Category: Technology

Hitachi dumps mainframe business for IBM z Systems

A year ago a lot of sites were running hot on rumours of IBM selling its mainframe z Systems business to Hitachi. The problem was a lack of substance and the fact that IBM was pushing z Systems very hard. The rumours have now been not only put to bed but embarrassingly for some, completed…

C-Suite execs warm to blockchain investment

In a survey of 3,000 executives conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) about their blockchain intentions, one-third are or intend to use blockchain in their business. Eight in ten of those invest to: respond to financial pressures in their industry develop entirely new business models. The study bases its findings on interviews…

IBM nurtures its blockchain ecosystem

IBM is nurturing its blockchain ecosystem with the IBM Blockchain Founder Accelerator (BFA). This aims to help enterprises, and their developers, bring blockchain solutions into production faster. IBM will select eight new blockchain network founders to join this fee-based accelerator. Those chosen will come from banking, logistics, manufacturing and retail. The BFA offers expertise and…

SAP unveils Cloud Platform Blockchain service

SAP unveiled its Cloud Platform Blockchain service. This enables swift setup and management of blockchain nodes which will assist enterprises to start with an example application. The intention is that those enterprises be able to assess the potential of blockchain technology. Enterprises start by registering their willingness to collaborate with SAP and build jointly their…

Want to move 100PB+ from your data centre into the cloud?

DigitalGlobe collects imagery of the Earth from its QuickBird satellites (first launched in 2001). Since then new satellites have added capacity and improved resolution. The total data being stored is reaching 100PB. In the past 17 years, DigitalGlobe has collected more than 7 million square kilometres of imagery. Some images can be as large as 30GB. The total…

“Loneliness in older adults has been described as ‘your world dying before you do'”

The IBM Institute of Business Value (IBV) has published a fascinating report:: “Loneliness and the aging population – how businesses and governments can address a looming crisis“. It is recommended reading, irrespective of the conclusions, for its ability to eye open. Its publication follows on from the United Nations’ expectation that, by 2050: Japan and Germany…

Enterprise Insurance: hiding the value behind the bland

In its latest Report on the insurance industry (Insurance 2025: Reducing Risk in an Uncertain Future) IBM’s Institute of Business Value manages to hide its value behind bland recommendations. For example, try these four critical “no-regret moves” for management tedium: “Build a war chest by embracing cannibalization: As products move to “as-a-service” models, deconstructing and…

IFS goes rat catching

IFS has announced that it has helped Anticimex integrate its IoT sensors into IFS applications to deliver business value. Many companies are now piloting IoT systems and Anticimex has delivered an impressive level of integration using the IFS IoT Business Connector. More and more traps are installed and working in Finland with the IoT solution. Anticimex intends…

Apttus shows off AI to the Max

The keynote at Aptttus Accelerate was gate crashed by Max, the Aptttus virtual assistant.  While it is still tagged by the organisation as “the world’s first and only Quote-to-Cash virtual assistant” it became clear that it can become far more than that. Most technical demonstrations at industry events are risky. People often find it challenging to…

IBM Watson combines with Apttus

During the main keynote at Apttus Accelerate there was an announcement that appeared to have barely registered to an audience that had been dwindling due to the heat of the day. Derek Schoettle, General Manager of the IBM Watson Data Platform announced that Apttus CPQ has been integrated into IBM Watson to deliver cognitive pricing.…