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IBM's ShinyHappy™ SAP Ariba deal papers over SaaS fail

IBM and SAP Ariba last week shared a stage and delivered the ShinyHappy™ news that the two are throwing their respective Watson and Leonardo artificial intelligences at “cognitive procurement solutions that redefine the source-to-settle process.” But the announcement glossed over the fact that IBM already has a cloudy …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2017
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Code-thief pleads guilty to pinching file system to sell to China

A Chinese national accused of stealing source code to a clustered file system and other intellectual property from an officially-unnamed American company has entered a guilty plea. The US Department of Justice has never identified Xu Jiaqiang's employer at the time he was accused of “economic espionage and theft of a trade …
Arca OS 5.0, aka Blue Lion

What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

An outfit called Arca Noae has released a new version of IBM's venerable OS/2 operating system, named ArcaOS 5.0. The Register understands that Arca Noae has a licence from IBM to do a distribution of OS/2, the OS that Big Blue pitched against Windows 95 back in the day. OS/2's fourth release was widely regarded as technically …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2017
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Made for each other! IBM awarded $700m outsourcing gig to cut costs at transport giant

Beleaguered Canadian train and plane giant Bombardier has signed a six-year $700m contract with IBM to outsource tech management and, er, cut costs – something Big Blue has expended considerable effort doing itself. The aerospace and transportation business last year confirmed it was axing more than 14,000 staff worldwide, …
John Oates, 17 May 2017
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How to reward an IBM exec for lower sales and shrinking profits? Promotion

IBM’s UK overlord David Stokes is getting his just deserts for presiding over a sustained period of sliding sales and plummeting profits - he’s being promoted. Stokes, who became CEO for IBM’s British business at the start of 2013, is set to be made chief operating officer for Europe on 22 May, IBM confirmed in a brief …
Paul Kunert, 16 May 2017
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IBM's pension fund sells most of its IBM shares

IBM's pension fund has sold most of its shares in IBM. The fund's February 2017 SEC filing records it as holding 82,802 shares. But the May 2017 filing records a reduced holding of 12,451 shares. Selling shares isn't unusual for a pension fund as dividends alone can't always provide such entities with the cash they need to …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2017

Nutanix, IBM hug each other in Power pity party

Nutanix and IBM will announce on Tuesday a new relationship that will see Nutanix build hyperconverged systems out of IBM Power servers – its first non-Intel-powered boxes. Details of what will be delivered, and when, have not yet been revealed. But The Register understands Nutanix will bring its hyperconverged stack to Power …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2017
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Oracle crushed in defeat as Java world votes 'No' to modular overhaul

Oracle has suffered an embarrassing setback in its plans for a modular architecture in Java 9. The database goliath has lost a Java Community public-review ballot by 13 to 10 that was to have approved its Java Platform Module System (JPMS) specification as a final draft. Executive Committee members ignored dire warnings from …
Gavin Clarke, 12 May 2017
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IBM wheels out bleedin' big 15TB tape drive

IBM has brought out a TS1155 tape drive as an update on the existing TS1150, offering 15TB raw capacity, half as much again. These are proprietary IBM format tape drives. For comparison the open standard LTO-7 format offers 6TB raw capacity (15TB compressed at 2.5:1), with the coming LTO-8 reaching 12TB raw, well below IBM …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2017
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IBM freezes contractor hires to keep full-time workers fully occupied

Updated More evidence that IBM is cutting costs in multiple ways: the company's Australian tentacle is making it very, very hard to hire contractors. The Register has viewed emails sent among organisations seeking to place contractors with IBM Australia. The thread explains that IBM has not replied to offers of new contractors because …
Simon Sharwood, 10 May 2017

IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

It’s not just teleworkers that are feeling the sharp end of IBM strategic shifts – services personnel must now justify visiting a client on site if travel costs £75 or more. Tosca Colangeli, Big Blue’s UK veep of Global Technology Services, has told her team: “All travel requests raised should be critical requirements that …
Paul Kunert, 9 May 2017
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Always late to the party, IBM reveals itself to be NVMe fanboy

+Comment IBM says it's developing systems with NVMe across its storage portfolio, and wants to ignite an industry-wide leap in system performance. Its NVMe-using products will come to the market in the first half of 2018. That's a year away. Apeiron, Excelero, E8, Micron and many others already have NVMe SSD supporting systems and are …
Chris Mellor, 8 May 2017
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Oracle fires Java warning at IBM and Red Hat

Oracle has hit out at IBM and Red Hat Middleware for their continued opposition to its proposed plan to make Java modular. IBM has suggested it will vote against the JPMS JSR that Reinhold leads – JSR 376. The result for the Community vote on JPMS is due to be announced on June 8. Mark Reinhold, Oracle’s Java Platform chief, …
Gavin Clarke, 8 May 2017

IBM: Remote working is great! ... For everyone except us

IBM, the company that just weeks ago said it was doing away with its work-from-home policy, is now preaching the benefits of telecommuting to customers. Big Blue's Smarter Workforce Group says a recent panel it hosted at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conference concluded that customers who …
Shaun Nichols, 8 May 2017
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Gang-briefed by IBM bosses in Hawaii? Nah, I'll take redundancy

The so-called Best of IBM will descend on Hawaii this week as a pat on the back for “delivering signature client experiences and results”. No, really. But it won’t all be sun, sea and slides - gang-briefings on “solutions” will feature heavily too. One thousand True Blues (or mini-Ginnis) will be flown to the Fairmont Orchid …
Paul Kunert, 3 May 2017
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Big Blue to buy Verizon's cloud

In February 2016 Verizon told The Register it “remains committed to delivering a range of cloud services for enterprise and government customers and is making significant investments in its cloud platform in 2016." And today it announced IBM will acquire its cloud and managed hosting business, for an undisclosed sum. Verizon …
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Big mistake by Big Blue: Storwize initialisation USBs had malware

Big Blue is red-faced after shipping malware-infected initialisation USBs for its Storwize disk racks. The company is therefore strongly suggesting users "Securely destroy the USB flash drive so that it can not be reused." Either that or wipe it, disinfect anything it touched and cross your fingers. Then download the files you …
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IBM storage revenues grew? Hahaha, good one. Oh, you're serious

Analysis Despite falling server sales, IBM has reversed 22 quarters of decline in storage hardware revenue, offset by a leap in flash storage array sales. It's also, we think, number 3 in overall storage sales. Let's drill down through the first quarter 2017 results numbers. According to IBM's quarterly earnings charts, the main …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2017

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