Posts Tagged ‘IBM’

Singapore-wide locker network based on IBM Blockchain/Bluemix

Monday, October 24th, 2016

IBM empowers Singapore startup – FreshTurf – with Blockchain and Bluemix for island-wide federated lockers network.

Working in the IBM Bluemix Garage, FreshTurf plans to create and deploy unique logistics app with blockchain and cloud.

Working in the IBM Bluemix Garage, FreshTurf plans to create and deploy unique logistics app with blockchain and cloud.

IBM is working with Singapore start-up FreshTurf in the Singapore location of its IBM Bluemix Garage network.

“As a startup, we wanted a partner and mentor who would guide us through the journey of adopting blockchain and building with cloud, while also helping us to grow. During the Design Thinking workshop, we had access to technical expertise, consulting and guidance through working with the IBM Bluemix Garage which allowed us to quickly build our concept. The IBM Bluemix Garage’s methods of Design Thinking, use of cloud and agile development practices served as the foundation of our startup,” said Jarryl Hong, Co-Founder, FreshTurf.

Using IBM Cloud and Blockchain technologies, FreshTurf has been working with IBM Bluemix Garage developers and designers to create a network of storage lockers for shipping and parcel delivery throughout Singapore.

This locker ledger network is designed to help improve the “last mile” of delivery services for consumers and businesses, or the final leg of a package’s journey to a customer’s home.

Blockchain is a technology for a new generation of transactions which establish accountability and transparency while streamlining business processes.

Fueled by and built on Bluemix, IBM’s cloud platform, IBM and FreshTurf aims to build a distributed ledger platform prototype specifically designed to manage commercial transactions between merchants, logistic vendors, locker companies and consumers.

Not only can the application of blockchain technology help provide visibility across the fulfilment chain, allowing users to track their parcel and delivery status from the convenience of their phone, it can help stakeholders to conduct shipping transactions in a highly secure and trusted environment.

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“IBM Studios Singapore” opened in Watson Centre at Marina Bay

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

The new IBM Studios Singapore joins a global network of 30 IBM Studios and will create cognitive-driven digital experiences for the company’s clients.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam - Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies  - speaking at the opening of the new Design Studios Singapore during the launch of The Watson Centre at Marina Bay.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam – Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies – speaking at the opening of the new Design Studios Singapore during the launch of The Watson Centre at Marina Bay.

IBM today announced the opening of IBM Studios Singapore, a new design center to help clients reinvent their business for the digital age and develop individualised experiences through a combination of cognitive capabilities and experience design.

“Our designers work with clients through the customer experience from strategy, creative and design to scalable digital, commerce, mobile and wearable platforms. We sit side-by-side with our clients to invent and co-create personalised, innovative solutions using IBM’s leadership in cognitive, research and design to take digital experiences to the next level for clients,” said Stefan Hirsch, ASEAN Lead for IBM iX.

The announcement was made at the launch of IBM’s Watson Centre at Marina Bay in Singapore, and was officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

Located in the Marina Bay Financial Centre, IBM Studios Singapore will serve as the regional hub and will host more than 100 designers and digital experts from IBM iX (Interactive Experience).

IBM iX provides next-generation services dedicated to digital reinvention and transformational outcomes.

Clients will work side-by-side with teams of IBM creative designers, researchers, digital strategists, analytics and cognitive solution experts to analyze their business challenges and co-create new business models and offerings.

IBM iX applies the principles of IBM Design Thinking, which takes a rapid prototyping approach to user-centric product development, as well as IBM Design Language, a framework to inspire bold and engaging experiences.

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IBM opens “The Watson Centre at Marina Bay” in Singapore

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

In an investment to accelerate development and commercialisation of disruptive technologies in Asia, the new Watson Centre houses “IBM Garage Singapore” and “IBM Studios – Singapore”; and will facilitate close to 5,000 IBM Cognitive Solution Professionals across the region co-creating with clients to drive transformation in their organisations.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam - Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies  - officiating the launch of The Watson Centre at Marina Bay (in Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2).

Tharman Shanmugaratnam – Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies – officiating the launch of The Watson Centre at Marina Bay (in Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2).

