IBM said it will provide analytics and mobile insights to electronic parts distributor Premier Farnell through a MobileFirst for iOS app on iPad and iPhone. The company said the offering is aimed at account managers at Premier Farnell.
Premier Farnell employs account managers to visit customers to understand their buying needs and create a quote for components or solutions used to design, maintain and repair electronic systems ranging from tablets to home appliances. IBM said Farnell account managers were unable to provide the customer with an estimate during the initial visit.
To solve this issue, Premier Farnell worked with Apple and IBM to develop a new made-for-business app that redefines the quote build and approval process.
With the new solution in place, IBM said Premier Farnell sales reps will be able to close the deal in the initial customer meeting.
Earlier in the day, IBM said Peace Corps is deploying cloud-based capabilities — using Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) — from IBM to recruit volunteers to boost its talent management program.
The Peace Corps sends its volunteers — on two-year assignments — to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development in the world.
Wednesday, IBM announced its deal with Tata Sky, a broadcast satellite television provider in India, to supply DS8000 hybrid storage system.
Tata Sky’s 30 million customers will gain from the newly launched IBM DS8000 hybrid flash storage that supported the Indian DTH operator to improve response time and queries now return in less than one second, bringing higher efficiencies.
The company has tied up with 21Vianet Group, a carrier-neutral internet data center services provider, to launch Bluemix cloud computing platform in China.
The enterprise IT vendor aims to offer hybrid cloud-driven cognitive, analytics and IOT app development for developers and enterprises in China.
IBM will provide access to Bluemix technologies, while 21Vianet will provide the infrastructure and be responsible for the operation of Bluemix in China. Both companies will build and expand a strong Bluemix ecosystem in China.