Gartner to buy back its shares from ValueAct

IT research and advisory company Gartner Inc (NYSE:IT) has agreed to purchase ValueAct Capital Partners’ remaining holdings in Gartner common stock, the company said today.

IT research and advisory company Gartner Inc (NYSE:IT) has agreed to purchase ValueAct Capital Partners’ remaining holdings in Gartner common stock, the company said today.

Gartner will pay USD35.20 per share, a 3.5% discount to Monday’s closing price, for 1,648,434 shares. The total cost is just over USD58m.

This transaction will form part of Gartner’s USD500m share repurchase programme, leaving approximately USD295m available for share repurchases.

British Airways confirms Christmas items allowed on aircraft

British Airways on Friday announced what Christmas items are and aren’t allowed on its aircraft this festive period.

British Airways on Friday announced what Christmas items are and aren’t allowed on its aircraft this festive period.

Unwrapped Christmas presents may be taken as hand luggage if they do not exceed the hand baggage allowance. Christmas crackers are not allowed on any flight out of London City Airport and on other services a maximum of two boxes per passenger of commercially manufactured crackers in the original packaging for personal use are permitted. These should be placed in checked baggage only.

Party poppers and sparklers are not allowed on any British Airways aircraft, either in hand or checked luggage.

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.

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.

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.

NEC and Telefonica launch APLICATECA cloud services in Argentina

IT and network technologies provider NEC Corporation (TSE:6701) announced on Wednesday that communications company Telefonica has launched APLICATECA cloud services in Argentina, using NEC’s cloud platform.

IT and network technologies provider NEC Corporation (TSE:6701) announced on Wednesday that communications company Telefonica has launched APLICATECA cloud services in Argentina, using NEC’s cloud platform.

No financial details were disclosed.

According to the company, Telefonica is now approaching its customers with a new option based on the SaaS business system (Software as a Service), designed to facilitate access to a variety of digital applications and services where the customer pays for the number of licenses that are used.

Initially, the operator aims to support small and medium sized businesses in Latin America by breaking down the current entry barriers to new technologies and IT applications.

Vordel and Cigital partner to help address challenges of integrating and securing mobile apps

Vordel, a provider of gateways for SOA and cloud computing, said today that it has formed a partnership with software security consulting firm Cigital.

Vordel, a provider of gateways for SOA and cloud computing, said today that it has formed a partnership with software security consulting firm Cigital.

The two companies are planning to provide solutions and advice to organisations seeking to deploy business services on mobile platforms, enabling firms to implement best practice security for mobile application integration, in addition to satisfying regulatory compliance and governance policies.

According to Vordel and Cigital this partnership addresses the security deficit for mobile apps, where many organisations lack the basic security and integration skills necessary to successfully expose internal applications to mobile devices.

No financial details were disclosed.

Lieutenant-Colonel (ret) Jean-Marc Dufour joins board of directors of CATSA

The Canadian Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities the Honourable Denis Lebel and the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Canada’s Minister of State (Transport), on Wednesday announced the appointment of Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Jean-Marc Dufour to the board of directors of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

The Canadian Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities the Honourable Denis Lebel and the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Canada’s Minister of State (Transport), on Wednesday announced the appointment of Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Jean-Marc Dufour to the board of directors of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

Dufour will serve on the board for a three-year term, with effect from 1 December 2011.

Currently manager of the Bagotville Airport, Dufour has held several appointments within the North American Air Defence Command (NORAD) and served as chief, Air Defense Operations Center and assistant command director of the NORAD Command Center, as well as Canadian defence attache for Central America and the Caribbean at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico.