded to buying more IBM.  He thought he had bought shares in the second quarter but it appears he forgot.

Still it means that Buffett will be part of IBM’s life for a while.  He famously said that you have to buy shares when they are cheap and play a ten year game with them.

Buffett also said that the US economy was not growing at a “booming” rate but remained on the path it has been on for six years of growing at a rate of two percent or a little better annually. He said he would “be a little careful” about getting too excited about quarterly statistics.


Data centres drive storage growth

EMC logoThe enterprise storage systems market was worth $8.8 billion during the second quarter of this year – growing 2.1 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

IDC said that revenues were spurred by original design manufacturers (ODMs) which sell their wares direct to hyperscale data centres. That segment of the market grew by 25.8 percent in the quarter, year on year, and accounted for $1 billion worth of revenues.

The trend is for enterprises to buy storage tech cutting cost and complexity – that means a move towards cloud storage, software defined storage, flash optimised systems and integrated systems.

Despite the move towards buying from ODMs, EMC remained on top of the vendor pile, although its revenue growth fell by four percent year on year. It holds 19.2 percent of the market.

HP grew by 8.7 percent in the quarter, with 16.2 percent market share. Third was Dell with 101 percent market share, and IBM held fourth position with 8.1 percent share.