Daily Archives: August 31, 2012

Views from the Solar System (62)


Mars Interior
NASA – Artist rendition of the formation of rocky bodies in the solar system – how they form and differentiate and evolve into terrestrial planets. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Romney: What America needs is jobs, not hope and change


By Justin Sink – Mitt Romney formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination Thursday (Aug 30) in a speech aimed squarely at swing voters disillusioned with President Obama and a still-lagging economy.

“Hope and change had a powerful appeal,” Romney said. “But tonight I’d ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.” more> http://tinyurl.com/8ot3w4l

JPMorgan faces sea of trouble resolving “Whale” probe

By David Henry and Emily Flitter – The fallout from a nearly $6 billion trading loss at JPMorgan Chase & Co looks like it will haunt the big U.S. bank and its high-profile chief executive, Jamie Dimon, for months to come.

The situation presents several challenges to U.S. authorities: the potentially irregular trading occurred in London; and it was carried out by non-U.S. citizens, such as French national Bruno Iksil, who became known in the market as the “London Whale” for the size of his positions.

That translates into different rules for different jurisdictions and could raise extradition issues if any individuals are charged. more> http://tinyurl.com/9pj4sem

Four Things Fortune 100 Buyers Wished You Did

By Christine Crandell – Most sellers are product-feature obsessed while their Fortune 100 buyers are relationship focused. In a recent study our firm, New Business Strategies, conducted on how companies purchase technology we found that Fortune 100 organizations place more importance on the quality of their vendor relationships than how well the product or service performs.

This was a common finding regardless of the industry. It didn’t matter if the company was in aerospace, insurance or manufacturing, the quality of the relationship mattered more – in both the initial purchase decision and in repeat purchases. more>

IBM Technology Breakthroughs Extend Leadership for Enterprise Critical Data

IBM – IBM (NYSE: IBM) today (Aug 28) announced the zEnterprise® EC12 mainframe server, the most powerful and technologically advanced version of an IBM system that has been the linchpin of enterprise computing for 48 years. The new enterprise system features technologies that demonstrate IBM’s ongoing commitment to meet the growing need to secure and manage critical information with the System z mainframe.

The IBM zEC12 enterprise system is the result of an investment by IBM Systems and Technology Group of more than $1 billion in IBM research and development primarily in Poughkeepsie, New York as well as 17 other IBM labs around the world and in collaboration with some of IBM’s top clients.

The new IBM mainframe is one of the most secure enterprise systems ever (1), with built-in security features designed to meet the security and compliance requirements of different industries. With operational analytics and near real-time workload monitoring and analysis, clients can use the new zEC12 for a variety of workloads, including hybrid clouds that can take advantage of the System’s 25% more performance per core and 50% greater total system capacity than its predecessor as well as the world’s fastest chip running at 5.5 GHz (2).

IBM System z is a leading platform for secure data serving and the only commercial server to achieve Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 5+ security classification, providing clients the confidence to run many different applications containing confidential data on a single mainframe. The new zEC12 builds on this with innovative security and privacy features to help protect data at rest or in flight — a critical capability in the age of Internet banking and mobile devices. more> http://tinyurl.com/8bochv2


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