IBM announces new analytics software and services

IBM (NYSE:IBM) announced on Thursday new analytics software and services designed to help companies understand and more effectively use intellectual property, scientific literature and molecular data.

IBM (NYSE:IBM) announced on Thursday new analytics software and services designed to help companies understand and more effectively use intellectual property, scientific literature and molecular data.

The IT company said that its cloud computing-based business analytics and optimisation strategic IP insight platform (SIIP) can enable organisations to quickly find and use information in scientific literature and patents by bringing together much of the world’s body of patent information in one place and applying advanced analytics.

Using the IBM SmartCloud, deep analytics tools are applied against patent documents from the US Patent and Trademark Office, European Patent Office and World Intellectual Property Organisation and the public domain portion of scientific abstracts from the US National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database to expose insights about the competitive landscape.

SIIP can be used to identify new market opportunities and potential collaboration partners. It also enhances the ability to manage and monetise Intellectual Property portfolios and helps companies pursue stronger, higher quality patents, IBM said.

IBM Global Business Services also announced on Thursday related consulting and business transformation services for clients using SIIP.

No pricing details were disclosed.

Rogers Communications and Bell Canada agree joint investment in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment

Canadian communications and media company Rogers Communications Inc (TSX:RCI.A) (NYSE:RCI) said today that it has entered into an agreement to invest in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), a Canadian sports and entertainment group.

Canadian communications and media company Rogers Communications Inc (TSX:RCI.A) (NYSE:RCI) said today that it has entered into an agreement to invest in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), a Canadian sports and entertainment group.

Rogers and Canadian telecoms company Bell Canada have agreed to jointly acquire a net 75% stake in MLSE from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

The net cash commitment from Rogers, following a planned leveraged recapitalisation of MLSE, amounts to approximately USD533m for a 37.5% equity interest in the company. The transaction will be funded with cash on hand at closing. At the same time KSI Investments, owned by Larry Tanenbaum, will increase its current 20% ownership interest in MLSE to 25%.

Rogers said that this investment advances its strategy to deliver content anywhere, anytime and on any platform across its broadband and wireless networks and its media assets, while strengthening the value of its sports brand, Sportsnet.

The deal is expected to be completed in mid-2012, subject to regulatory and league approvals.

Bombardier Aerospace appoints Torbjorn Karlsson as vice president of Sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft

Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace (TSX:BBD.A) stated on Thursday that it has appointed Torbjorn (Toby) Karlsson to the position of vice president, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace (TSX:BBD.A) stated on Thursday that it has appointed Torbjorn (Toby) Karlsson to the position of vice president, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

The company said Karlsson will lead the company’s sales team which covers most of the Asia-Pacific region except China, Japan and South Korea and will report to Chet Fuller, senior vice president, Commercial, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Karlsson has over 25 years of aviation experience and was a regional managing partner with Heidrick & Struggles Industrial Practice in the Asia-Pacific. He previously worked with Honeywell Aerospace as vice president, Commercial Aerospace, Asia Pacific.

Earlier Karlsson served as head of Business Development for Cathay Pacific Aircraft Trading Ltd (Hong Kong); regional director, Rockwell Collins (Singapore); sales director, SAAB Aircraft International, Hong Kong; and president of ET Aviation Thailand, based in Bangkok.