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In brief: Wadhwani resigns from i2 board; IBM and Red Hat in alliance, and more

Romesh Wadhwani has resigned from the Board of Directors of i2 to pursue outside business interests. Wadhwani joined the Board in June 2000 after i2 acquired Aspect Development, where he was the founder and CEO .... The Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) announced the formation of a Blue Ribbon Diversity Panel to establish best practices to advance under-represented groups in the IT industry. The panel will also identify key barriers and challenges to IT workplace diversity, make industry recommendations and consolidate existing research on racial and ethnic minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and older workers in the IT workforce.

IBM and Red Hat have announced a multiyear alliance, including services and expanded support for Linux software and servers. As part of the agreement, Red Hat will deliver Red Hat Linux Advanced Server for IBM's eServer zSeries, iSeries and pSeries. Meanwhile, IBM Global Services will provide support for Red Hat Linux Advanced Server on IBM's entire eServer product line. Red Hat and IBM Global Services will collaborate and package each other's consulting and service offerings. As well, Red Hat will support Red Hat Linux Advanced Server on IBM's eServer zSeries, iSeries and pSeries servers. IBM will make WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli and Lotus software available for Red Hat Linux ... Outsourced application solution provider Surebridge Inc. has appointed Peter J. Boni to the position of chairman and CEO. Boni has been serving as vice chairman and interim CEO of Surebridge since mid-March ... IBM has acquired Holosofx Inc., a privately held provider of business process modeling and monitoring tools. This is the third integration-related acquisition by the IBM Software Group this year, following the acquisition of CrossWorlds Software for business process integration in January and iMetamerge for directory integration in June.

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