IGNOU inks MoU with IBM India to reform IT education

Kochi, July 12 : The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), The Advanced Center for Informatics and Innovative Learning (ACIIL) and IBM India have signed an MoU that would re-invent IT education in the country.

As a part of the MoU, IGNOU and IBM India would partner each other skills to students on IT standards in emerging verticals like healthcare, financial services and retail that have a significant growth potential, in addition to providing open source software skills and open standards, with live projects.

IBM to invest $100 million on research effort

IBMIBM, a leading multinational computer technology and consulting corporation has unveiled its plans to pump $100 million over the next five years into a major research effort in mobile communications.

IBM authorities stated in a communiqué that they are investing in order to create technology that will offer simple, easy-to-use services to the millions of people who have used their mobile devices for managing large forces of enterprise field workers, conducting financial transactions, entertainment and shopping.

IBM's next frontier for computing: TV game shows

IBM's next frontier for computing: TV game shows San Francisco - Technology giant IBM on Monday announced its next frontier in the unending quest to make computers more intelligent - it has invented a computer that it believes can compete with humans on the popular US television quiz show Jeopardy. Code-named Watson, IBM's Question Answering system has been in development for two years and is built to comprehend and respond to a large range of complex questions covering a range of subjects, including history, politics, film, and pop culture.

Sun balks at IBM takeover price, conditions; IBM retracts offer

Sun balks at IBM takeover price, conditions; IBM retracts offer New York - IBM's takeover bid for Sun Microsystems collapsed over the weekend on disagreements over price and conditions of the deal, Bloomberg financial news agency reported Monday.

After Sun's board broke off the talks, IBM withdrew its offer, according to an unnamed person close to the deal cited by Bloomberg.

Sun balked not only over the price, but also over the absence of guarantees that the deal would go forward even if there were delays such as an antitrust review, the source said.

IBM lowers Sun bid

Sun MicrosystemsSan Francisco  - Business technology giant IBM has lowered its bid for server and software company Sun Microsystems by about 10 per cent in return for a guarantee that it will pursue the deal even in the face of regulatory challenges, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

According to the report, IBM now proposes paying 9 dollars to 10 dollars per share for Sun, compared to 10 dollars to 11 dollars per share when the negotiations were first reported some two weeks ago.

Report: IBM in talks to buy Sun Microsystems

Report: IBM in talks to buy Sun Microsystems San Francisco  - Technology giant IBM is in talks to buy rival Sun Microsystems for 6.5 billion dollars, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The deal would represent the largest purchase ever by IBM and signal the company's determination to maintain a strong presence in the market for servers in the face of challenges from HP, Dell and Cisco.

New Browsing Protocol ‘HSTP’ By IBM Lets Users To Talk To Web

New Browsing Protocol ‘HSTP’ By IBM Lets Users To Talk To WebInternational Business Machine (IBM) has developed a new internet browsing technology that permits users to speak to the web and create voice-enabled websites with the help of cellular phones.

IBM’s India development team developed the Telecom Web Browser with the help of a new internet protocol called Hyper Speech Transfer Protocol (HSTP) analogous to HTTP.

HSTP offers a mechanism to join telephony voice applications with one another. Moreover, the new protocol intends to provide a communication bridge between the web and voice.

IBM and Amazon to provide pay-as-you-go access to development and production versions

IBM and Amazon to provide pay-as-you-go access to development and production versions The development and production versions of IBM Information Management database servers, IBM Lotus content management, and IBM WebSphere portal and middleware products would now be getting pay-as-you-go access by IBM and Amazon.

IBM to offer jobs to laid-off staff in developing countries

IBM to offer jobs to laid-off staff in developing countries Leading blue chip firm, IBM has made an offer to its retrenched workers in US and Canada to serve in developing markets such as India, China, Nigeria and Brazil. The company is also reported to be in favor of shifting its North American employees to Eastern Europe, sensing some better environment in these regions as compared to slowdown hit North American region.

IBM computer will have power of 2 million laptops

IBM computer will have power of 2 million laptopsIBM has recently announced an even speedier supercomputer, just after seven months it came out with world's fastest supercomputer. The new one however is being learnt to have computing power of 2 million laptops.

On Tuesday, IBM informed that it is working to come up with technology for its new Sequoia computer, with delivery scheduled in 2011 to the Department of Energy for use at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Apple's Papermaster files countersuit against IBM

Apple's iPhoneA countersuit has been filed by Apple's iPhone man-in-waiting, Mark Papermaster, against his former employer, in a dispute over a non-compete agreement.

