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What: “IBM has officially launched a beta version of its cloud-based IBM Docs document-editing tool, with a final version expected to go up against Google and Microsoft’s services later this year.”

Why: “Like Google Docs and Office 365, IBM’s service lets people to edit and share text, presentation and spreadsheet documents. Unlike them, it has a feature to assign specific sections of a document to key staff for editing.”

How: “IBM Docs, which has been under development for the last two years, is part of IBM’s LotusLive cloud platform. The platform is undergoing a rebranding, and will be known as IBM Smart Cloud for Social Business.”

Full article on ZDNet.

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Can Cloud Help Businesses Affected by Riots?

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What: “The torching of businesses over the last few days by the rioters who looted them has opened up a new business case for the on-line, off-site, data back-up that is an integral feature of cloud computing.”

Why: “…the smoking heap of wreckage was a small business in a city centre, a superstore in a retail park or a national distribution depot for consumer goods, the case for having off-site processing and data storage has suddenly become much stronger. But the vulnerabilities of data centres to power problems and of communications networks to similar disruption (including lightning strikes and cable theft) also need much greater attention.”

Interesting thoughts from Philip Virgo’s blog on ComputerWeekly.

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Watson Creates New Entry for Gartner Hype Cycle

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What: “Gartner’s 2011 Hype Cycle Special Report provides strategists and planners with an assessment of the maturity, business benefit and future direction of over 1,900 technologies, grouped into 76 distinct Hype Cycles. The Hype Cycle graphic has been used by Gartner since 1995 to highlight the common pattern of overenthusiasm, disillusionment and eventual realism that accompanies each new technology and innovation. The Hype Cycle Special Report is updated annually to track technologies along this cycle and provide guidance on when and where organizations should adopt them for maximum impact and value.”

How: “a new entry for natural language question answering recognizes the impressive and highly visible achievement of IBM’s Watson computer in winning TV’s Jeopardy! general knowledge quiz against champion human opponents.”

Full overview at MarketWatch.

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Cloud Analysis for Smarter Retail

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What: “IBM has announced a cloud-based Web analytics and digital marketing suite aimed at helping its business customers automate online marketing campaigns across digital channels, such as Websites, social media networks and mobile phones.”

How: “The IBM Coremetrics Web Analytics and Digital Marketing Optimisation Suite automates and simplifies a company’s ability to design and deliver a tailored online experience and marketing promotions through real-time personalised recommendations, email ad targeting and more. The new suite also enables marketers to perform advanced segmentation and automate marketing execution based on multichannel data, including offline data sources. And it delivers real-time product recommendations for all online channels – including social, mobile, email and display ads..”

Why: “The IBM Coremetrics Web Analytics and Digital Marketing Optimisation Suite is the newest addition to the company’s family of Smarter Commerce solutions. With its Smarter Commerce initiative, IBM is forging ahead into a new market that it estimates will grow to $20 billion in software opportunity alone by 2015, driven by the demands from organisations that are increasingly looking for ways to bring new levels of automation to marketing, sales and fulfilment to secure greater customer loyalty.”

Full article at eWeek here.

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IBM Reaps $50M in Energy Savings

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What: “IBM has saved $50 million in the past two years through thousands of energy and efficiency projects around the world, the company says.

IBM’s energy conservation program, which now involves more than 3,000 projects, has since 1990 avoided almost $400 million in energy expenses and 5.4 million megawatt hours of energy.”

Why: “IBM is aiming to eliminate 1.1. million megawatt hours (MWh) of energy use by 2012, a goal set in 2009. By the end of last year, IBM exceeded its interim goal of cutting out 496,000 MWh by eliminating 523,000 MWh.”

How: “Efficient lighting, better operating schedules for building systems and cloud computing are among the efforts that pushed IBM over a couple of its energy goals.

Outside of building controls, IBM also undertook data center projects to use less energy, less equipment and monitor facilities better. Turning more to cloud computing, IBM deployed 55 servers with cloud software, which would have equalled 488 physical servers, saving $1.3 million.

IBM has also been using technology developed by its IBM Research arm that shows heat sinks and cooling leaks in data centers with real-time, 3D images. The company also continues to use analytics software to manage energy use in data centers.”

Full article on GreenBiz here.

Corporate Responsibility Report, Energy and Climate Programs here.

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