IBM Taps Startups in European Cloud Expansion
Moreover, IBM's European expansion is attracting new customers from the ranks of young companies across the region. For instance, in Poland, CI Games, a computer-gaming developer, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment products with sales in more than 40 countries worldwide. To improve the quality of its multiplayer online gaming service, CI Games migrated its multiplayer game services to SoftLayer. With IBM Cloud, CI Games has improved service quality for its customers, reduced IT costs, increased service availability and increased agility to deliver new multiplayer games, IBM said. Also in Poland, startup Telemedi.co used IBM Cloud to deploy a platform to store data and enable consultations with doctors via Web or mobile device. With Bluemix and SoftLayer, Telemedi.co gained greater scalability and reliability for its platform, enabling it to grow traction by 10 times in one year, and increase customer satisfaction and trust by 20 percent. "We are now expanding our operations to other European markets. By using IBM Cloud we can do it seamlessly and make sure our customers get the best service no matter in which country they operate," said Pawel Sieczkiewicz, CTO of Telemedi.co, in a statement. "We probably would not have attempted such a large move without relying on IBM Cloud." In the Czech Republic, emerging business Kodarna relied on IBM Cloud to develop and host a mobile video app called "Silent Line" that enables deaf people to communicate with a call center using sign language or plain text to request emergency services from any mobile device. Based in part on its adoption of Bluemix and SoftLayer, Kodarna's business grew 30 percent over the past year, IBM said.And in Slovenia, Acceleration Business City (ABC), a private business accelerator, selected IBM Cloud as its primary platform to provide students, researchers and entrepreneurs with a place for networking, gaining business expertise and developing go-to-market strategies. ABC transitioned to the IBM Cloud to build a platform to provide small businesses and startups with access to mobile, big data and Watson services that accelerate the creation of new solutions, IBM said.
Meanwhile, in Russia, navigation services provider Navigine relied on IBM Cloud to roll out its indoor navigation platform for a fire department customer in less than two days. For firefighters, the platform collects and analyzes data from multiple sources within buildings where GPS navigation is not reliable. With SoftLayer, Navigine can rapidly scale server capacity and easily integrate their services with Bluemix.