Happy Earth Day: IBM Global Asset Recovery Services reaches significant milestone

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In light of global Earth Day, we want to ask: were you aware that IBM Global Asset Recovery Services (GARS) provides IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipment and asset disposal and buyback services to customers in more than 40 countries?

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IBM Global Asset Recovery Services achieves 1 billion pound milestone in IT asset recovery processing *

In 2013, IBM Global Asset Recovery Services reached a significant milestone.  The combined remanufacturing and demanufacturing operations processed 1 billion pounds or 472,245 metric tons of product, parts and materials for the period of 2002 through 2013, the equivalent weight of approximately 1,000 Airbus A380-300 airplanes.**

Additional 2013 Asset Recovery / Re-manufacturing Milestones* :

  • In 2013, IBM’s re-manufacturing operations processed 807,000 units of IT equipment.  If only the laptops processed were placed on top of each other, the stack would extend 4.9 miles — or 7.8 kilometers — high into the sky, 90% of the height of Mt. Everest.
  • In total, IBM Global Asset Recovery Services remanufactured and demanufactured almost 27 thousand metric tons or nearly 59 million pounds of IT equipment — the equivalent weight of 1/2 of the RMS Titanic.+  Of all IT equipment and material that GARS processed in its demanufacturing centers, over 99% was recycled or reused.

IBM is a recognized leader in IT asset recovery services, with operations in more than 40 countries and most recently recognized by Gartner as a Leader in their 2013 Magic Quadrant for IT Asset Disposition, Worldwide.  Additionally, the GARS business holds eight patents on IT asset recovery processes.

* Source: all GARS data has been compiled and reported by GARS Operations
** Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_A380#Specifications
*** Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Everest#Comparisons
+ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic

- Posted by Noel Burke, Digital Strategist, IBM

#smallestmagazinecover Help set a Guinness World Records – Vote Now!

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#smallestmagazinecover Help set a Guinness World Records - Vote Now!

IBM scientists are partnering with National Geographic Kids to set a Guinness World Records title for the world’s smallest magazine cover. Read more: http://ibmresearchnews.blogspot.in/2014/03/help-set-guinness-world-records-title.html?lnk=w3news

You can participate by voting for your favorite National Geographic Kids cover: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/guinness-world-record-smallest-magazine/

- Posted by Noel Burke, Digital Strategist, IBM

“Paperwork Explosion” by The Jim Henson Company

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Last week, WIRED Magazine dug up a video from IBM Archives fr an article :
Tech Time Warp of the Week: Watch IBM’s Greatest Corporate Film, Directed by … Jim Henson?

Read the article here: http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2014/03/tech-time-warp-henson-ibm/

IBM Research Tunes-In to Africa’s Challenges & Opportunities

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IBM Research Tunes-In to Africa’s Challenges & Opportunities

What happens when you ask an entire continent to illustrate its challenges and opportunities in photos?

That’s exactly what IBM’s newest research lab wanted to find out. Jonathan Batty, IBM Communications, Global Labs, shares how the World is Our Lab – Africa picture project was born: a three-month competition that asked participants to use cameras and smartphones to capture images that illustrate the continent’s grand challenges, city systems and examples of innovation. Learn more at: http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2014/03/photowinner-ibm-africa.html

- Posted by Noel Burke, Digital Strategist, IBM

Bharti Airtel signs new 5-year contract with IBM

ibm-262x174Bharti Airtel and IBM on Wednesday announced a new agreement to manage Airtel’s infrastructure and application services in India over the next five years. Analysts estimate the order to be between $500 million and $600 million.

The agreement extends the pioneering 10-year outsourcing relationship that the two have had and which ended on March 31. But unlike earlier, when Airtel literally outsourced its entire IT, the company is now talking of building in-house capabilities in certain areas.

Under the contract signed in 2004, IBM took over the management of Airtel’s IT infrastructure and worked to transform its processes and integrate channels. The contract is said to have grown to $2 billion as Airtel expanded into other regions, including Africa.

Sources in both companies said there wasn’t any significant change in the size of the new contract. “IBM has been running that portion of Airtel’s business for years, and they know it so well and the business is so big that there was no way Airtel could risk moving a large portion suddenly to somebody else,” sources close to Airtel said.

There were reports earlier that India’s leading mobile operator might move significant portions of the contract to companies like TCS and Tech Mahindra. However, it looks like at least 80% of Airtel’s total IT outsourcing is still with IBM, and the rest is shared by companies including Tech Mahindra, Infosys, Wipro and Cisco.

Sources in IBM said the company’s analytics capabilities in particular and the fact that IBM helped Bharti extend into Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Africa had contributed to IBM retaining most of the contract.

Read the complete article on timesofindia.indiatimes.com | Posted by Khalid Raza

#IBMFoodTruck – What’s cooking?

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What's cooking?

Help decide! Cast your vote for what the cognitive computer-powered food truck will make next. Cooking starts March 7. http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/cognitivecooking/?ce=ISM0457&ct=chq&cmp=ibmsocial&cm=h&cr=crossbrand&ccy=us

- Posted by Noel Burke, Digital Strategist, IBM