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IBM Turns Cheek, Takes On China's Problems

IBM sales are down in China, but the company is doubling down with a 10-year initiative to address the country's energy and environmental problems.

One of 30 wind farms in China said to be using IBM predictive capabilities for performance tuning and energy output forecasting.
One of 30 wind farms in China said to be using IBM predictive capabilities for performance tuning and energy output forecasting.

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PedroGonzales
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7/9/2014 | 8:06:13 PM
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I have many friends from China.   The pollution in China is terrible, specially in major cities.  I'm happy that the government and IBM are working together in solving this problem.  The lesson from China can easily be applied in other countries. 
danielcawrey
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7/7/2014 | 11:46:16 PM
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China has long been able to leverage American technology to build its infrastructure. Yet I think that the issues of Huawei in the United States have cooled business relations to some degree. 

We're going to see Chian flex its economic and military might this century, but I think that the country still holds US-based companies in high regard. And that obviosly includes IBM, as this deal shows. China has some serious issues as a result of rapid moderniztion that hopefully IBM can help them fix. 
Lorna Garey
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7/7/2014 | 5:21:48 PM
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This is pretty impressive: "the Chinese government has committed to reducing the country's carbon footprint by 40% to 45% by 2020 compared with 2005 levels." 
D. Henschen
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7/7/2014 | 2:48:49 PM
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One point is that IBM already has smart-grid, power forecasting, and polution-tracking technologies -- so it's not in the "work the kinks out" stage. What's more, whatever IBM learns in China implementations will likely be usable elsewhere.
Lorna Garey
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7/7/2014 | 2:45:40 PM
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So the Lenovo link doesn't buy IBM any goodwill in China?! 

Maybe by the time IBM irons out the kinks in this Green system, the US will have woken up and smelled the carbon and be ready to invest.
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