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Blockchain is coming to telecoms

Japanese technology giant SoftBank is partnering with US telco Sprint and software company TBCASoft to develop a blockchain solution for telecommunication carriers. The three companies will collaborate on research and development. The results will see TBCASoft, a new start-up business, develop a cross-carrier blockchain platform. The press release is light on detail around the platform. This…

Chubb calls in IBM for Cloud and security

  Insurance company Chubb has signed a multi-year services agreement with IBM. That agreement will see IBM deliver cloud services, storage and cybersecurity protection for Chubb. According to Philip Guido, General Manager, IBM Global Technology Services, North America: “This agreement demonstrates how global organizations are utilizing hybrid cloud environments to quickly integrate business-critical data and…

Private Equity gets Blockchain technology

Northern Trust and IBM have announced the first commercial deployment of blockchain technology for the private equity market. The goal is to increase security and transparency of asset management and trading. The solution was jointly developed by Northern Trust and IBM using the open source Hyperledger Fabric. It is deployed by Unigestion who are based in Geneva, Switzerland.…

Watson masters the mainframe

IBM has announced IBM Machine Learning for the private cloud. It is designed to speed up the creating, training and deployment of analytics models. IBM claims that data scientists: “might spend days or weeks developing, testing and retooling even a single analytic model one step at a time.” To make this possible, IBM extracted the core…

The elephant climbs on IBM Storage

IBM and Hortonworks have announced the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) on IBM Elastic Storage (ESS) and IBM Spectrum Scale. The announcement comes a week after a series of other updates to the IBM Spectrum and Cloud Object Storage product lines. It sees HDP being certified on IBM Spectrum Scale on both Power8 and x86. This…

Verisign sells threat intelligence unit to Accenture

Accenture is to acquire the iDefense Security Intelligence Services business from Verisign. This deal will strengthen Accenture’s Cyber Defense Services division. It adds threat intelligence that Accenture will embed into services it manages for client. This will be easier than it sounds as iDefense already has its own APIs. It also has its own analysis…

Blockchain used for import/export in Dubai

IBM has announced a collaboration with Dubai Customs and Dubai Trade as part of the Dubai government blockchain strategy. IBM will also work with several banks, shipping companies and airlines. It is aimed at delivering real-time data on the flow of goods in and out of Dubai. This deal aims to improve customs control, reduce theft and…

Parallel data processing at Jet speed

Hazelcast has just upped the ante for in-memory databases as it announces the release of Jet. It describes Jet as a parallel, streaming engine and a distributed processing engine for big data streams. Jet will sit on Hazelcast’s in-memory data grid (IMDG) which will provide the underlying storage functionality. What will be of interest to…

Can Watson uncover tax savings?

H&R Block is delivering a new solution to its tax professionals underpinned by IBM Watson. H&R Block believes that Watson can help both its own staff and customer negotiate the complexities of US tax law. It also believes it will help: “clients better understand how different filing options can impact their tax outcome.” According to…

Oracle expands startup accelerator program

Oracle has announced that it will extend its startup accelerator program to seven more cities. It has added Bristol, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Paris, São Paulo, Singapore and Tel Aviv to the existing centre in Bangalore. The obvious omission from this list is a city in the USA. This is surprising as Oracle has already given its…