Rosetta Builds on Commerce Momentum as Platinum Sponsor at IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit (PR Newswire)
Rosetta, a leading customer engagement agency and independent brand in the Publicis Groupe, is building on its run of new Commerce assignments with the Platinum Sponsorship of the IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2013, which begins Tuesday, May 21 and runs through Thursday, May 23 in Nashville, TN. Rosetta, Publicis and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) recently expanded a 10+ year global partnership that capitalized on the global reach of the Publicis Groupe network to establish Rosetta as the agency best positioned to capture a major portion of the global commerce market. The agency has completed more than 100 commerce implementations and expects commerce-related revenues to top $100 million this year.
Former IBM boss Palmisano to probe Bloomberg privacy breach (Information Age)
News and financial information agency Bloomberg has appointed Sam Palmisano, former CEO of International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), to conduct an independent review of its privacy and data handling practices. The probe follows news that Bloomberg journalists accessed information about how certain clients, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) and Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS), used its paid-for financial data terminals while researching stories. The practice came to light after a Bloomberg journalist in Hong Kong asked Goldman Sachs why a certain executive had not logged into the terminal for a while. Co-founder and editor-in-chief Matt Winkler admitted that journalists have access to client log-in details as a way to find out what topics they were interested. “The error is inexcusable,” he wrote.
COBOL gets a web-friendly facelift on IBM mainframes (ZDNet)
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) has overhauled how the 50-year-old programming language COBOL runs on its System z mainframes to give COBOL apps a web-friendly facelift. Despite COBOL’s age IBM estimates that more than 200 billion lines of COBOL code are still being used across industries such as banking, insurance and retail. IBM is attempting to streamline development of COBOL apps for its System z mainframes with the latest release of IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, its COBOL compiler for z/OS. COBOL apps using the compiler should see improved performance, with IBM claiming that in testing some applications’ performance increased by 10 to 20 percent.
DOST Strengthens R&D Capabilities with IBM Supercomputer (PC Advisor)
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the University of the Philippines (UP) and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) have announced that the world-renowned IBM Blue Gene supercomputer has been chosen to support the Philippine government’s priority R&D projects focused on reducing poverty, improving government processes and tools and enabling smarter weather management, as based on the National Economic Development Authority’s Medium Term Development Plan. A priority initiative around weather prediction will be the pilot project to use the IBM Blue Gene supercomputer as its platform.
IBM To Offer Partners Free Access To Online Marketing Applications (CRN.in)
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) will offer its channel partners one-year free use of the IBM Marketing Center, the company’s cloud software that combines online marketing capabilities and customer analytics. The offer will be announced at IBM’s Smarter Commerce Global Summit in Nashville, Tennessee. The company is hoping that in addition to helping partners be more effective in their marketing efforts, partners will become more familiar with the software-as-a-service products and sell them more proactively. “It’s a hot product for us. And now we are putting it in the hands of our business partners,” said Craig Hayman, General Manager, Industry Solutions, IBM.
IBM Adds Power7+ Servers To Long-Running Rebate Deals (IT Jungle)
With new Power7+ entry and midrange servers fully ramped and Big Blue well into its second quarter, it is time to add the new Power Systems machines to more deals, and that is precisely what International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) has done. In announcement letter 313-040, the Power 710+, Power 720+, Power 730+, and Power 740+ entry machines are now part of the Power Systems First-In-Location rebate offering, which gives customers a cash rebate if they are installing their first Power Systems machine along with pre-qualified application software from independent software vendors. Power 750+ and Power 760+ midrange boxes are also now eligible for the rebates. The First-In-Location rebates range from a low of $500 on small single-socket Power7 blade servers to a high of $140,000 on a loaded-up Power 795 big bad box.