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Bombardier Selects IBM Services And Cloud

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Bombardier is extending its long-term partnership with IBM through a new six-year deal valued at approximately $700 million, which includes IBM Services and IBM Cloud management of Bombardier’s worldwide IT infrastructure and operations.

The services management agreement spans 47 countries and represents one of IBM’s largest cloud partnerships in Canada.

“As part of our turnaround plan, Bombardier is working to improve productivity, reduce costs and grow earnings. This IT transformation initiative will help us better integrate globally to create a best-in-class IT organization,” said Sean Terriah, Chief Information Officer, Aerospace and Corporate Office, Bombardier. “With IBM, we will transform our service delivery model to focus on our core competencies, and leverage the best practices of our strategic partner across our infrastructure and operations.”

“Bombardier’s global decision to extend its existing partnership with IBM and move to IBM Cloud is recognition of our broad expertise and experience helping our clients transform the business of IT to be more competitive, agile and secure through cloud computing and industry services best-practices,” said Martin Jetter, senior vice-president, IBM Global Technology Services. “We look forward to further developing our relationship with Bombardier and working with the talented team there.”

IBM Watson, which is available only on the IBM Cloud, provides enterprise-grade machine learning, artificial intelligence and cognitive technologies to better support agile decision-making for enterprise clients who need to quickly glean insights from their data – 80 per cent of which is not accessible through search.

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May 17, 2017 at 9:06 am

Live @ IBM Pulse 2013: A Q&A With IBM Tivoli GM Deepak Advani

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Deepak Advani, IBM Tivoli GM

Turbo sat down for a chat with IBM Tivoli general manager Deepak Advani earlier this week, discussing a range of topics relevant to to the broader smarter infrastructure management discussion taking place at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas this week.

This week at IBM Pulse 2013, I had the opportunity to sit down with IBM Tivoli general manager, Deepak Advani.

Deepak has served in a variety of executive capacities at IBM during the course of his career, including most recently as the Vice President of IBM’s Business Analytics organization. He was also instrumental in the development and growth of IBM’s Linux portfolio, and later served e1as the Chief Marketing Officer for Lenovo.

Our chat ranged across a variety of topics relevant to the conference and the broad opportunity presented by more effective infrastructure and asset management and utilization. Deepak recapped some of the key themes he presented to the audience of 8,000+ attendees, spoke of the challenges the world’s largest organizations face with respect to their IT operations, and explained how more effective visibility, control and automation of their systems can help turn opportunities into business outcomes.

A Deal In Cement

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IBM is partnering with global building materials company, CEMEX, to deliver business process and information technology services over a 10-year period.

CEMEX provides high-quality products and reliable service to customers and communities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through its efforts to pursue innovative industry solutions and efficiency advancements and to promote a sustainable future.

This agreement is expected to generate CEMEX savings of close to US$1 billion during the life of the contract. Additionally, it will improve the quality of the services provided to CEMEX; enhance business agility and scalability; maximize internal efficiencies; and allow the company to better serve its customers.

The 10-year services contract awarded to IBM is worth just over US$1 billion, and will include: finance and accounting, and human resource back-office services, as well as IT infrastructure, application development and maintenance services.

IBM currently delivers global scale, talent and technology based on business expertise and a global network of more than 70 Service Delivery Centers and more than 400 Data Centers, in 170 countries covering more than 40 languages.

To learn more about CEMEX, go here, and here to learn more about IBM’s services capabilities.

IBM’s Virtual Desktop

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Happy Monday.

I never published my picks for this week’s AFC and NFC championship games for the NFL, but I’m going to tell you them after the fact, and just to prove what an Honest Abe I am, I’m going to tell you the good and the bad.

First, I picked Green Bay over the Bears.  Chicago, you’re a wonderful city, if cold this time of year, but I just figured Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers had the mo going into this game, and I was right.

However, I don’t agree that quickly replacing 2nd stringer Collins with Hanie was a bad idea, as Collins wasn’t getting it done, Cutler was already out, and Hanie went on to complete 13 of 20 passes for 153 yards AND lead two scoring drives.

As for the Jets and the Steelers, well, I had that one all wrong.  But then again, the Jets that showed up in ‘Burgh country were not the same team I saw beat up on the New England Patriots last week.  I don’t know what happened to that team, but my cheer for “Jets, Jets, Jets” was transformed into “Crash, Crash, Crash” to my friends on Facebook.

So, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers will play Superbowl XLV at Jerry’s House in Dallas.  Looking forward to it (and, as always, to the TV commercials, silly though many of them will likely be).

Now, back to business.  IBM made an announcement today worthy of a few pixels when we announced the Virtual Desktop for Smart Business, a new mobility offering that provides anytime, anywhere access to personal desktops from mobile devices (including tablets, netbooks, laptops, and thin clients).

This new IBM Virtual Desktop lets Windows or Linux desktops be hosted and managed centrally, which as most IT administrators would concede, can help lower the cost and complexity of managing PC environments as they deploy new apps and automagic software updates (and, in turn, help reduce help desk requests).

The new solution is flexible, in that the Virtual Desktop for Smart Business can be deployed on a customer’s own infrastructure or through an IBM Business Partner’s “private cloud” hosted environment.

IBM Virtual Desktop: Self-Configuring, -Healing, and -Protecting

The IBM Virtual Desktop has self-configuring, self-managing and self-protecting features that enable easy installation and management, plus continuous backup and recovery.

“IBM continues to tackle the needs of smaller companies with powerful solutions that are easy to install, easy to manage and priced right,” said Ken Espiau, Operations Director, Northcom Technologies, an IBM Business Partner. “With IBM’s Virtual Desktop offering, there’s only one console, one system and one implementation to make managing desktops much easier. Our clients can realize benefits of cost savings from the desktop of up to 40% while we’re able to gain a recurring revenue stream on back end management.”

The solution is offered as a pre-integrated, ready-to-run software package priced at $150 per user per year for a one year contract.

IBM Virtual Desktop will be delivered through IBM Business Partners who will provide local consulting, networking and software infrastructure skills to ensure smooth installation. An early adopter program drew strong channel interest with well over 100 IBM Business Partners actively providing feedback and preparing to use the program to tap into the growing demand for desktop virtualization solutions.

IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business is available today in North America, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Poland (although the $150/user cost is subject to pricing variance local market depending).

IBM plans to make the offering available in China, India, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand at the end of the first quarter of 2011.

IBM Business Partners can take advantage of Virtual Desktop training and sales enablement resources here to get started providing solution bundles with System x server and storage configurations.

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January 25, 2011 at 12:18 am

IBM and NFL

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My Dallas Cowboys looked pretty shaky there in Kansas City yesterday. All I can say is God Bless the emergence of Miles Austin!

I had to watch the game on my Time Warner DVR in fast forward mode, because I was too firmly ensconced in my viewing of the President’s Cup to watch the game live (just so you know how my sports priorities ranked yesterday).

When I did finally turn on the Cowboys/Chiefs game, I thought I’d gone into another universe when I saw the Chief’s “Dallas Texans” uniform.

Huh?

I was a very wee lad when the Dallas Texans were sold off and the team moved to Kansas City in 1962 to become the Kansas City Chiefs (and the very same year the Dallas Cowboys franchise was started), something I had to go hunt down and learn via Wikipedia.

You learn something new every day!

On the topic of football, earlier today IBM announced a renewed marketing and services partnership with the NFL.

IBM has been a sponsor since 2003, and with this new agreement, IBM will continue to provide consulting expertise and IT solutions to the NFL to help them more efficiently manage their IT infrastructure and data storage.

The NFL is working to improve upon its current data center, and so IBM will help to reduce costs and energy consumption as it helps the NFL increase their power and cooling capacity.

Specifically, the first phase of this new agreement will include an initiative to shift the NFL’s IT Shared Services environment to a dynamic infrastructure by delivering a number of operational improvements.

IBM will provide design and construction services for an upgraded data center facility located in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, the services for which will allow the NFL to improve scalability and capacity while reducing their daily operating costs and improving their overall energy efficiency.

“With IBM’s help, our IT infrastructure can become more energy efficient, cost effective and adaptive with how we manage our IT services and data,” said Nancy Galietti, Vice President of Information Technology from the NFL. “IBM understands our needs from a business and IT perspective and we look forward to working together on this journey to deliver a dynamic infrastructure.”

As part of the initiative, the upgraded data center facility will create efficiencies and allow the NFL to take advantage of newer, faster and less expensive technologies. The upgraded facility will:

  • Improve resiliency by minimizing single points of failure
  • Add the capability to install high density computing and offer more computing power in less space.

IBM Vice President, Client Executive Marketing, Rick Singer said of the agreement, “The NFL is a great partner, and we believe that this initiative will enable their business growth. Our goal is to provide the NFL with opportunities to offer premium services to its business divisions and clients.”

