IBM announced that it is increasingly moving its customers to the IBM SmartCloud.
announced that it is helping customers move workloads to its IBM SmartCloud
to enable them to work
collaboratively and be more productive.
in Orlando, Fla., IBM announced that Newly Weds Foods
is collaborating on
the IBM SmartCloud to help its chefs create recipes adopted by its tens of
thousands of clients globally. And IBM also is helping students at York
University's Schulich School of Business
develop leadership skills by learning
to collaborate on course work virtually in the cloud.
to IBM, chefs at Newly Weds Foods have reduced department travel and meeting
costs by 10 percent using the IBM
SmartCloud for Social Business
services. The cloud services enable them to
easily collaborate and share information and ideas online, including new
region-appropriate recipes and menus as well as ingredients such as sauces,
batters, breading and seasonings.
its network of R&D, manufacturing and service facilities, which include 27
plants and 19 regional laboratories globally, Newly Weds Foods needed to find a
way to more quickly accommodate the regional differences, food preparations and
ingredient availability of its food manufacturing and food service industry
clients. IBM's SmartCloud services facilitate online meetings, social
networking, brainstorming and online information sharing, saving Newly
Weds Foods time and money spent on travel expenses, teleconference fees and
with IBM is helping Newly Weds Foods become a social business, connecting our
many resources across the globe in an effort to bring better products to our
customers," said Bob Brindza, manager of management information systems
(MIS) at Newly Weds Foods, in a statement.
SmartCloud for Social Business portfolio features social networking, online
collaboration tools and email as a service. It can help businesses of all sizes
reduce IT costs, increase productivity and save money.
announced at Lotusphere 2012 the new IBM
SmartCloud for Social Business
, which simplifies access to business-grade
file sharing, social networking, communities, online meetings, instant
messaging, email and calendar. In addition, IBM SmartCloud for Social Business
will deliver a cloud-based productivity suite allowing users to co-edit
documents in real time.
Weds Foods' MIS department has also reduced expenses by using the IBM service.
Instead of traveling to teach remote employees and new divisions how to use new
and existing technology tools, the MIS manager now conducts the training from
the comfort of his office, saving both time and travel expenses. The research and
development department recently started using the service as well.
IBM clients collaborating in the cloud include AA Translation
and York University's Schulich School of Business in Canada.
instance, in the fall of 2011, 400 students enrolled in "Management
1000" at the Schulich School of Business used IBM's social networking
services to aid their semester-long project of creating a comprehensive
business plan. The students used the IBM SmartCloud for Social Business
portfolio for online meetings, file sharing, decision making, workload sharing
and overall project management.
students were already familiar with consumer social networking sites, but this
project exposed them to how people communicate and collaborate in a real-world
business setting," Jean Adams, a professor at the school, said in a
statement. "Exposure to IBM social networking and cloud computing better
prepares my students for employment in leading edge, technologically advanced
work places when they graduate in four years' time."
meetings were used frequently since many of the students lived off campus and
far apart. IBM SmartCloud for Social Business helped the students quickly get
to know each other so that they could effectively collaborate to develop and
complete their business plan projects.
used the social networking capabilities in IBM
SmartCloud to share, track and vote on new business ideas. In
addition, they worked in teams to create online communities, share files, set
up activities, create action items, monitor project timelines, assign tasks and
deadlines, and participate in meetings arranged by each team's designated
technical expert. Using the IBM tool, instead of a consumer social networking service
such as Facebook, allowed the students to collaborate in a confidential and
more structured, businesslike manner, IBM said.
use of cloud services is on the rise. According to Forrester
, cloud computing will grow from a $41 billion business in 2010 to
$241 billion in 2020. It can help businesses of all sizes reduce IT costs,
increase productivity and save money.