IBM announced the opening of its first IBM Innovation Center in Mexico, which is also its first center opening of 2011.
has announced its presence in a key growth market by opening the first new IBM Innovation Center
of 2011 in Mexico
March 15 announcement marks the seventh Innovation Center IBM
has opened in growth markets over the past two years, after Brazil,
Africa and Romania.
At the same time, IBM is launching its
Global Entrepreneur program in Mexico,
offering local entrepreneurs no-cost access to IBM
resources and experts to help bring new technologies to market.
opened this first Innovation Center
in Mexico as
part of its efforts to fuel global innovation. At the opening, local startups,
venture capitalists, developers and academics gathered at the center to begin
building new skills that will drive innovation across industries such as
banking, communications, health care, retail and government.
joins a worldwide network of 39 IBM
Innovation Centers in 32 countries. The center is the first to open in 2011, as
IBM marks its centennial anniversary and
84-year presence in Mexico.
Through this network, IBM connects local
companies and entrepreneurs with technical and industry experts around the
world and can support growth with introductions into new markets. And, as of
the center's opening, IBM will offer Mexican
startup companies no-charge access to IBM
software, researchers, and technical and business experts to help develop and
launch new business ideas through the IBM
Global Entrepreneur initiative.
is experiencing significant growth in IT opportunities," said Hugo
Santana, general manager of IBM Mexico, in a
statement. "With access to the right skills and resources, we can build a
stronger Mexican IT community that is prepared to compete on the global IT
analyst firm BMI predicts IT spending in Mexico
will continue to increase 11 percent in 2011 to $13.6 billion. This IT growth
is fueled by new government services and support infrastructure projects and
growing interest in cloud computing across many industries. While the Mexican
software opportunity is projected to grow in 2011, an estimated 80 percent of
the $2.5 billion spent on software will be imported.
the IBM Global Entrepreneur initiative
launching in Mexico
provides startups with no-charge access to industry-specific technologies in a
cloud computing environment and access to IBM's
research community and sales, marketing and technical resources. This program
has helped launch more than 500 new businesses worldwide, many in key growth
markets, by providing technical expertise, coaching and mentoring in areas such
as business model development and marketing, IBM
held Mexican startups in business for less than three years and actively
developing software aligned with IBM's
Smarter Planet focus are eligible to join the program to receive access to IBM
software and dedicated project managers to assist in product development, IBM
as part of its efforts to help support the burgeoning Mexican technical
community, IBM is helping develop curricula
and provide no-cost access to software, hardware and industry experts at higher
education institutions such as Tecnologico de Monterrey, Universidad Nacional
Autonoma de M??Â«xico and Instituto Politecnico Nacional.
addition, IBM officials said the company has
seen substantial growth among Mexican IT professionals taking advantage of IBM
developerWorks, the largest and most visited global site to gain technology
skills. More than 26,000 unique Mexican IT professionals visited developerWorks
each month in 2010, gaining access to software tools and code, IT standards and
best practices, and skills training in IBM
and open-source technologies such as Linux, Java, XML and cloud computing.
IBM's Smarter Planet strategy has resonated
with customers and its business partners, the company has seen its Mexican
business partner community grow by 30 percent since the beginning of 2009. In
the past two years, more than 200 new Mexican companies have become IBM
business partners, adding to a group now totaling more than 800 Mexican
independent software vendors, solution integrators and resellers today.
Soluciones, a Mexico-based provider of case management solutions for government
and an IBM Business Partner, has received
resources from IBM to test and validate its
technology with the latest IBM software at
support from the IBM
we've been able to broaden our knowledge in IBM
technology and grow our pipeline," said Sonia Mendoza, director of sales
at MEVE Soluciones, in a statement. "The Mexico IBM
Innovation Center will provide an immense resource to our business and the
hundreds of other local IT companies through education, IT and marketing
resources, and the ability to host customer engagements with IBM
here in our own backyard."
2010, IBM Innovation Centers assisted more
than 24,000 business partners with workshops, seminars and consultations to
help build their skills and develop solutions on open standards and IBM
technologies. The centers offer training and access to open standards-based and
emerging technologies such as cloud computing, mobile computing, business
analytics and industry-focused solutions.