IBM Opens Development Hub in India

By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2006-03-08 Print this article Print

The company's Global Business Solution Centre, located in Bangalore, will be a source for componentized applications that can be deployed worldwide across different industries.

In a further demonstration of IBMs commitment to doing business in India, IBM Global Services the week of March 6 opened up a center in Bangalore for the development of standard, componentized applications that can be used by IGS customers worldwide in a variety of industries. India, which boasts 38,500 IBM employees, ranks only behind the United States in IBM workforce strength. Although IGS has delivery centers throughout the world, the new Bangalore facility, called the Global Business Solution Centre, is the first hub for the development of application components that can be used by different customers in different industries.
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"This is the hub in which we will develop solutions that we can replicate from one client to another. It is the hub from which people collaborate with the business consultants around the world and the research labs around the world. This is the hub from which all the coordination will happen," said Matthew Porta, Global Solutions Leader for IBM Business Consulting Services. IBM, based in Armonk, N.Y., will use its SOA (service-oriented architecture) technology to build solutions in collaboration with IBM clients and business partners. At the Bangalore center, IBM consultants will develop and deploy solutions in 50 business areas such as consumer-driven supply chain optimization, banking risk and compliance, and retail merchandising. "Before, we would fund the team in the country in which they were operating. Earlier, there might be a solution developed for the retail industry in France—and another for the auto industry in the United States. Now, well develop once at the hub. We can cross-pollinate across industries," said Jeby Cherian, head of the Global Business Solution Centre. Read more here about IBMs expansion in India. "We can create more solutions faster and create components that are higher-value," Porta said. He said the benefit to IBM is lower cost and reduced risk of delivery. IBM has already served several customers through this approach. For example, Maersk Logistics, the international freight carrier, is using an application called Secure Trade Lanes that was created for it by IBM. The system includes wireless tracking devices and a network for use by manufacturers, retailers, logistics providers, carriers and governments to share information about cargo in real time. "The work weve done for Maersk could be used multiple times," Porta said. IBM chose to locate the new center in Bangalore because of the skilled work force in the area and because IBM already has a significant presence there, Cherian said. IBM plans on investing $200 million annually in the centers work. About 300 employees will staff the facility to start, although that number will grow as business increases, an IBM spokesperson said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.
Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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