IBM will commit $1 billion in financing to help credit-qualified small and medium businesses (SMBs) over the next 18 months to take advantage of a new suite of advanced technologies such as analytics and cloud computing. This effort is designed to help SMBs spur innovation and drive economic growth by making credit more easily accessible, with approvals in less than 60 seconds, through IBM Global Financing.
Pour inciter les PME à basculer dans le cloud, IBM France compte sur ses partenaires et revendeurs, qui pourront y trouver leur compte grâce à l’émergence de nouveaux business models.
IBM ne cache pas ses ambitions : répandre la bonne parole cloud auprès des entreprises, qu’il s’agisse de grands comptes ou de PME.
The company known as International Business Machines turns 100 years old today, and it’s been one hell of a ride.
In the dynamic American economy, not many companies make it this long — much less remain this successful. You can probably count them on one hand: Ford. GE. Several banks, which have merged and acquired themselves right out of recognition.
IBM launches operation software package for cities
IBM plans to integrate its various applications for cities into one offering as it attempts to tap into a growing market.
In many respects, Big Blue is following the money. IDC reckons that information technology upgrades for cities will be worth $57 billion in 2014, up from $34 billion in 2011.
IBM announced a cloud-computing service that will let universities and colleges build custom private clouds that can be integrated into public cloud services. IBM also has a similar initiative underway for K-12 schools.
IBM improves Sametime platform
IBM recently released enhancements to its IBM Sametime platform with improvements that deliver native and third-party audio and video conferencing in browser-based meetings, and extend unified communications to new mobile devices.
IBM propose depuis cette semaine aux Etats-Unis un programme de location de tablettes autour de 20 dollars par mois l’unité, en plus du programme existant pour les PC.
L’iPad est bien sûr la plus connue, mais un certain nombre de tablettes sous d’autres OS seraient inclus dans le programme, en particulier la PlayBook de RIM, plus orientée en direction des professionnels.
The money will be used to investigate ways of advancing software, systems, and services to better analyze data.
Sensing a greater need in big-data analysis tools, IBM will invest $100 million to research advanced large-scale analytics, the company announced Friday.
IBM also said it will have 20 new service offerings to help customers quickly analyze petabytes of data.
IBM has customized its new BPM (business process management) software to help small and midsized organizations set up their own automated workflows just like big businesses do.
Most BPM tools "are built for thousands of users and to run across multiple servers, and so they can get complex and expensive. This [software] addresses the BPM need in the mid-market," said Ron Kline, an IBM director for marketing to small and midsized businesses. "It fits the need for a midsized company, without it being too lightweight."
IBM reports 'best first-quarter growth in over a decade'
IBM reported quarterly sales growth across all its major divisions and raised its earnings outlook for the full year, the latest sign that business spending in the IT sector continues to recover.
IBM's total revenue for the quarter ended March 31 was $24.6 billion, up 8 percent from the same quarter a year earlier, or up 5 percent on a constant currency basis. Net income after one-time charges climbed 10 percent to $2.9 billion, IBM said.
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