Within the next five years, disruptive technologies such as cognitive computing and blockchain are expected to drive dramatic shifts in every industry, from healthcare, to financial services, to tourism.

“We are pleased with IBM’s decision to establish their APAC HQ and the new Watson Centre, together with a number of innovation initiatives, in Singapore to develop impactful digital solutions for their clients. This is a testament to Singapore’s growing start-up ecosystem, presence of strong industry verticals and the availability of digital talent with deep capabilities,” said Yeoh Keat Chuan, Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board.

To help clients of all sizes in the Asia Pacific region lead in shaping the future of their industries, IBMtoday announced plans to assist in the rapid prototyping and commercialisation of solutions based on cognitive computing and blockchain.

IBM today opened The Watson Centre at Marina Bay, an incubator designed to bring together organisations of all sizes, business partners and IBM experts to co-create business solutions that leverage IBM’s cognitive, blockchain and design capabilities.

IBM’s new Asia Pacific headquarters is based in the same location, in the heart of Singapore’s financial district.

Watson Centre at Marina Bay will act as a centre of expertise for almost 5,000 IBM cognitive solutions professionals in the Asia Pacific region alone, including researchers, IBM Watson specialists, data scientists, software engineers, agile developers and analytics experts.

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IBM SolutionsConnect: Garage Track 1 – Accelerate Speed of Innovation

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Businesses compete today in an increasingly digital marketplace, with stakeholders that expect innovative, personalised and efficient interactions with modern digital businesses via interconnected digital technologies.

Brent Michael Nulf shares how enterprises can accelerate their speed of innovation through the adoption of APIs and Microservices.

Following the two keynote presentations at the one-day thought leadership conference by IBM in Singapore, there were two concurrent one-and-a-half-hour Garage Tracks, one on accelerating the speed of innovation and the second on insights-driven IT. I followed the former to find out more about how to extend infrastructure investments to drive innovation. This is the first presentation in this Track.

Following the two keynote presentations at the one-day thought leadership conference by IBM in Singapore, there were two concurrent one-and-a-half-hour Garage Tracks, one on accelerating the speed of innovation and the second on insights-driven IT. I followed the former to find out more about how to extend infrastructure investments to drive innovation. This is the first presentation in this Track.

Brent Michael Nulf – who is a Business Unit Executive for MobileFirst Platform & Cloud, Asia Pacific, IBM Corporation – cited Starbucks, Peugeot and CitiBank as examples of companies that had reaped huge returns by disrupting through digitisation of their businesses.

The world’s most successful digital enterprises – such as Google, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, eBay, Salesforce.com – are leveraging an API-base architecture to enable innovation and power growth.

Valuable business assets are exposed as APIs that are consumed by App Developers to develop innovative apps that result in a delightful experience for customers.

However, within enterprises, a fine balance needs to be struck between the demands by the lines of business for fast speed and agility in the digital ecosystem, against the slower pace of the IT departments for integration and scaling of the core enterprise to ensure stability.

The answer to this “Multi-Speed” conundrum is Microservices, which involves the implementation of the SOA architecture to create small autonomous services that work well together.

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IBM SolutionsConnect: Blockchain – Beyond Finance

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Disruption enables enterprises to cut costs involved in technologies whilst reducing the inefficiencies. Alan Lim shares how IBM Blockchain Labs can help you apply blockchain technology to make more efficient an application that is core to your business.

If your business is based on a network of partners, dealers, suppliers and customers; and if your success is based on a system that can be disrupted; AND if you want to become the next disruptor, you should take a serious look at Blockchain technology.

If your business is based on a network of partners, dealers, suppliers and customers; and if your success is based on a system that can be disrupted; AND if you want to become the next disruptor, you should take a serious look at Blockchain technology.

Enterprises can now leverage on the structured approach for an application or a system based on Blockchain tenets.

Blockchain technology is suitable for any enterprise that involves multi-party, multi-layered transactions.

“Blockchain is the next stage of digitisation,” said Raymond Wong – Country Manager, Software, IBM Singapore – during his welcome address for IBM’s one-day thought leadership conference (“Technology Leadership in the Cognitive Era”) in Singapore.

Blockchain entails the principle of a shared ledger with shared data, leading to visibility of not only the entire history of transactions, but also the customer’s relationship data.

