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Are reports of IBM sale ‘greatly exaggerated?’

By Dan D’Ambrosio – “It’s hard to buy a smartphone that doesn’t have IBM content in it today,” senior technical staff member Mark Jaffe said.

“I have a Samsung Galaxy S4. I think this has nine chips that we make in it.”

If somebody cracked open Jaffe’s smartphone, there would be no chips bearing the IBM logo. That’s by design.

IBM sells to suppliers who sell to manufacturers including Apple Inc. and Samsung Group. IBM has no plans to launch its equivalent of the “Intel Inside” campaign. more> http://tinyurl.com/mtm2mvq

How Watson Changed IBM

By Brad Power – IBM, a company with a long and successful tradition of internally-focused R&D activities, is adapting to this new world of creating platforms and enabling open innovation.

So how does it work?

With multiple business models. Mike Rhodin, IBM’s senior vice president responsible for Watson, told me, “There are three core business models that we will run in parallel.

The first is around industries that we think will go through a big change in “cognitive” [natural language] computing, such as financial services and healthcare.

The second is where we see similar patterns across industries, such as how people discover and engage with organizations and how organizations make different kinds of decisions.

The third business model is creating an ecosystem of entrepreneurs. We’re always looking for companies with brilliant ideas that we can partner with or acquire. more> http://tinyurl.com/lp6cnqp

How IBM Plans to Make Oracle Obsolete

By Rob Enderle – At the core is IBM’s Open efforts, which give customers access to hardware, systems and software to create highly customized and optimized solutions designed around their specific needs.

As IBM itself knows, once customers start to leave a company, it’s hard to stop the exodus. So IBM is positioning software, hardware and services against this massive opportunity and providing access to more core IBM technology under license than ever before to both customers and partners. more> http://tinyurl.com/m6l6vzq

Poughkeepsie IBM plant is mainframe hub for 50 years

By Craig Wolf – H. Bryson Ainsley, 85, of the Town of Washington, remembers his first day working in an IBM mailroom, Jan. 10, 1949.

“I remember the day because I had my sincere suit on and a quiet tie, and I wore my blue oxford button-down shirt. The boss called me in and said, ‘I just wanted to let you know, we wear white shirts in IBM.’ ”

He remembers the big bet that IBM made on the System/360.

“It was the entire IBM treasure gambled on this one system,” he said.

The cost then was $5 billion to develop it. In today’s dollars, that’s about $38 billion. more> http://tinyurl.com/pjn26tk


A Computer Might Come After Your Job Next

By Matthew C. Klein – First it won at “Jeopardy.” Now it might threaten millions of low-wage jobs.

If it works, this technology would be a boon for everyone who prefers to buy things from the comfort of home. Right now, only a small percentage of shopping occurs online. Shipping costs could be one reason. Another is that many people are hesitant to buy things over the Internet when they can’t try them out first, especially clothing. That reticence could be overcome by these new technologies. If a computer knew your body shape and knew the dimensions of each piece of clothing, it could show you exactly how items would fit. more> http://tinyurl.com/pa6kghm


Why IBM Will Be Saved by Analytics — and Steven Mills

By Rob Enderle – IBM’s problem in the 1980s, shared to some degree by most large companies, was that too many executives and employees were gaming the system and not doing quality work.

Meanwhile, executives learned that most of their peers and superiors didn’t really understand the technology they managed, so they would string together buzzwords and acronyms. The folks working under them were afraid to point out that what they said didn’t make sense, while the folks over them didn’t know they didn’t make sense. One particularly memorable executive was famous for giving directions that were literally unintelligible; people left meetings scratching their heads because it seemed like he knew what he was saying, but none of it actually made sense. more> http://tinyurl.com/mdsmxfw

Create ‘Machines That See’ Using Industry Resources

By Jeff Bier and Brian Dipert – In the way digital wireless communication technology became pervasive over the past 10 years, embedded vision technology is poised to become deployed widely over the next decade. High-speed wireless connectivity began as a costly niche technology. Advances in digital integrated circuits were critical in enabling it to evolve from exotic to mainstream. When chips got fast enough, inexpensive enough, and energy-efficient enough, high-speed wireless became a mass-market technology. Similarly, advances in digital chips are now paving the way for the proliferation of embedded vision into high-volume applications. more> http://tinyurl.com/o5z7ff4


What a Real Budget Process Could Look Like in Washington

By John Kamensky – What does a performance budget look like? Let’s look at Texas, which inspired Henry Cuellar‘s efforts at the federal level.

The state has used performance budgeting for more than two decades. The governor prepares a strategic plan, uses it to prepare a budget proposal and the legislature adopts a biennial budget that includes specific levels of performance linked to the strategic plan. A 2005 IBM Center study by Joe Adams (pdf) provides a good overview, beginning with the creation of a statewide strategic planning process in 1991 under Gov. Ann Richards and continued when Gov. George W. Bush took office in 1995. more> http://tinyurl.com/m845pny

Advances in DRAM and non-volatile memories keep upping system performance

By Dave Bursky – New memory architectures, such as the Dis-integrated 3D RAM developed by Tezzaron Semiconductor (Figure 1a) and the Hybrid Memory Cube developed by Micron Semiconductor (Figure 1b) in conjunction with Samsung, SK Hynix, Open Silicon, IBM, ARM, Altera, and Xilinx, promise to provide much higher bandwidth – in the case of the HMC module, a bandwidth of 160 Gbytes/s, which is a 15X boost in memory bandwidth over a DDR3 memory module, while Tezzaron is projecting a data bandwidth of 16 Tbits/s for its novel memory structure. more>

Microsoft, IBM Top List of U.S. Tech Firms with Biggest Overseas Profit Hauls

By Jordan Robertson – When it comes to the politically inflammatory issue of U.S. companies holding trillions of dollars in profits overseas, two tech firms get the lion’s share of attention and blame for the practice: Apple and Cisco Systems.

That’s because their chief executive officers, Tim Cook and John Chambers, have been among the most vocal lobbyists for a tax holiday to bring the cash home at a rate lower than the 35 percent currently required by the U.S. government. more> http://tinyurl.com/klvh7sc