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IBM, Santiago Exchange introducing securities lending blockchain solution

IBM and Chile's Santiago Exchange have inked a partnership to introduce blockchain technology across the country's financial sector. The agreement makes the Santiago Exchange the first stock market in Latin America to apply IBM Blockchain technology within its short selling system for securities lending. The solution developed by IBM is based on the open source Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Fabric. The solution is expected to be widely available to support multiple parties across the financial industry ecosystem this year.

Singapore Airlines to start using MobileFirst for iOS

Singapore Airlines (SIA) have selected MobileFirst for iOS enterprise apps. MobileFirst for iOS is the result of a collaboration between IBM and Apple on industry-specific enterprise applications. From mid-June this year, SIA pilots will have access to Fly Now and Roster for iPad, as part of a suite of apps installed on company-issued iPads. The use of the apps are expected to enhance pilot productivity by digitizing manual processes related to airline operations and regulations, said IBM in a statement. Fly Now provides location for flight-related information, and actions such as the flight plan, pilot check-in, information related to a specific aircraft, collaboration with other crew members, access to technical and operational circulars and historical reports. Roster gives a 60-day view of flights assigned to a pilot, as well as...

Commercial 50 qubits quantum computing systems coming in few years, says IBM

IBM says it aims at constructing commercial IBM Q quantum computing systems with ~50 qubits in the next few years, delivered via the company's cloud platform. IBM Q systems will be designed to tackle problems that are currently seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical computing systems to handle. One of the first and most promising applications for quantum computing will be in the area of chemistry, says the company. Scientists have developed techniques to explore the simulation of chemistry problems on quantum processors. For example, this and this are experimental demonstrations of various molecules are in progress. IBM also released the API for its quantum computing services that it says enables developers and programmers to begin building interfaces between its existing five quantum bit (qubit) cloud-based quantum...

Maersk, IBM partnering on blockchain-based supply chain solution

IBM and Maersk are collaborating to work on a joint blockchain technology solution for the shipping and logistics industry. The companies have built a blockchain solution based on the open source Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Fabric and delivered via Bluemix. The solution enables the real time exchange of original supply chain events and documents through a digital infrastructure, or data pipeline, that connects the participants in a supply chain ecosystem using blockchain. The solution was used when goods from Schneider Electric were transported on a Maersk Line container vessel from the Port of Rotterdam to the Port of Newark in a pilot project. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are also participating in a pilot, says IBM. The solution is expected to be available commercially later this year.

Celgene, IBM Watson Health forge Patient Safety collaboration

Celgene and IBM Watson Health have inked a collaboration to co-develop IBM Watson for Patient Safety, a new offering that aims to enhance pharmacovigilance methods used to collect, assess, monitor, and report adverse drug reactions. The new offering will run on the Watson Health Cloud. The collaboration will combine Watson's cognitive computing ability with Celgene's experience in drug safety and risk management, in order to create an outcome- and evidence-based drug safety decision support system for life science companies, said IBM in a statement. Watson for Patient Safety will be developed in phases, with the first module anticipated within the next year. Watson Health Cloud for Life Sciences Compliance offers a health-data enabled infrastructure and is designed to streamline GxP compliance, says IBM.

Air Mauritius inks 5-year Cloud and Analytics deal with IBM

Air Mauritius has inked a five-year technology and services deal with IBM for cloud and analytics technologies delivered as services. The deal, which will be implemented in collaboration with KPMG South Africa, will allow the airline to overhaul its enterprise planning processes using the statistical analysis and visualizations of IBM’s Watson Analytics. This will allow authorized personnel across the enterprise to have analytical insights from the company’s data. It will also provide an integrated environment for critical, real-time scenario planning and performance management, according to IBM. Operating out of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius, its main hub, Air Mauritius serves 24 regional and international destinations. Air MauritiusAir MauritiusAir

Industry leaders form OpenCAPI Consortium to work on datacenter performance

AMD, Dell EMC, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, Micron, NVIDIA and Xilinx have come together to announce a new, open specification that can increase datacenter server performance by up to 10x. Servers and related products based on the new standard are expected in the second half of 2017. The new standard, called OpenCAPI, and released by the newly formed OpenCAPI Consortium, provides an open, high-speed pathway for different types of technology – advanced memory, accelerators, networking and storage – to more tightly integrate their functions within servers, according to a statement issued by the consortium. OpenCAPI provides a high bandwidth, low latency open interface design specification built to minimize the complexity of high-performance accelerator design, says the consortium.  Capable of 25Gbits per second data rate,...