Alan Lim noted that some US$1 billion has been spent on Blockchain technology, and that the investment is moving away from BitCoin specific to the underlying Blockchain technology.

Lim is a Lead Software Architect with IBM Software.

Enterprises do not work in silos, instead they thrive in business networks, generating wealth in the marketplace through the transference of goods and services.

The key then is how to engineer trust among the various parties, especially when it is a challenge to monitor asset ownership and transfers/transactions.

Blockchain technology is based on a concept of a decentralised consensus network, introducing replicated, shared, permissioned ledgers for transparency, whilst privacy is maintained by ensuring that relevant parties can only see what they need.

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IBM SolutionsConnect: Disruptive technology in the cognitive era

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

With the blistering pace at which technology develops in this cognitive era, the mantra of the day is “disrupt or be disrupted”. IBM explores the possibilities of exploiting disruptive cutting-edge technologies through real-life case studies of how industry leaders have transformed their organisations and markets to lead the pack.

I am at a one-day thought leadership conference held by technology leader IBM at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The conference will discuss leading-edge technologies that organisations can exploit to win. I’m looking forward to the solutions showcase that will demo the latest in cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics, amongst other technologies of the day.

I am at a one-day thought leadership conference held by technology leader IBM at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The conference will discuss leading-edge technologies that organisations can exploit to win. I’m looking forward to the solutions showcase that will demo the latest in cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics, amongst other technologies of the day.

Brett Michael Nulf brought delegates through various examples of how technology-driven disruptions had decimated many traditional leaders in various industries in recent years, emphasising the importance for enterprises to stay vigilant in order to avoid getting eliminated because of disruption from existing competitors and new startups.

He mused at how more than seventy percent of companies have dropped off the Fortune 500 list, with the “Unicorn Club” of privately-funded startups reaching US$1bn in value becoming increasingly crowded.

Nulf is a Business Unit Executive for MobileFirst Platform & Cloud, Asia Pacific, IBM Corporation.

He cautioned that although the Fintech arena is currently seeing the most disruptions, other industries are also prone to technology-driven disruptions, such as in manufacturing, healthcare, and even traditional sectors with a long history – such as consumer packaged goods.

An interesting phenomenon that Nulf described was what he called the “Uber syndrome – where a competitor with a completely different business model enters your industry and flattens you”.

It was an interesting example where the innovative newcomer (in this case Uber) enjoyed rapidly growing revenue and market share at the expense of traditional taxis – while the overall pie remained the same.

One key reason why these disruptive newcomers do so well is the speed with which they move and innovate.

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Oracle unveils SPARC servers with fastest microprocessor in the world

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The new SPARC T5 and M5 servers redefine the economics of Enterprise Computing by delivering extreme performance and value for database and enterprise applications.

They trump the competition on multiple business-critical workloads.

Oracle SPARC T5-8 server and SPARC M5-32 server. Not shown to scale.

Oracle SPARC T5-8 server and SPARC M5-32 server. Not shown to scale.

Oracle today announced a complete refresh of their midrange and high-end SPARC server lines with new SPARC T5 and M5 servers running Oracle Solaris.

“Oracle has refreshed its SPARC family with the world’s fastest processor and launched the world’s fastest single server for Database, Java and multi-tier applications,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle.

Oracle’s new SPARC T5 midrange servers are based on the SPARC T5, the world’s fastest microprocessor.

Businesses today need the computing power to exploit Big Data to maximum advantage, in order to use analytics to discover growth and opportunities, and turn social streams into market intelligence.

Traditional systems simply don’t have the horsepower to handle those demanding tasks.

Oracle’s new SPARC T5 servers have set 17 world records(1) – awarded by independent industry organisations.

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Micro Focus announces new Test Server

Friday, November 4th, 2011

The new Test Server from Micro Focus offers a revolutionary approach and additional test capacity to IBM Mainframe Application Testing.

“We needed to find an innovative solution that would facilitate higher quality, scalable testing,” explained José Caetano Pereira, Senior IT Manager at BES. “By detecting errors earlier in the software development lifecycle, we will be able to deliver changes faster and deliver more robust software through to the User Acceptance Test phase and subsequent production.”Micro Focus, a leading provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, has released Micro Focus Test Server – a unique technology that promises to accelerate testing processes while significantly reducing operating costs.

