• Charts: IBM's Software-Led Margin Expansion

    Many people still think of IBM as the company that sells Big Iron—mainframes and its enterprise server descendants. Of course, the engine of the company’s profits long ago shifted to consulting and software. In a financial slide presentation IBM released today to the SEC as an 8K document, however, you really get a sense of how much IBM has continued to shift its business… Read More

  • IBM Files Patent For Geek Couch Potato Dream: A TV Remote That Tweets

    Slouchers on Twitter (you know who you are), take note: IBM is apparently working on technology that would enable you to blog or tweet straight from the remote control of your TV. The company has filed a patent for said technology with the USPTO, reports BaltTech. The interesting part of the patent filing, which was submitted by IMB engineers last year but only surfaced online a few months… Read More

  • Monster Merger: IBM Buys SPSS For Approx. $1.2 Billion In Cash Deal

    IBM is buying analytics software and solutions provider SPSS in an all cash transaction at a price of $50/share – a 42 percent premium to Monday’s closing price of $35.09 on Nasdaq – resulting in a total cash consideration in the merger of approximately $1.2 billion. The acquisition is subject to SPSS shareholder approval, regulatory clearances and other closing conditions… Read More

  • Mobile Data: IBM Tags Wimbledon With Seer Android

    Some of the most promising set of mobile apps being built today use a cell phone’s camera and GPS to overlay data onto the real world. In other words, instead of looking at a browser, you look through the camera lens at the real world around you and information is layered on top of the view projected on the small screen. (It’s not just a viewfinder, you know). Last year at… Read More

  • IBM Unveils Real-Time Streaming In The Cloud

    Today, IBM rolled out the availability of its cloud computing software, called IBM System S, that enables massive amounts of data to be analyzed in real-time. System S is designed to help clients become more “real-world aware” by accessing live data and responding to changes across complex data systems. IBM, which is making System S available as a trial at no cost to help clients… Read More

  • Big Blue Acquires Data Discovery Software Provider Exeros

    IBM has acquired Exeros, a company that creates data discovery software, for an undisclosed amount. IBM says that Exeros’ technology will be used to strengthen IBM’s Business Analytics Optimization Consulting practice. Exeros’ software uncovers hidden relationships between databases, helping users make sense of different data sources quickly and efficiently. For example… Read More

  • Jeopardy! supercomputer being developed by IBM will surely kill us all

    It looks like Jeopardy! contestants will be the latest in a long line of humans being replaced by computers if IBM has its way. Big Blue has developed a supercomputer named Watson that’s apparently able to compete on the famous game show with human-like mental quickness as it pertains to answering questions. Read More

  • Big Blue's Profit Slips In First Quarter But Beats Estimates, Software Sales Soften The Blow

    IBM reported its first quarter 2009 earnings this afternoon, posting diluted earnings of $1.70 per share compared with diluted earnings of $1.64 per share in the first quarter of 2008, an increase of 4 percent. First-quarter net profit fell one percent to $2.30 billion from $2.32 billion in the first quarter of 2008. Total revenue for the first quarter decreased by 11 percent, to $21.7… Read More

  • Oracle Wants To Be The Apple Of The Enterprise, But It Just Became IBM

    Larry Ellison has always wanted to be the Steve Jobs of the enterprise. With this morning’s announcement that Oracle will buy Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion, he took a big step towards making Oracle more of a soup-to-nuts provider of enterprise technology. With Sun, he will now be able to build and package together everything from chips and servers to operating systems, Java… Read More

  • Sun Ready To Renew Acquisition Talks With IBM, If They Promise To Walk The Walk

    Looks like Sun Microsystems is open to renewing acquisition talks with International Business Machines (IBM) if the latter makes a stronger commitment to actually closing the deal, according to Bloomberg sources. Earlier this month, discussions over a potential takeover broke down when IBM withdrew its earlier $7 billion bid to buy Sun. Discussions have stalled, still according to the sources… Read More