Consumers will be able to exchange bonus points using Blockchain, says IBM

Consumers will be able to exchange bonus points from among any of the banks they do business with to select the rewards they want, said IBM in a statement. IBM China Research Lab and China UnionPay E-payment Institute have created a business platform on IBM Blockchain, that uses the Hyperledger Fabric to create a permissioned network for the exchange of bonus points, as part of a pilot project. This joint effort also integrates online and offline channels using blockchain. As a result, it will be possible for China UnionPay card holders to go to any offline supermarket or mall equipped with intelligent point-of-service (POS) devices, to exchange bonus points for commodities by direct scanning. It is anticipated that bonus points from flight mileage, mobile phone bills, gas...

IBM, Harrow Council ink 10-year Watson Care Manager deal

IBM Watson Health and the Harrow Council, a local authority for 100,000 households in North-West London, have inked a 10-year agreement to use cognitive technologies to help people with personalized social care needs choose services. The commercial agreement marks the first implementation of Watson Care Manager outside of the USA. As part of the Watson Care Manager system, health and social care providers bid to supply the service and secure the contract, says IBM. Watson Care Manager then automates payments and ensures the service has been delivered to the user.

Workday, IBM form strategic cloud partnership

IBM and Workday, a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, has adopted the IBM Cloud as part of a multi-year strategic partnership.Under the terms of the partnership, IBM Cloud will become the foundation for Workday’s development and testing environment. Workday intends to expand the use of IBM Cloud over time beyond development and testing. Today’s announcement builds on the IBM and Workday partnership, which includes IBM’s global Workday Consulting Services, the 2015 acquisition of Meteorix–a leading Workday services partner–and IBM’s own use of Workday Human Capital Management for its global workforce. IBM’s global cloud data center presence includes roughly 50 datacenters in 17 countries.

Blackboard, IBM sign agreement on cognitive education solutions, managed infrastructure

Education technology company Blackboard and IBM have signed a collaborative agreement for IBM to manage Blackboard’s datacenters and cloud infrastructure. The two companies will also work together to develop educational solutions, based on IBM Watson’s cognitive computing technology and Blackboard’s broad capabilities suite. Under the agreement, IBM will manage much of Blackboard’s technology infrastructure, including the company’s 28 global data centers and its existing public cloud footprint.  IBM will also provide support for Blackboard’s use of the public cloud. IBM will also work with Blackboard to migrate its applications from its datacenters to the public cloud. In addition, IBM will add Blackboard solutions to its portfolio of education offerings.

Facility services company ISS deploying IBM Watson to analyze millions of sensors

Facility services company ISS has signed an agreement with IBM to use Watson's IoT platform, consulting, and facilities management technologies, in the management of over 25,000 buildings around the world. Working with IBM, ISS will integrate and analyze data from millions of devices and sensors embedded into buildings including doors, windows, chairs, meeting rooms, dispensers and air conditioning systems. The device and sensor data will be uploaded onto IBM's Watson IoT cloud platform. ISS will use cognitive computing technologies to learn from this data, and subsequently optimize its services as well as furthering its understanding of how people use buildings, said the companies in a statement. For example, sensors in doors and entrance areas can tell a real estate manager how many people are in a building at any one time...

Cisco collaborative workspace solutions to get IBM Watson integration

IBM and Cisco are partnering to design joint solutions that integrate the Cisco Spark and WebEx collaborative workspace platforms with IBM Watson capabilities. The solutions will combine IBM's advanced analytics, Watson, and email and social offerings with Cisco's collaboration solutions, including business messaging, meeting and calling offerings, said the companies in a statement. The joint solutions will utilize IBM Watson and Connections APIs as well as Cisco Spark and WebEx APIs.

IBM to buy Israeli application discovery company EZSource

IBM has completed the acquisition of EZSource, an application discovery company, to help developers modify mainframe applications. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The integration of EZSource's technology into IBM's z Systems portfolio is expected to help customers discover new ways to take advantage of the mainframe, according to IBM. "The IBM mainframe is a foundational technology for digital transformation. Today's developers can drown in the sea of complex application code," said Ross Mauri, general manager, IBM z Systems. "EZSource's application discovery technology makes it fast and easy for developers to understand and extend those applications at the speed of business."

EuropaCorp using IBM Aspera for collaboration and distribution of films

French film producer EuropaCorp is using IBM Aspera high-speed file transfer software for collaboration and file exchange between offices and partners, during the production, editing and distribution of motion pictures. The company is using Aspera Faspex to collaborate and exchange large files between its Paris headquarters, a satellite office in Los Angeles, and external vendors and film directors around the world, said IBM in a statement. Founded by French filmmaker Luc Besson, EuropaCorp produces and distributes English and French-language feature films, including franchises such as the Taken trilogy and the Transporter series.