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IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced third-quarter 2014 diluted earnings from continuing operations of $3.46 per share, compared with diluted earnings of $3.77 per share in the third-quarter of 2013, a decrease of 8 percent.  Operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings from continuing operations were $3.68 per share compared with operating diluted earnings of $4.08 per share in the third-quarter of 2013, a decrease of 10 percent…

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2002, when Ron Williams became president of the U .S. health care services giant Aetna, the company had just reported an annual loss of $280 million and was on the brink of failure. In 2007, just five years later, Aetna posted net income of $1.8 billion and was named by Fortune magazine the United States’ most admired company in health care. To what does Williams, now CEO and chairman, attribute the company’s turnaround? An intense focus on customers and employees, a companywide embrace of “back to basics” values, and the development and use of a dynamic information technology (IT) platform…

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BMC announced it has joined the Salesforce Analytics Cloud ecosystem with the aim of leveraging analytics to bring a new level of visibility and understanding to Remedyforce. Together, Remedyforce and Salesforce Analytics Cloud will transform data and IT resources into a competitive advantage that enables executives to more fully understand business dynamics for informed strategic decision-making…

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Brocade announced the company is collaborating with VMware to advance solutions that support the New IP by allowing enterprises to more easily transition to software-defined data centers (SDDCs) and adopt network virtualization. Brocade Ethernet and Fibre Channel fabrics will be interoperable with VMware vRealize® Operations™ 6.0 (formerly the VMware® vCenter™ Operations Management Suite™) announced at VMworld® Europe 2014. This interoperability will help enterprises to realize higher performance, automation, reliability and application and data availability in their data centers. Brocade also announced VMware is participating in Brocade Network Subscription, which enables organizations to acquire both network infrastructure and VMware platform solutions on a subscription basis with pay-as-you-go flexibility…

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DB2 is an extremely efficient and scalable relational database, capable of processing thousands of transactions per second through a single DB2 subsystem. By taking advantage of data sharing groups, DB2 can scale, almost linearly, across multiple logical partitions (LPARs), enabling applications to exploit the parallelism inherent in a z/OS sysplex. This allows DB2 applications like those designed to run in CICS MRO or a WebSphere Application Server horizontal cluster to realize a significant increase in throughput due to their ability to load balance across multiple LPARs. But what about batch applications? Is it possible for them to exploit the parallelism in a z/OS sysplex and see an increase in throughput as well?…

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