Monday, January 12, 2015

IBM Breaks U.S. Patent Record in 2014

First Company to Exceed 7,000 Patents in a Year #1 on U.S. Patent List for 22nd Consecutive Year

ARMONK, N.Y. - 12 Jan 2015: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it received a record 7,534 patents in 2014 -- marking the 22nd consecutive year that the company topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients.

IBM inventors earned an average of more than 20 patents per day in 2014, propelling the company to become the first to surpass more than 7,000 patents in a single year.

“IBM's continued investment in research and development is key to driving the transformation of our company, as we look to capture the emerging opportunities represented by cloud, big data and analytics, security, social and mobile," said Ginni Rometty, IBM's chairman, president and CEO. "IBM's patent leadership over more than two decades demonstrates our enduring commitment to the kind of fundamental R&D that can solve the most daunting challenges facing our clients and the world.”

The company’s record-setting 2014 patent output was led by more than 3,000 patents – 40% of its annual total – covering a range of cloud computing, analytics, mobile, social and security inventions. Over the past five years, IBM has more than doubled its output of patents within these strategic growth areas and was the leading recipient of cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security patents during this period.

IBM inventors also received more than 500 patents for inventions that will usher in the era of cognitive systems, including new Watson related cognitive technologies.

During IBM’s 22 years atop the patent list (1993-2014), the company’s inventors have received more than 81,500 U.S. patents.

The Top Ten list of 2014 U.S. patent recipients* includes:
The company's 2014 patent count exceeded the combined totals of Accenture, Amazon, Google, HP, Intel and Oracle.

More than 8,500 IBMers residing in 46 states and territories and 43 countries are responsible for IBM's record breaking 2014 patent tally. IBM inventors who reside outside the U.S. contributed to more than 34% of the company's 2014 patents.

IBM's record-breaking 2014 patent output features thousands of inventions that will enable important cloud computing, analytics, mobile, social and security advancements, such as:
  • U.S. Patent #8,661,132: Enabling service virtualization in a cloud
  • U.S. Patent #8,874,638: Interactive analytics processing 
  • U.S. Patent #8,903,360: Mobile device validation 
  • U.S. Patent #8,706,648: Assessing social risk due to exposure from linked contacts
  • U.S. Patent #8,869,274: Identifying whether an application is malicious 
  • U.S. Patent #8,639,497: Natural language processing (‘NLP’)

For more information about IBM's patent leadership and some of the young inventors who contributed to the company’s 2014 patent production, please see:

Click here for a SlideShow.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Biological Bad Luck Blamed in Two-Thirds of Cancer Cases

The following was originally published by Reuters on January 1st, 2015.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer and who does not, according to researchers who found that two-thirds of cancer incidence of various types can be blamed on random mutations and not heredity or risky habits like smoking.

The researchers said on Thursday random DNA mutations accumulating in various parts of the body during ordinary cell division are the prime culprits behind many cancer types.

They looked at 31 cancer types and found that 22 of them, including leukemia and pancreatic, bone, testicular, ovarian and brain cancer, could be explained largely by these random mutations - essentially biological bad luck.
The other nine types, including colorectal cancer, skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma and smoking-related lung cancer, were more heavily influenced by heredity and environmental factors like risky behavior or exposure to carcinogens.

Overall, they attributed 65 percent of cancer incidence to random mutations in genes that can drive cancer growth.
"When someone gets cancer, immediately people want to know why," said oncologist Dr. Bert Vogelstein of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, who conducted the study published in the journal Science with Johns Hopkins biomathematician Cristian Tomasetti.

"They like to believe there's a reason. And the real reason in many cases is not because you didn't behave well or were exposed to some bad environmental influence, it's just because that person was unlucky. It's losing the lottery."

Tomasetti said harmful mutations occur for "no particular reason other than randomness" as the body's master cells, called stem cells, divide in various tissues.

Tomasetti said the study indicates that changing one's lifestyle and habits like smoking to avoid cancer risks may help prevent certain cancers, but may not be as effective for others.

"Thus, we should focus more research and resources on finding ways to detect such cancers at early, curable stages," Tomasetti added.

The researchers charted the cumulative number of lifetime divisions in the stem cells of a given tissue - for example, lungs or colon - and compared that to the lifetime cancer risk in that tissue.

Generally speaking, tissues that undergo more divisions - thus increasing the probability of random mutations - were more prone to tumors.

The study did not cover all cancer types. Breast and prostate cancer were excluded because the researchers were unable to ascertain reliable stem cell division rates.

