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Since the global financial crisis, sluggish economic growth, stricter regulatory requirements and rapidly changing consumer behavior have placed unprecedented demands on the global banking industry. Banks in both emerging and developed economies have an opportunity to manage enormous capital growth and wealth creation. To regain customer confidence and earn their slice of the increasingly competitive market, banks must transform themselves - Big Data and analytics technologies as well as cloud computing are presenting unique opportunities to do just that, enabling banks to leapfrog the competition.
Known to many as the IBM innovation that beat Jeopardy!'s all-time champions, Watson is truly at the forefront of cognitive computing, Big Data and analytics technology. Using advances in natural language processing and analytics, Watson has a unique ability to understand the subtle nuances of human language, sift through vast amounts of Big Data, and provide evidence-based answers to its human users' questions. By processing information in a way that is similar to how people think, Watson represents a significant shift in system architecture and the ability for organizations to quickly analyze, understand and respond to Big Data.
Mobile computing is at a turning point. This is now the second wave of the mobile revolution: the business of mobile. Just as the Internet transformed industries like banking, travel and healthcare – so too will mobile. In fact, over the next three to five years, the most cutting edge advances in mobile will not be in device itself, but instead what is done with it.
Since beginning work with clients and partners around cloud computing in 2007, IBM has been focused squarely on marking the model viable for enterprise and government clients -- clients that cannot compromise on security, compliance and availability. IBM's strategy for cloud is clear: We will build clouds for enterprise clients. We will provide cloud services where there are gaps we can fill. And we will collaborate with clients to create new opportunities to reach more of the market or extend their services leveraging cloud delivery.
For the first time, IBM will make its Watson technology available as a development platform in the cloud, for a worldwide community of software application providers to build a new generation of apps infused with Watson's cognitive computing intelligence. The move aims to spur innovation and fuel a new ecosystem of entrepreneurial software application providers – ranging from start-ups and emerging, venture capital backed businesses to established players. Together with IBM, these partners share a vision for creating a new class of cognitive applications that transform how businesses and consumers make decisions.
Today's Smarter Planet is driving great opportunity for businesses around the globe.; By 2015, it's estimated that there will be one trillion connected devices, many of which will be instrumented with real-time capabilities to respond quickly and accurately to the environment. However, as the planet becomes increasingly interconnected, intelligent and instrumented, it is also creating emerging security vulnerabilities that organizations need to address.; IBM Security Solutions draws on the company's 40-years of deep security expertise in vertical industries, research, products, services, consulting and global business partners to deliver end-to-end security. IBM has nine worldwide research labs innovating security technology and nine security operations centers around the world to help global clients maintain the appropriate security posture.</p>
IBM is actively expanding its operations across Africa as part of the company's continued geographic expansion initiative of an increase its presence in key growth markets and support its global growth strategy.
More than half of the people on Earth live in cities, and urban populations are projected to double by mid-century. IBM is helping cities around the world tackle serious urban issues and improve the quality of life of their citizens.
Each day we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data from a variety of sources -- from climate information, to posts on social media sites, and purchase transaction records to medical images. This data is Big Data and has become a big deal. At IBM we believe that Big Data and analytics is a catalyst to help clients become more competitive and grow their business. IBM is helping clients harness Big Data to gather insights and act on the insights to transform their business.
As the Big Data, social, mobile and cloud continue to redefine the way people create, consume and share information, ironically the computer systems behind the scenes have changed very little over the last half century. The overloaded banks of spinning hard drives and tape drives that store and manage all of this data will ultimately hit a brick wall – slowing, if not stopping outright, access to our personal and business information. Enter Software Defined Storage. Software Defined Storage is a set of software capabilities that automatically manage data locally and globally, providing breakthrough speed in data access, easier administration and the ability to scale technology infrastructures quickly and more cost-effectively as data volumes expand.
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Social Business is a smarter approach to the “people-centric” processes of business. Social Business means connecting networks of customers, partners, and employees, using analytics to derive insights from those connections, and using those insights to improve business functions. It's an organization that uses social networking tools fluently to communicate with people inside and outside the company. It's a strategic approach to shaping a business culture, highly dependent upon executive leadership and corporate strategy, including business process design, risk management, leadership development, financial controls and use of business analytics. Becoming a Social Business can help an organization deepen customer relationships, generate new ideas faster, identify expertise and enable a more effective workforce.
The IBM Power Systems family is comprised of a comprehensive series of servers, systems software and solutions featuring the latest IBM POWER7+ processor technology. Designed as the ultimate system for compute intensive workloads and ideally suited for big data and business analytics as well as cloud environments, Power provides capabilities to gain real time business insight and competitive advantage within a secure, flexible and scalable environment.
Imagine a technology that works so well, you never even know you’re using it. A“behind the scenes” technology remains just as relevant and crucial to everyday operations today as it was 50 years ago: the mainframe computer. From the ATM to the doctor’s office to the traffic light grid to the police department, the mainframe has been and remains one of the most important technological innovations with an impact that reaches almost every aspect of everyday life. While the average consumer doesn’t physically see or touch a mainframe like they do a tablet or mobile device, the technology that sparked a revolution in computing and business that still impacts consumers on a daily basis.
Figuring prominently in IBM's philanthropic portfolio is the support given to the education community, from kindergarten all the way through college, as well as to not-for-profits involved that support non-traditional students. To that end, IBM supports improved career and technical education, particularly for the topics of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), subjects that contribute to societal improvement and economic development.
IBM inventors received a record 6,809 patents in 2013 for inventions that are expected enable significant innovations that will position IBM to compete and lead in strategic areas, such as IBM Watson, cloud computing, Big Data analytics – and advance the new era of cognitive systems where machines will learn, reason and interact with people in more natural ways.
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The growing prevalence of chronic diseases and aging populations around the globe are placing a heavy burden on health systems. It’s no wonder that healthcare costs continue to rise rapidly and relentlessly worldwide. Increasingly healthcare is turning to digital information and electronic resources to enable greater access to care, to improve quality and reduce costs.
IBM today announced the zEnterprise mainframe server and a new systems design that allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7 and System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system. The new mainframe is also the most powerful and energy-efficient mainframe ever. The new systems design combines IBM's new zEnterprise mainframe server with new technology--the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension and the IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager--that enable it to manage workloads running across System z, and select POWER7 and System x servers. The new technology is the result of an investment of more than $1.5 billion in IBM research and development as well as more than three years of collaboration with some of IBM's top clients around the world.
At the 2014 PartnerWorld Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, IBM announced new development capabilities, programs, education, and offerings to help Business Partners capture opportunities driven by the strategic areas of cloud computing, big data and analytics, mobile computing, social business, Watson and security.