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Announcing Canadian-based Shield Advanced Solutions has become Remain’s newest partner providing their software and services in the marketplace. Shield and Remain technical teams have collaborated on several projects. Says Chris Hird Director, “It makes perfect sense. We see Remain’s change management solutions as a valuable addition to our portfolio.”

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Free 2-day forum clarifies strategic options for IBM i CIO

Seiden Group today announces that the next IBM i CIO Summit will feature a talk by special guest Heidi Schmidt, a leader in IT generational change and knowledge transfer, in addition to peer discussions and a face-to-face briefing by an IBM i executive. The CIO Summit, which is free to a limited number of CIOs and IT Directors with responsibility for application development, will take place March 23-24, 2020 in Dallas.

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By joining LOT Network - a non-profit community of companies committed to protecting against the action of Patent Assertion Entities - IBM strengthens LOT's mission with over 80,000 additional patents and patent applications

IBM today announced a major step in its dedication to open innovation and responsible stewardship of technology by joining LOT Network Inc, a non-profit community of companies that builds a protective barrier for its members against patent assertion entities (PAEs).

PAEs acquire patents from third parties and some then try to make money through litigation against potential infringers. This can prove not only costly, but can also hamper innovation. LOT Network contains more than two million patent assets. If any of these falls into the hands of a PAE, LOT Network members receive a license to that patent, meaning the PAE will not be able to sue members for alleged infringement of that patent.

IBM's membership in LOT Network supports the protection of innovations for IBM and its ecosystem of customers, developers and like-minded companies across the industry. With today's news, IBM is adding over 80,000 patents and patent applications under the protection of LOT Network, shielding those patents from PAEs and encouraging industry-wide open innovation.

In 2019, IBM acquired LOT Network founding member Red Hat, the world's leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions. In helping to create LOT Network, Red Hat sought to protect innovation in the open source community, and showed that it was a responsible patent steward by agreeing to license its patents to other LOT Network members should its patents fall into the hands of a PAEs.

"As the largest recipient of patents in the U.S. each year for more than a quarter-century, IBM has continued to push the boundaries of innovation, improving the way we live and work, through some of the most disruptive technologies," said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president, Cloud and Cognitive Software, IBM. "Through our membership in LOT Network, we are joining a group of like-minded organizations, including Red Hat, that see strong value in protecting the traditional uses of patents, while fostering open innovation for today and the future."

"IBM is a welcome addition to the LOT Network's community of 600-plus companies," said Ken Seddon, CEO, LOT Network. "IBM has a strong track record of patenting innovation, and a sophisticated IP business. By joining LOT network, they are providing a way for companies to mitigate risk from PAEs, in direct alignment with the mission of LOT, strengthening our collective ability to mitigate patent abuse."

IBM Garage underpins Bank of China’s first Global Innovation Lab

Bank of China (BOC) and IBM today announced that they will expand their existing relationship to co-create a new innovation model for the financial industry. The two parties will collaborate on the digital transformation, customer experience enhancement, business innovation, eco-system construction and cognitive technology deployment to accelerate the Bank’s digital transformation and the implementation of BOC’s innovation-driven strategy.

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Companies to expand relationship to enable moving AT&T Business applications to IBM Cloud

IBM to make AT&T Business Primary Provider of Software Defined Networking

IBM and AT&T today announced a multi-year strategic alliance. Under the agreement AT&T Communications will use IBM's expertise to modernize AT&T Business Solutions' internal software applications, enabling migrations to the IBM Cloud. In addition, IBM will provide infrastructure to support AT&T Business's applications. AT&T Business will utilize Red Hat's open source platform to manage workloads and applications. The improvements will allow AT&T Business to better serve enterprise customers.

IBM will also make AT&T Business its primary provider of software defined networking. AT&T Business will help transform IBM's networking solutions with their latest technologies including 5G, Edge Compute, and IOT as well as multi-cloud capabilities using Red Hat. This builds on the existing relationship where AT&T Business is IBM's strategic global networking provider.

"In AT&T Business, we're constantly evolving to better serve business customers around the globe by securely connecting them to the digital capabilities they need," said Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO of AT&T Business. "This includes optimizing our core operations and modernizing our internal business applications to accelerate innovation. Through our collaboration with IBM, we're adopting open, flexible, cloud technologies, that will ultimately help accelerate our business leadership."

IBM will be the primary developer and cloud provider for AT&T Business's operational applications and will help manage the AT&T Communications IT infrastructure, on and off-premises and across different clouds –private and public.  This approach will enable AT&T Business to build and deploy internal application workloads, and deliver new, innovative services.

The two companies will also collaborate on edge computing platforms, which will help enterprise clients capitalize on the power of 5G network speeds and the internet-connected devices and sensors at the edge of the network. Using 5G, enterprises will one day be able to rapidly transmit data to and from multiple clouds and billions of edge devices with increased reliability and security, reduced latency and dramatic improvements in bandwidth. This will eventually help businesses transform the user experience for their customers and optimize processes across industries from retail to financial services, transportation to manufacturing, to healthcare and beyond.

AT&T Business has a strong commitment to utilizing open source technologies. As part of the relationship, AT&T Business will continue to use Red Hat's open source platform to manage the workloads associated with AT&T Business's internal applications. On the heels of IBM's recent Red Hat acquisition, AT&T Business will have even greater access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift platforms as the foundation for workload portability and interoperability across any vendor's cloud, on or off premises.

"Building on IBM's 20-year relationship with AT&T, today's agreement is another major step forward in delivering flexibility to AT&T Business so it can provide IBM and its customers with innovative services at a faster pace than ever before," said Arvind Krishna, Senior Vice President, Cloud and Cognitive Software, IBM. "We are proud to collaborate with AT&T Business, provide the scale and performance of our global footprint of cloud data centers, and deliver a common environment on which they can build once and deploy in any one of the appropriate footprints to be faster and more agile."

The agreement between IBM and AT&T was signed in IBM's Q2, 2019.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

This news release may contain certain non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations between the non-GAAP financial measures and the GAAP financial measures are available on the AT&T website at https://investors.att.com.

About IBM
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*About AT&T Communications
We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation's fastest wireless network.** And according to America's biggest test, we have the nation's best wireless network.*** We're building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and WatchTV, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve nearly 3 million global businesses –nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

 

Makers of LaserVault software solutions for IBM Power Systems

The maker of LaserVault software solutions, Electronic Storage Corporation (ESC), marks their 30th anniversary in the data storage industry this year. As an IBM Business Partner, ESC has developed their solutions alongside the evolution of the System 36, AS/400, iSeries, System i, Power Systems family of products.

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The leader in IBM i business modernization software will announce the general availability of NodeRun, a full-stack enterprise Node.js development platform, and new Profound UI development capabilities at the conference. Attendees can see the products in action at booth #315 in the Expo.

Profound Logic, an innovator in enterprise modernization and transformation solutions, will announce exciting new products and capabilities at the 2019 COMMON POWERUp Conference and Exposition at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

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