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a very merry Christmas
and a happy, healthy New Year.

Happy Holidays from IBM

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Unified Endpoint Management at IBM InterConnect 2015

InterConnect is IBM’s premier cloud and mobile conference in Las Vegas happening at Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand from February 22 – 26, 2015. Explore the latest in Unified Endpoint Management with IBM Endpoint Manager and IBM MobileFirst Protect (MaaS360). We have a number of educational sessions planned for you including technical discussions, case-studies, hands-on labs and live demos.
Coca-Cola, Schlumberger, Stanford University, Motorola, Kroger and Bancroft are just a few of the many case studies that will be featured. Click Here to view the complete agenda by searching for “Cloud Infrastructure & IT Optimization” Stream and the “Unified Endpoint Management” Track. To view our MobileFirst Protect (MaaS360) sessions, search for "Mobile Enterprise" Stream and the "Protect & Manage Mobile Infrastructure" Track.  You can also view a .pdf here.

In addition to hearing your peers share their success with Unified Endpoint Management, you'll network with more than 20,000 attendees, industry experts, and IBM thought leaders at the event. This is your chance to build your industry expertise, enhance your portfolio of industry thought leaders and advance your career as an IT leader.

When you attend, you can earn a year's worth of professional education with more than 1,500 in-depth business and technical training sessions, 200+ hands-on labs, and hundreds of certifications spanning the entire IT lifecycle.

Save with the Early Bird discount!
Register by December 31 to save US$200 with the Early Bird discount.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Apple & IBM Deliver First Wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps

Big Data Analytics & Security Capabilities Arrive on iPhone & iPad

CUPERTINO, California and ARMONK, New York - 10 Dec 2014: Apple and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM clients today announcing support for IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions include: Citi, Air Canada, Sprint and Banorte.
"What we’re delivering aims directly at the new quest of business — smart technologies that unlock new value at the intersection of big data and individual engagement,” said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services. “Our collaboration combines IBM’s industry expertise and unmatched position in enterprise computing, with Apple’s legendary user experience and excellence in product design to lift the performance of a new generation of business professionals.”

“This is a big step for iPhone and iPad in the enterprise, and we can’t wait to see the exciting new ways organizations will put iOS devices to work," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The business world has gone mobile, and Apple and IBM are bringing together the world’s best technology with the smartest data and analytics to help businesses redefine how work gets done.”

In targeting key opportunities and priorities within industries, IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps take enterprise mobility a level deeper, helping employees access their company’s full capabilities wherever they interact with clients — faster, easier and more securely than ever before.

Built exclusively for iPhone and iPad, IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps are delivered in a secure environment, embedded with analytics and linked to core enterprise processes. The apps can be customized for any organization and easily deployed, managed and upgraded via cloud services from IBM specifically for iOS devices, with security across the data, app and device. This first suite of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available across multiple industries, with additional apps being continuously designed and developed:

  • Plan Flight (Travel and Transportation) addresses the major expense of all airlines -- fuel -- permitting pilots to view flight schedules, flight plans, and crew manifests ahead of time, report issues in-flight to ground crews, and make more informed decisions about discretionary fuel.
  • Passenger+ (Travel and Transportation) empowers flight crews to offer an unmatched level of personalized services to passengers in-flight – including special offers, re-booking, and baggage information.
  • Advise & Grow (Banking and Financial Markets) puts bankers on premise with their small business clients, with secure authorization to access client profiles and competitive analyses, gather analytics-driven insights to make personalized recommendations, and complete secure transactions.
  • Trusted Advice (Banking and Financial Markets) allows advisors to access and manage client portfolios, gain insight from powerful predictive analytics -- in the client's kitchen or at the local coffee shop, rather than the advisor's office -- with full ability to test recommendations with sophisticated modeling tools all the way to complete, secure transactions.
  • Retention (Insurance) empowers agents with access to customers’ profiles and history, including an analytics-driven retention risk score as well as smart alerts, reminders, and recommendations on next best steps and facilitation of key transactions like collection of e-signatures and premiums.
  • Case Advice (Government) addresses the issue of workload and support among caseworkers who are making critical decisions, one family or situation at a time, on the go. The solution adjusts case priorities based on real-time analytics-driven insights, and assesses risk based on predictive analysis.
  • Incident Aware (Government) converts an iPhone into a vital crime prevention asset, presenting law enforcement officers with real-time access to maps and video-feeds of incident locations; information about victim status, escalation risk, and crime history; and improved ability to call for back-up and supporting services.
  • Sales Assist (Retail) enables associates to connect with customer profiles, make suggestions based on previous purchases and current selections, check inventory, locate items in-store, and ship out-of-store items.
  • Pick & Pack (Retail) combines proximity-based technology with back-end inventory systems for transformed order fulfillment.
  • Expert Tech (Telecommunications) taps into native iOS capabilities including FaceTime for easy access to expertise and location services for route optimization to deliver superior on-site service, more effective issue resolution and productivity as well as improved customer satisfaction.