In addition, IBM will deliver a plan to optimize the NFL’s storage environment that can reduce the overall cost of storage hardware through virtualized storage provisioning.

Are you ready for some football?

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October 12, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Wide Weekend of Sport

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It’s another Merger Monday.

Last Monday, it was Dell’s acquisition of Perot Systems.

Today, it’s Xerox’s $5.75B acquisition of business services provider Affiliated Computer Services.

According to The Wall Street Journal Interactive edition, the combined Xerox-ACS company would have $22B of annual revenue, $17B of which would be recurring revenue.

ACS has over 74,000 employees and derives a quarter of its revenue from the health care sector, including from both commercial and government contracts.

Now that we’ve got Merger Monday’s tidings out of the way, if I could just do a quick recap of the weekend in sports:

The Texas Longhorns won (Yay!), the Houston Astros lost (Boo!), the New York Yankees clinched the AL East (Yay!), and Tiger Woods…surprise surprise…won the FedEx Cup…although his Sunday showing at East Lake wasn’t exactly inspired (and yet he still took second place to winner Phil Mickelson at the Tour Championship).

And lest I forget, the Houston Cougars knocked the Big 12’s Texas Tech Red Raiders out, in Houston, in a last-ditch drive at the end of the game, now putting the Cougars in the Top 20 (12th, to be exact). So much for Texas Tech coach Mike Leach’s hurry up spread offense…it don’t seem to work too well when the Red Raiders are on the road this year.

I actually had bittersweet occasion to visit Houston over the weekend.  It was great to see some of my extended family, even under the circumstances.

It was also great to visit Minute Maid ballpark, where I had occasion to see the Houston Astros get trounced by the Cincinnati Reds, and also to play 18 holes at Hermann Park near downtown Houston (where I shot a stately 81, thank you very much).

My round of golf was an attempt to stave off my coming golf depression.  The 2009 PGA Tour season wound down with Tiger’s FedEx Cup win, and other than the coming President’s Cup, there’s not much competitive golf to look forward to until January.

Reruns of “The Big Break” could s00n be the golf order of the day.

Finally, winding down in the world of sport, my Dallas Cowboys meet the Carolina Panthers tonight at Jerry’s House in Arlington.

Hopefully we can all just now calm down and quit talking about and hyping the massive, gargantuan, gazillion-dollar, ego-driven, tax-abated new stadium, and whether or not a punt might hit the scoreboard! (heaven forbid)…and instead turn our attention to the game of American football.

I hope that’s especially the case for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

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September 28, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Dell and Perot, Cole and Drogba

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Monday mornings are never dull.

I awakened this am, still stinging from the defeat of my Dallas Cowboys in their new $1B+ home (“the palace in Dallas,” some are calling it, which would work great, except the stadium’s actually located in Arlington) by the New York Giants on a last play field goal, only to discover that Dell has announced its intent acquire IT services firm Perot Systems in a deal worth an estimated $3.9B.

According to a press release on the Dell web site, “the acquisition will result in a compelling combination of two iconic information-technology brands. The expanded Dell will be even better positioned for immediate and long-term growth and efficiency driven by:

  • Providing a broader range of IT services and solutions and optimizing how they’re delivered;
  • Extending the reach of Perot Systems’ capabilities, including in the most dynamic customer segments, around the world; and,
  • Supplying leading Dell computer systems to even more Perot Systems customers.

The Wall Street Journal indicated the merged firm would have “$8B in services revenue” and would seek to “better position Dell among its more diversified rivals like HP.

Speaking of rivals, did anybody catch the Chelsea Blues 3-nil trouncing of the Tottenham Hotspurs (“Spurs”) yesterday morning (U.S. time) at Stamford Bridge?

I’m still convinced most Americans don’t know what they’re missing in not checking out more Premiere League soccer (read: futbol) action…I’m convinced it’s one of the best and most competitive sports leagues in the world…and with satellite and cable carrying so many of their games these days, it’s an excellent way to fill in the gaps in one’s sports calendars.

Anyhow, that first goal by Ashley Cole, in which Cole seemed to glide across the turf a few inches and head in a cross from Didier Drogba, was an absolute thing of beauty.

Of course, all this football talk is perhaps just me getting psyched up for next year’s World Cup in South Africa, fantasizing about being sent there to blog about how IBM can help build a smarter planet through World Cup soccer.

A man’s gotta have his dreams…including Michael Dell.

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September 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm

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