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ARMONK, N.Y. - 04 Jun 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM ) today announced new System z software to enable companies to drive down IT costs while increasing business flexibility and improving service. IBM announced it plans to release approximately 30 new software technology enhancements in 2009 that extend the advantages of using System z as a platform for developing, deploying and running today's applications and business data.
The announcement is part of IBM's ongoing pursuit to help customers simplify their environment and reduce costs by migrating scattered applications and data onto a lower cost, more scalable and manageable platform.
The software initiative spans IBM's branded product lines for application architecture, development, and delivery; business intelligence and database management; transaction management and IT service management.
Market adoption of System z as a platform for new applications is demonstrated by the growth in ISV interest in the IBM mainframe. Over the last year, more than 150 new ISVs have embraced the platform, and more than 1,000 new vendor applications were added.
ISVs recently deploying applications on System z include SAP, Chordiant, Temenos, i-flex, ACI, and Norkom.
"In the last year, Chordiant has added System z (both z/OS and Linux) support for each of our main platforms by making our call center platform Chordiant Foundation Server and our intelligent dialog decisioning platform Chordiant Decision Management now available on the IBM mainframe," said Marchai Bruchey, vice president and chief marketing officer at Chordiant Software. "We're experiencing a significant pipeline interest from our customers to add front-office, customer interaction workloads on to System z."
IBM today announced 10 of the 30 software products and enhancements for System z.
For application architecture, development, and delivery:
For business intelligence and new database technology, recently announced and future IBM software products include:
For transaction management, recently announced IBM software products include:
For IT Service Management:
Customers and ISVs continue to embrace System z
"Temenos sees the System z market as a major growth opportunity. Temenos Core Banking, targeted at large domestic retail operations with a SOA roadmap looking to gradually replace key 'banking enterprise services', running on WebSphere on zOS fully exploits the specialty engine architecture of System z," said Greg Green, senior vice president of Core Banking at Temenos. "In addition, T24 our flagship universal banking platform with unparalleled breadth of functionality, running on Linux and using DB2 for zOS, gives the bank extreme flexibility on a modern architecture."
For customers in the banking sector, IBM and SAP offer a reference architecture for running for SAP Solutions on System z with IBM's WebSphere, Tivoli, and Information Management products. Customers can download the guidelines on how to optimize SAP on System z based on real-world experiences gained at large-scale SAP implementations at major banks worldwide.
On May 27, IBM and University of North Carolina Health Care (UNCHC) announced their use of a data warehouse -- built on the IBM Health Integration Framework with InfoSphere and WebSphere software running on System z mainframe and System p computers -- to speed the development of new treatments for diseases such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis and cancer.
Recent IBM System z wins include 40 competitive accounts and System z adoption around the world, such as HDFC Bank in India, Russian Railways, Travelport, Donovan Data Systems (UK), Handelsbanken (Sweden), Daishi Bank (Japan), Sun Life Financial (Canada), Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia, among others.
In the US, Verizon Communications Inc., a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers, is leveraging its Information Management Software on System z to execute 2.25 billion of transactions per month to support business growth.
In addition to customer adoption of System z, 600 schools worldwide have now joined IBM to offer coursework in the IBM System z enterprise servers. IBM has helped connect businesses that use mainframes with professors who teach the technology. Students learning IBM enterprise systems have secured opportunities with leading banks, such as Citigroup. Since 2004, more than 50,000 students have participated in mainframe education.
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