"Mobile innovations are driving profound impact on how Citi delivers superior client experiences, particularly those that extend our enterprise expertise all the way to the point of customer contact,” said Heather Cox, Chief Client Experience, Digital and Marketing Officer for Global Consumer Banking at Citi. “There’s terrific energy in our collaboration with IBM and Apple around the goal of equipping our professionals with mobile capability that will create new competitive advantage and enable us to re-imagine how we share our knowledge to improve the quality of life for our clients.

To supplement the IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps, the partnership between Apple and IBM offers business customers additional levels of capability integrated for enterprise mobility, including:

  • Mobile Platform and Enterprise Integration – Leveraging IBM’s global industry consulting expertise, client experience design and enterprise systems integration from analytics, workflow and cloud storage, to fleet-scale device management, security and integration. Enhanced mobile management includes a private app catalog, data and transaction security services, and productivity suite for all IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions. In addition to on-premise software solutions, all these services will be available on Bluemix—IBM’s development platform on the IBM Cloud Marketplace.
  • Supply, activate and manage – Streamlined end-to-end procurement, deployment and lifecycle management -- at scale; along with cloud solutions for enterprise security, device management, and data and process integration. IBM Global Financing leasing options and services to allow organizations to keep pace with latest device releases.
  • AppleCare for the Enterprise  – Providing IT departments and end users with 24/7 assistance for their devices from Apple’s award-winning customer support group, with on-site service delivered by IBM. 

For more information regarding the new Apple and IBM solutions, please visit or

About Apple

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

About IBM MobileFirst

IBM’s 6,000 mobile experts have been at the forefront of mobile enterprise innovation. IBM has secured more than 4,300 patents in mobile, social and security, which have been incorporated into IBM MobileFirst solutions that enable enterprise clients to radically streamline and accelerate mobile adoption, help organizations engage more people and capture new markets. Through IBM's partnership with Apple, the two organizations are transforming enterprise mobility with a new class of industry specific business apps. For more information on IBM MobileFirst, visit the press kit or Follow @IBMMobile on Twitter, and see IBM MobileFirst on YouTube, Tumblr and Facebook.

Contact Information

Karen Davis
IBM Media Relations
1 (917) 346-4406

Lia Davis
IBM Media Relations
1 (202) 285-5333

Monday, December 8, 2014

[WEBINAR] Sub-Capacity License Reporting: What You Need to Know About the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT)

PreferredPartner and IBM present:
Sub-Capacity License Reporting:
What You Need to Know About the IBM License Metric Tool
Monday, 12/15/2014 @ 1:00 PM EST

With today’s multi-core chip technologies and the proliferation of virtual environments, it is getting more difficult for customers to count and manage their PVU consumption. ILMT automates the license management process by providing valuable reporting of your software usage, keeping you in compliance with your entitlements.

ILMT is also a requirement for customers running IBM software in a virtual environment – “IPAA Section 1.14 Client’s Reporting Responsibilities”.

In this webinar, PreferredPartner and IBM will tackle an in-depth look at ILMT. We’ll examine how this tool impacts your IBM environment and explore how to leverage the tool to cut your exposure to audits.

This 1-hour webinar will focus on:

  • What is IBM Sub-Capacity Licensing and how do I qualify for it?
  • What is ILMT and why is it now a mandatory requirement?
  • How can ILMT help remove the threat of lengthy, costly audits?
  • How can ILMT help decrease our software costs by optimizing
  • software license metering?
  • What is involved in installing and supporting ILMT?

We will also cover additional benefits of ILMT and how it can be leveraged in other parts of your business.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WEBCAST: Going Hybrid with Appliation Performance Management, Because One Size Doesn't Always Fit All

Tuesday, December 9, 11am ET

You may be considering the move to a SaaS model for several reasons: it's cheaper, easier, more flexible.

But perhaps you can't afford to move to SaaS right away. Maybe some of your apps are too mission-critical or your company has prohibitive security guidelines.

