IBM Drives Cloud, Big Data, Services Into Emerging Markets

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IBM announced a series of wins that indicate wider adoption of Big Blue’s cloud, big data and services solutions in emerging markets.

The Wroclaw University Library, founded in 1811, houses unique documents such as medieval manuscripts and old prints. One of its most valuable treasures is the "Statuta synodalia episcoporum Wratislaviensium,” containing the texts of everyday prayers printed for the first time in Polish by Kasper Elyan in 1475. Other cultural texts include "Legenda major de Beata Hedwigi," published by Konrad Baumgarten in 1504, and early publications of Martin Luther, Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare. The archive also includes thousands of old printed maps, like the handwritten "Portolan Atlas" by famed cartographer Battista Agnese.

Until now, these documents were accessible to only a small number of students and scientists. Through this digitization project, the Wroclaw University Library can now provide access to this material to anyone via the Internet.

IBM designed an IT platform based on IBM System x 3550 M3 servers, IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Disk Systems and IBM System Storage SAN24B-4 Express storage systems. The solution helps collect, preserve, store, manage and index all types of digital content, including text, images, audio, and video. The IBM System Storage Easy Tier function automatically and non-disruptively manages frequently accessed data, eliminating manual intervention when requesting large volumes of information. This means that readers will be able to quickly open, view, retrieve and explore library documents online. The system was implemented at the Wroclaw University Library by ProSystem SA, an IBM business partner.

"Preserving our ancient cultural documents is a major project which opens our Polish cultural heritage to the world," says Grzegorz Dobranowski, business partner organization director for IBM Poland, in a statement.

During the implementation, 1,100 medieval manuscripts were digitized together with old prints, maps and music. More than 140 documents underwent conservation and a 360-page album is about to be published, IBM said.

In the meantime, in a straight up services agreement, IBM and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) recently announced a strategic partnership agreement for BPI to outsource its IT infrastructure services to IBM.

Under the agreement, IBM will take over BPI’s IT network and data center activities. This will allow BPI’s Information Systems team to concentrate on the bank’s strategic initiatives. This engagement will help BPI focus on more strategic business areas while IBM manages its day-to-day IT operations, IBM said.

“The country’s growth trajectory provides BPI with the opportunity to grow,” said President and CEO of BPI Cezar “Bong” P. Consing, in a statement. “The partnership with IBM will help provide the IT infrastructure that is supportive of the bank’s growth objectives.”

Mariels Almeda Winhoffer, president and country general manager for IBM Philippines, said, “IBM will provide smarter, scalable IT services and capabilities that will enhance and accelerate BPI's transformation for growth.”

Founded in 1851, BPI is the Philippines’ third largest bank in terms of assets.