Sales at IBM fall for the 21st quarter, as heavy investments in AI and cloud fails to make good on legacy decline
The scale of the task ahead for IBM’s Ginni Rometty is clear after Big Blue disappointed Wall Street with its weak quarterly results.
The results revealed a decline in both profits and sales, and matters were made even worse by the fact that revenues from its cloud division also declined in the second quarter.
IBM has been banking heavily on its cloud, artificial Read more [...]
IBM just announced WebSphere Commerce v8!
At a glance IBM WebSphere Commerce V8.0 enhancements include the capability to:
Let merchandisers and marketers deepen customer engagement, drive customer loyalty, increase revenues, and improve profitability with an improved business user environment.
Help deliver a better customer service and support experience.
Provide a software platform upgrade to the latest web application server, database, and integrated developer environment, and incorporate Read more [...]
M&S this morning unveiled its new-look website, shaped around its customers over the course of more than two years of testing. The site is built, for the first time, on its own platform (IBM WebSphere Commerce) instead of the Amazon platform it traded on for many years.
M&S says today’s launch of its new-look desktop site that extends into the store and onto social media, is a milestone in its strategy to move from a traditional British retailer into an international, multichannel one. Read more [...]
IBM launched Commerce as a Service a few months ago and they have one of their first live customers:
As anyone who knows Commerce will recognise - it looks very much like the starter store that was introduced in Feature Pack 5, called Aurora. That is no bad thing as Aurora looks pretty good out of the box and works on all modern form factors.
It will be interesting to see some of the next batch of customer sites. We will keep you updated... Read more [...]
Boots is gearing up for a Christmas of convenience as it ramps up its multichannel offer, according to new UK managing director for health and beauty Simon Roberts.
Boots is introducing iPads in all of its stores to allow customers to search for and compare products and watch demonstrations.
Boots introduced its next-day click-and-collect service over the summer, when it also launched Irish website Boots.ie.
“Tap into Boots is about how much more accessible we can be in the physical Read more [...]
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Back in 2001, IBM changed history by announcing the investment of a staggering $1 Billion dollars for the fledgling Linux operating system, which Big Blue hoped to provision as a competitor to Windows, Solaris, Unix, and other enterprise-grade systems. The massive investment of system integration and development time brought Linux into the corporate server room, where it has flourished ever since.
Now IBM is proposing to invest another $1 Billion for another round of Linux development. The new Read more [...]
Debenhams has increased its expansion and online targets after it reported full-year profits rose both in the UK and overseas.
Group pre-tax profits rose 4.2% to £158.3m in the year to September 1.
UK sales rose 2.6% to £2.2bn while like-for-like sales excluding VAT rose 2% in the department store chain’s domestic market.
International sales rose 2.7% to £503.4m while like-for-likes surged 4.6%. Group sales rose 2.6% to £2.7bn with like-for-likes up 2.5%.
Group online sales increased Read more [...]
Argos, which uses IBM's WebSphere Commerce platform to run their online services, has announced plans to reposition itself as a ‘digitally-led business’ in the face of falling sales and profits.
The new plan, which will cost around £300m over the next three years, involves reducing the emphasis on catalogues as well as closing or relocating 75 stores.
In the 26 weeks to the beginning of September Argos' multichannel increased to 51% of total sales, while online ‘check & reserve’, Read more [...]
The first set of adverts lays out the need for smarter commerce and what the approach involves. “Consumers have become more empowered and demanding in what has become an ever increasingly digital world, while companies’ efforts to keep up with them are lagging behind,” says Nick. “Using print advertising in the first instance, a long-copy ‘opinion editorial’ style advert will launch in the Financial Times on Saturday 21 January, with further insertions planned in The Economist.“Following Read more [...]