  • IBM not buying Sun or "Here doesn't come the sun"

    Oh noes! IBM withdrew its $7 billion bid to buy Sun Microsystems. The company has no other offers outstanding, which may mean that the well-known and well-loved Unix server supplier will have to go it alone in an uncertain economy. One interesting point, from NYT: The Sun board did not reject the offer outright, but wanted certain guarantees that the I.B.M. side considered… Read More

  • Phase 2 Strikes Deal With IBM To Sell Lotus Products To SMBs

    Phase 2 International, an SaaS provider has partnered with IBM to provide “Lotus On-Demand,” a suite of enterprise products, consisting of Lotus Notes (enterprise email messaging), Lotus Sametime (secure instant messaging), Lotus Quickr (document sharing), and Lotus Connections (corporate social network). The software is meant for small to medium sized businesses and is priced… Read More

  • IBM could buy Sun

    IBM is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems for $7 billion. This would turn IBM into a one-stop shop when it comes to Unix server sales, a fairly lucrative niche in this cloud-happy world. Read More

  • End-of-Quarter Layoffs Hit Amazon, IBM, Google, and The New York Times

    With the end of the first quarter of the 2009 almost here, even the strongest companies companies are making last-minute layoffs to shave costs. Today, layoffs were announced across the tech sector, from IBM to Google to Amazon. The biggest layoffs came from IBM, where 5,000 people are losing their jobs in the U.S.. Amazon cut 210 people at three distribution centers in Nevada, Indiana… Read More

  • IBM cutting 5,000 U.S. employees, sending jobs to India

    Populist outrage in 3…2…1. IBM is laying off 5,000 U.S. employees and “building its work force in India and other locations,” according to the WSJ. Foreign workers now make up 71% of IBMs workforce of 400,000. Read More

  • IBM sued for anti-trust activity – sound familiar?

    Oyez, oyez: Mainframe makere Internationale Busy-ness Machinery didst sue Platform Solutions last Julye for making softsware that turns cheape hardeware into IBM-compatible mainframes. T3 Technologies, a reseller of Platform Solutions, hast now filed an antitruste suit against IBM. Now that IBM dost intende to purchase Sunne, the antitruste case seemes ever stronger, which does not bode well… Read More

  • Big Blue Wants To Swallow Sun For $6.5 Billion

    The consolidation in enterprise technology is upon us. Once mighty Sun Microsystems is now reportedly; in talks to be acquired by IBM for a mere $6.5 billion.  That is two quarters of revenues for Sun.  If you factor in the $2.6 billion in cash and short term investments on Sun’s balance sheet, the true offer is closer to $4 billion.  Sun’s shares jumped this morning 65… Read More

  • IBM And Juniper Networks Hoping To Gain Cloud Computing Market Share

    IBM will be unveiling a number of new cloud computing technologies at its CIO Leadership Exchange in Shanghai and its Pulse Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday with networking giant and Cisco-rival Juniper Networks by its side. We reported last summer that Juniper is doing a good job of making inroads on Cisco’s turf, and this partnership with IBM is a sign of Juniper’s… Read More

  • IBM supercomputer of unheard-of size to monitor nukes

    The US Government has decided at last that it’s time for Skynet. They’ve tapped IBM to create a supercomputer nearly twenty times as powerful as the current world champion: IBM’s Roadrunner, running at 1.1 petaflops. The computer is to be in charge of making sure that America’s nuclear arsenal is in a working state at all times. That seems like more of a job for guys… Read More

  • Apple And IBM Resolve Employment Dispute; Papermaster Can Now Get To Work

    When Apple hired away Mark Papermaster from IBM as its new senior vice president of hardware engineering for devices, IBM struck back with a lawsuit attempting to bar him from switching jobs. Citing his non-compete clause, IBM convinced a judge to order Papermaster to stop working at Apple until the dispute was resolved. IBM even brought Papermaster’s children into it. Well, now he… Read More