IBM: Companies facing social media conundrum

The company's study shows that many businesses are embracing social media tools, but to what end? IBM issued a report today that found while most companies are accelerating their social media plans, many are struggling to figure out what it all means.

IBM makes security push with cloud services, products aimed at mobile and big data

Analysts say IBM is basing much of its advances on technology from its acquisitions of Worklight, BigFix, Guardium, and Q1 Labs

IBM today widened its security offerings with products and cloud-based services focused broadly on both mobile devices and big data, both areas where IBM foresees growth as enterprises sort out their strategies toward both.

The barrage of announcements from IBM include:

IBM inaugure son premier centre de cloud public en France.

C’est la septième initiative dans ce sens recensée dans le monde, après les États-Unis (deux data centers), l’Allemagne, le Japon, Singapour et le Canada.

IBM multiplie les initiatives pour toucher tous les segments d’entreprises, comme le prouve l’accord signé avec AT&T pour proposer aux grandes organisations des « réseaux privés sécurisés dans le cloud ».

IBM, AT&T team on cloud services

IBM has teamed with AT&T to offer secure shared cloud services to customers over private networks rather than the public Internet, the companies said Tuesday.

The service to be delivered from early next year is targeted at clients worldwide who are deploying clouds that demand high levels of security and availability, and who often cite security as a key inhibitor to cloud computing adoption, the companies said in a statement.

IBM extends incentive programs to cloud service partners

IBM has launched a new set of incentives and aids to help its service partners make better use of the company's cloud services and products.

IBM's MSP (managed service provider) partners can now get financing, marketing assistance and technical expertise when pursuing clients, according to the company.

Connections enterprise social networking upgraded by IBM

IBM is releasing a new version of its Connections enterprise social networking (ESN) software, which companies use to give their employees social media capabilities adapted for workplace collaboration, such as employee profiles and blogging.

Enhancements in IBM Connections 4.0 include a more interactive activity stream, broader support for mobile devices, more granular usage analytics and integration with email and calendar systems, according to Heidi Ambler, director of product management for IBM Social Software. It is available immediately.

IBM set to replace Siebel with open-source SugarCRM

IBM is planning to replace its Siebel based customer relationship management (CRM) products with software owned by open-source software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendor SugarCRM, according to The Wall Street Journal.

This is the second major contract loss for Siebel, as HP recently revealed that it too would be replacing the platform with products provided by SaaS vendor

IBM pushes new integrated, lower-cost Linux servers

IBM is offering a combination of the Linux OS and Power7 processors in new servers aimed at virtualization and big data needs for mid-market businesses

IBM announced new "affordable" Linux servers on Wednesday as the company tries to push its new category of preconfigured servers for virtualization and big data to midmarket and enterprise customers.

IBM unveils new line of integrated systems

Anticipating a growing need for larger preconfigured systems, IBM has unveiled a new product line of integrated sets of IBM hardware and software, called PureSystems.

"We see this as a major new category of systems, one different from appliances and custom solutions," said Marie Wieck, IBM general manager for application and integration middleware.

IBM targets comprehensive mobile app development support

IBM is trying to replicate the success it's had with WebSphere in the mobile market.

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