On late Thursday, the court documents were filed in federal court in New York, which claimed that since the two companies are not competitors in the arena where Papermaster will be employed, IBM's non-compete agreement with Papermaster shouldn't apply to his potential employment at Apple.

Blue scholar program by IBM

Blue scholar program by IBMIBM has launched a program which aims at sponsoring talented engineering students from various leading technical institutes of India. The program also aims at encouraging further researchers in the region. 

"The IBM Blue Scholar Program is aimed at growing that rare talent that blooms in a scientifically challenging atmosphere," said Dr. Manish Gupta, associate director, IBM India Research Laboratory.

IBM To Expand Its Cloud Computing Efforts

IBM To Expand Its Cloud Computing EffortsLeading multi-national computer technology IBM has joined the list of companies jostling for position in the cloud computing space. For this purpose, the company would invest $2 billion in India over the next three years.

According to multi-national computer technology, with the proliferation of the mobile Web, the average individual's "information footprint" - the digitization of entertainment, healthcare, security, social networking, retail preferences - will grow from 1 TB (about 50,000 trees cut and printed) per year to more than 16 TB by 2020.

IBM releases solutions to rein data overflow

IBM releases solutions to rein data overflow An array of about 40 solutions were released today by IBM, taking off from the global concern of skyrocketing data volumes, the perennial lack of physical storage spaces and being sensitive about carbon footprints. These solutions will aim at tackling this data overflow using technologies, which are 'disruptive' in nature. 

IBM brought into the light the IBM XIV system, which is a highly scalable disk storage system optimized to handle content from Web 2.0 applications to traditional applications such as financial services. 

Bharti Airtel offers another Six-Year Contract to IBM’s unit

Bharti Airtel gives another Six-Year Contract to IBM’s unitBharti Airtel, India’s biggest mobile phone company by customers,, has announced a strategic outsourcing agreement with IBM to further enhance its customer service experience for its top end Platinum customers through process and technology innovation.

Under the six-year contract, IBM's managed business services unit IBM Daksh will provide voice and back-office services including customer service, collections, and customer retention from its centers.

IBM to develop Supercomputer in combined effort with University of Toronto

IBM to develop Supercomputer in combined effort with University of TorontoTechnology is advancing at a fast pace with SuperComputers having processing speed of billions of instructions per second. It won’t be wrong to say that our lives today are really dependent on it. Computers have come as a boon for the mankind and have made communication, data sharing and collective working much easier. Starting from really basic configuration, the computers today have reached to unbelievable advanced levels.

IBM launches Project Big Green 2.0 in India

IBM announced the launch of the second phase of Project Big Green (PBG 2.0) in India. It is aimed to develop and encourage enterprises to use green technology infrastructure. IBM has also introduced new modular data centers to cut energy consumption by 50 per cent. These data centers include Portable Modular Data Center Data Center (PMDC), Enterprise Modular Data Center (EMDC), and High Density Zone (HDZ).  

IBM profit rises on strong global sales

IBM profit rises on strong global salesNew York  - Technology colossus IBM reported second quarter income of 2.77 billion dollars Thursday, up 22 per cent over the year ago quarter on strong global growth in sales of services, hardware and software.

Revenue rose 13 per cent to 26.8 billion dollar, with 7 per cent of that growth stemming from currency gains caused by the record weakness of the US dollar.

IBM India Lab Develops ‘Next Generation Solution’ For Call Centres

The researchers at the Indian lab of IBM developed a ‘next generation solution’ in order to defend against theft of crucial information from call centres without interrupting customer service or business functioning.

The company has also decided to use this capability in its private call centre processes to further secure data for its services clients throughout the world.
Guruduth Banavar, IBM India Research Laboratory Director, stated, “We have developed a solution that offers advanced data masking technology, which is a speech analytics tool that detects and masks private and sensitive information, both audio and onscreen without disrupting customer services or business operations.”

KaROX Technologies partners with IBM, CompTIA

KaROX Technologies Limited, one of leader in high-end technology trainer in India, has tied up with IBM, CompTIA to develop talent pool for Global requirements of IT professionals.

As part of the agreement, kaROX will offer training programs on IBM's latest software technologies like TIVOLl, COGNOS, WEBSPHERE, LOTUS NOTES and IBM SOFTWARE TESTING in the Software and Infrastructure Management space, across karROX's select IT education centers in India.

Further, KarROX will provide training on IBM's authorized curriculum and enable IBM's certification for students aspiring to build careers as software professionals and system engineers.

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