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IBM's Watson Health wing left looking poorly after 'massive' layoffs

IBM has laid off approximately 50 and 70 per cent of staff this week in its Watson Health division, according to inside sources. The axe, we're told, is largely falling on IBMers within companies the IT goliath has taken over in the past few years to augment Watson's credentials in the health industry. These include medical …
Iain Thomson, 25 May 2018

IBM's storage biz wakes up, smells dedupe coffee

IBM is again playing catch up with rivals by adding a heavy sprinkling of dedupe dust to its near two-year old Storwize arrays and other products. The all-flash array (AFA) line provides data block storage and runs Spectrum Virtualise software, which can be bought for use on-premise or via IBM's cloud. The software, along with …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2018
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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

IBM has banned its staff from using removable storage devices. In an advisory to employees, IBM global chief information security officer Shamla Naidoo said the company “is expanding the practice of prohibiting data transfer to all removable portable storage devices (eg: USB, SD card, flash drive).” The advisory stated some …
Simon Sharwood, 10 May 2018
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Congress vs Facebook: Great soap opera TV, but don't expect big results

The images from Mark Zuckerberg's recent appearances before two US Congressional hearings (here and here) tell a story about the drama of such occasions. The first shows a nervous-looking Zuckerberg surrounded by US lawmakers and the second a seated and still Zuckerberg surrounded on all sides by photographers. The easy …

IBM Australia to end on-shore software support

IBM’s Technology Support Services operation will “officially” end on-shore software support on June 30th in Australia and New Zealand, The Register has learned. We understand that a handful of staff have moved into other units of IBM in which they will continue to provide on-shore software support. While the number of …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2018
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IBM turnover shrinks $28bn in 6 years but execs laugh all the way to the bank

IBM lost $28bn in revenues in the past six years but that made not one jot of difference the salary and bonuses the top execs got paid. The message from Wall Street? Ever-shrinking sales are not sustainable. Unlike hardware rival Hewlett Packard Enterprise and other tech giants Apple and HP Inc, Big Blue's leaders are not …
Paul Kunert, 27 Apr 2018
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Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

In the midst of its six-day online banking meltdown, which is showing no sign of letting up, TSB has hauled in the systems integration big gun or as it is otherwise known, IBM. The British bank confirmed the signing of Big Blue this morning as part of its rather uncomfortably timed first quarter financial results for 2018, in …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Apr 2018
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Now IBM turns redundo gun on its Digital Business Group

IBM is preparing a redundancy chute for the good folk working in its Digital Business Group (DBG), The Register can reveal. Employees in the unit received an email from company execs early last month seeking volunteers to leave the business with "an ex-gratia payment equivalent to statutory minimum redundancy terms". Despite …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2018
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One of IBM's latest financial figures was off by four cents today – so down go its shares

Revenues for IBM have risen for its second successive financial quarter – after more than five years of declining sales – but only on a constant currency basis. Profit, however, dropped and Wall Street hammered Big Blue's stock price in after-hours trading. The venerable tech titan reported $19.1bn in global sales in the first …
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2018
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Microsoft's Pelican brief, MAID in Azure* and femtosecond laser glass storage

Analysis Following last week's announcement that Microsoft's Azure planned to reinvent MAID disk arrays, The Reg took a deep breath and dove into Azure CTO Mark Russinovich’s presentation. What did we find? Some interesting bits and pieces about IBM tape library use, the aforementioned Pelican MAI, and a project to store 50TB in a slab …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2018
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IBM swings shrink ray from workforce to mainframes

IBM has shrunk its z-series mainframes to fit 19-inch racks, the size used by just about every other server in the world. The new z14 range includes the ZR1, a single-rack machine said to improve on the smallest Z13 by improving throughput by 10 per cent while doubling memory to eight terabytes. The ten-core CPU hits 5.2Ghz – …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2018

Co-op says IT upgrade project going swell since axing IBM

The Co-op Group claims to have made "significant progress" in updating internal IT systems since ditching IBM, according to the mutual's calendar '17 annual accounts filed today. "At the half year we reported that our contract with IBM to upgrade our IT systems had been terminated and we were exploring alternative technology …
Kat Hall, 6 Apr 2018

Stop us if you've heard this one: Job cuts at IBM

IBM is undertaking another significant round of job cuts, according to multiple sources. The enterprise giant on Thursday is reportedly notifying a number employees they will be made redundant in the coming months, and offering some the chance to move to different positions. This after talk earlier in the week of an impending …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Mar 2018
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IBMers in TSS: How WILL we support customers after these latest job cuts?

IBM is to lay off more than one in 10 workers across the UK Technology Support Services (TSS) division, with insiders telling us that some areas will be hit so severely that clients will inevitably feel the pinch. The protracted redundancy process for TSS, a unit of Global Technology Services (GTS), began in late 2017 but has …
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2018
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Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood

IBM for the past five years has been pushing older employees out of the company and replacing them with younger staffers in the US or moving the jobs overseas, it is claimed. Reg readers may have had a sneaking suspicion this was the case. As we exclusively reported last year, about a third of Big Blue workers, some 130,000 …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Mar 2018
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US Senate green-lights controversial anti-sex-trafficking law amid warnings of power grab

The US Senate has passed the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act (SESTA) with a 97-2 vote. The passage comes after its twin bill, FOSTA, was passed in the House. President Trump is expected sign the legislation into law shortly. Aimed at ending sex trafficking through online personal ads, SESTA has generated debate between …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Mar 2018
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IBM claims its machine learning library is 46x faster than TensorFlow

Analysis IBM boasts that machine learning is not just quicker on its POWER servers than on TensorFlow in the Google Cloud, it's 46 times quicker. Back in February Google software engineer Andreas Sterbenz wrote about using Google Cloud Machine Learning and TensorFlow on click prediction for large-scale advertising and recommendation …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2018
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Transport for NSW scrambles to patch servers missing fixes released in 2007

Around a third of servers at Transport for New South Wales, the public transport department in Australia’s largest most populous state, need security patches, some dating back to 2007. But IBM, which provides IT services to the agency, doesn’t have enough people dedicated to the job to get it done in the planned time frame or in …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2018

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