 So how do you reconcile? Enter stage left-- Hybrid APM. With the ability to pick and choose between SaaS or on-premises monitoring for your different apps and components, wherever they reside, your troubles are alleviated and the shift towards SaaS can be seamless.

Register for this webinar to learn:
  • How to get a single unified view of your application components no matter where they are hosted or what they are monitored by
  • How to start the move to SaaS without changing your entire enterprise
  • How the shift to SaaS can improve TCO and value for your organization
  • How existing customers can start leveraging SaaS

Tim Bouhour
IBM Product Manager, Application Perrormance Management

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Webcast: IBM InterConnect 2015 (aka Pulse) - Everything You Need to Know in 30 Minutes or Less

Everything You Need to Know in 30 Minutes or Less
Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

IBM InterConnect 2015, the Premier Cloud & Mobile Conference, will be a combination of the IBM Pulse, Impact and Innovate annual conferences. In addition to learning about IBM’s latest product innovations, these events are successful due to IBM customers sharing their expertise and experience.

This presentation will provide an overview of the:
  •  Agenda
  •  Curriculum
  •  Tracks
  •  Key information you need to know to plan your trip
The Tivoli User Community welcomes your valuable feedback and encourages you to tell us what you would like to hear at InterConnect 2015.

The Speakers

Paul Kraegar
WW Market Segment Manager
IBM Software | Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure

Mike Zelle
WW Market Segment Manager
IBM Software | Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

IBM Interconnect 2015 [Register by 12/31 to save $200.]

Three extraordinary IBM conferences—Pulse, Impact, and Innovate—have joined together to deliver one of the most comprehensive software events ever as IBM InterConnect 2015 on February 22 – 26 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand.  Over 20,000 attendees will enjoy unprecedented networking opportunities, professional education, and technical certifications valued at more than $8,000.  (Not to mention a free concert featuring Aerosmith!)
From development to architecture to operations, InterConnect will provide the best in education, networking, and exhibits on topics like Cloud, Mobile, Security, DevOps, and more. Come see how the latest innovations in Asset Management, Smarter Process, IT Optimization, Decision Management, and Application Infrastructure can help you maximize the value of your technology investments.

Register by December 31 to save $200!

Contact me if you have any questions.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Risky Business: Top 3 Ways to Reinforce Your Cyber Defense [Free Webinar]

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 @ 10:00 am Eastern

Are you running a risky business when it comes to your cyber security defenses? Sure, it's easy to calculate and manage risk if you know the complete operating picture--but most organizations (both in the public as well as the private sector) don't. That means you may be implementing solutions without having continuous situational awareness: identifying what is connected to the network, controlling access to those networks, and enforcing continuous compliance across all endpoints.

And, it means you might be running a risky business when it comes to the security of your organization's data. But you don't have to.

Join this webcast to learn how you can quickly understand and remediate security threats by embedding knowledge of network access while driving continuous endpoint compliance--so you can find and fix visibility and security control gaps before they become major security breaches. In this session we'll show you how to protect your network with three core functions: Real-time visibility, control, and continuous compliance & automation. And you'll leave knowing how the combination of IBM Endpoint Manager and ForeScout CounterAct provide the ability to securely manage your networks and reduce risk.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Smarter Data Protection for your Evolving Business

If your business is like many organizations that need to deliver 100% data availability, manage rapid data growth; yet control costs, now is the time to discover how modernized data protection can help your organization deliver better outcomes.

Join this Webcast to understand how IBM data protection is the validated and reliable solution with policy-driven remote replication, advanced automated capabilities and designed for virtual environments to reduce Microsoft Hyper-V backup space requirements by up to 95% with incremental ‘forever’ and deduplication and restore VMware files with up to 70% fewer steps.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Free Webinar: Learn how IT Service Management can help you deliver great service and delight your customers.

You can deliver great service and delight your customers!

As a provider of  IT services, you can no longer afford to just focus on technology and your internal organization.  You now have to consider the quality of the services you provide and focus on the relationship your team has with your customers.

Imagine a world where...
  • Your service management costs are lower,
  • Your users can get solutions and services using their phones and tablets without ever picking up the phone to call your service desk professionals, and
  • Your disparate systems operate together across service, asset, and change management processes to drive down TCO ...
This is the world of IT Service Management, providing a framework that structures your IT activities and interactions to deliver world class service.

Want to learn more?

Join Judith Hurwitz for a free webinar as she discusses industry trends in IT Service Management.
Monday, November 17th, at 11am Eastern

Register for this exciting webinar today.