Customers such as the largest listed Portuguese bank, Banco Espirito Santo (BES), are implementing Micro Focus Test Server to enable them to improve software quality by increasing available mainframe test capacity on a Windows platform.

Micro Focus Test Server is an IBM z/OS compatible environment where application execution behaves just as it would on the target production mainframe. This makes it possible to perform a broad range of preproduction testing on readily available hardware. Testing capacity can now be easily increased to meet business-critical timeframes without incurring prohibitive costs.

Micro Focus Test Server is the first and only IBM mainframe-compatible solution for system, user acceptance and integration testing.

Micro Focus Test Server features:

  • Support for a wide range of mainframe COBOL and Assembler applications and data including batch with JCL, online CICS or IMS TM, DB2, IMS DB and VSAM files.
  • A black box test execution environment for composite applications where .NET and Java programmes invoke mainframe COBOL resources.
  • Close integration back to the mainframe with seamless and secure access to mainframe source code libraries, applications and data, enabling organizations to integrate testing with resources that continue to reside on the mainframe.
  • A proven test server engine that provides a high performance, robust execution environment for multi-region, multi-user testing.

Quick summary of IT company results

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

It’s been a busy few days of earnings results from IT bigwigs. Here’s a quick sum-up of the state of the IT industry:

Brisk days of results from Apple, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, RIM BlackBerry, Amazon, and IBMYahoo! did well with profits beating estimates – could it be because expectations were low?

Conversely, Apple didn’t do so good, missing analysts’ predictions for the first time in at least six years – but that’s probably because expectations were so high!

Google’s doing real well with sales and profit beating estimates – from search advertising growth as usual.

Microsoft is patting itself on its back – for not having bought Yahoo! back in 2008. And taking a swipe at Google’s Android – Steve Balmer says you need to be a computer scientist to use an Android smart phone, unlike Windows Phone 7.

RIM’s still trying to find its way forward by taking a step backward – trying to bridge new QNX with “old” BlackBerry OS 7 – hope that works out.

Amazon is being sued for screwing up the career of an actress by revealing her real age against her will in IMDb.

On the corporate IT front, industry bell weather IBM missed analysts’ estimates on slowing revenue growth at its software, hardware and services businesses.

IBM overtakes Microsoft in market capitalisation

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

For the first time in 15 years, since 1996, IBM has overtaken Microsoft in market value. It is now the second largest US tech company behind Apple, while Microsoft has dropped to third.

Only a year after Apple had surged past Microsoft in market value, IBM has also powered past Microsoft.

Market capitalisation of Apple, IBM and Microsoft over the past 20 years

Market capitalisation of Apple, IBM and Microsoft over the past 20 years

IBM had been the dominant company in the computer industry for decades until it selected Microsoft to supply the operating system for its personal computers in the eary 80s. Bill Gates managed to turn that opportunity into a dominance of the operating systems market.

Rank Company Market cap 

(billion)

1 Exxon Mobil $397.4
2 Apple $309.2
3 General Electric $205.6
4 IBM $203.8
5 Microsoft $203.7

At its zenith just before the turn of the millennium, Microsoft’s market capitalisation was three times that of IBM’s. It was also the biggest US company then. Now it is the third biggest technology company and fifth biggest US company.

Microsoft is facing challenges in many of its business sectors. Its dominance of the operating systems market, is being challenged by the advent of tablets and Google’s newly introduced Chrome OS, while it has lost its market share in the smartphone market to RIM’s BlackBerry devices, Apple’s iPhones and recently Android based phones.

Microsoft’s decline since 2000 coincides with the burst of the Internet technology bubble and the tenure of Bill Gates’ successor Steve Ballmer as the CEO.

IBM, on the other hand, has reinvented itself from being a predominantly hardware manufacturer into a specialist in enterprise software, servers and consulting. It has even offloaded its PC business to Lenovo in 2002.

Bill Rigby of Reuters observes that “an investor putting $100,000 into both stocks 10 years ago would now have about $143,000 in IBM stock and about $69,000 in Microsoft stock.”