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IT Highlights: Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO)’s Open Modular Solution, Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ)’s Smartphone Strategy, International Business Machines Corp. (IBM)’s New Acquisition

Editor’s Note: Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK)

Cisco to showcase an open modular solution for RDK (CIOL)
At IBC 2013, Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) said it will showcase its Cisco Videoscape software solution on RDK, including implementation of 4K Ultra HD content on the RDK. The Reference Design Kit (RDK) is a pre-integrated software bundle developed and licensed to create a common framework for powering IP or hybrid set-top boxes and gateway devices for CE manufacturers, SoC vendors and other software developers, system integrators, and TV service providers. The RDK was developed to accelerate the deployment of next-generation video services and prevent software fragmentation by providing speed-to-market, collaboration and standardization. Supported by more than 100 licensees, RDK Management, LLC was formed as a joint venture between Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable.”

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HP Smartphone Strategy to Begin With Windows Phone 8 (Gotta Be Mobile)
After having exited the smartphone market when it had shut down the webOS line that it had acquired along with Palm, Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) is looking to re-enter the mobile space with a new smartphone, but this time with the Windows Phone 8 operating system. Rumors of HP launching a new phone with Windows Phone comes just after Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) had acquired smartphone-maker Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK). “The U.S. company does not want to put…on Android, but apparently wants to use its close ties to the software giant Microsoft to bring a device with its mobile operating system Windows Phone 8 to the market,” according to leaks published on German language publication Mobile Geeks.

IBM Completes Acquisition of CSL International (
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) announced it has completed the acquisition of CSL International, a provider of virtualization management technology for IBM’s zEnterprise System. CSL International was a privately held company headquartered in Herzliya Pituach, Israel. Financial terms were not disclosed. According to a release, the acquisition deepens the consolidation and cloud capabilities of IBM zEnterprise technology by offering simplified set up and management of the virtualization environment. CSL International’s CSL-WAVE software enables clients to monitor and manage their z/VM and Linux on System z environments using a drag and drop interface. The software will become part of the International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) zEnterprise portfolio in early 2014.

Cisco appoints new general manager for East Africa (HumanIPO)
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) has appointed Sabrina Dar as its new general manager for East Africa, based out of Nairobi, Kenya. Dar will report directly to David Meads, vice president for Cisco Africa, and oversee operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia. “Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) is committed to align with the national agendas for broadband acceleration by supporting both the public sector through this transformation and East African organizations to thrive in the new digital environment,” Dar said. “I am delighted to be leading this dynamic, innovative region and with our partners take our focus and investment to the next level.

HP claims success against counterfeit ( – The Nation Newspaper)
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) announced the seizure of 190 counterfeit supplies in Colombo in Sri Lanka. This seizure was conducted by local police teams in Colombo recently. The authorities seized 116 counterfeit ink cartridges and 74 counterfeit toner cartridges. Four individuals were arrested and will be subject to criminal prosecution. HP cooperated with local law enforcement to make this action possible. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) vigorously defends its brand and intellectual property for original HP supplies by engaging in industry-leading anti-counterfeiting practices to combat the fraudulent manufacture, distribution and sale of counterfeit HP supplies products.

IBM Sells Off BPO Services Biz To Synnex For $505 Million (IT Jungle)
Specifically, International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) sold off its business process outsourcing services business to a company called Concentrix, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Synnex. According to Synnex, this business generates more than $1.2 billion providing customer care/CRM services to around 170 clients worldwide. Those customer care services are available in 40 languages and through 40 delivery centers on six continents. This CRM/BPO business represents about a $55 billion market, so this is but a tiny slice of the pie, but one that Synnex is eager to own. The addition of International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)’s CRM/BPO business to the existing one at Concentrix will push up the latter to being a top 10 provider, with over 45,000 employees operating in 50 centers around the globe with around 300 customers.

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