IBM Opens Innovation Center In The Philippines
The new center aims to help the local business and academic communities to build skills and develop new technologies that support demand for digital infrastructure projects in banking, energy, telecommunications, transportation, retail and government industries.
According to IBM, the center located at the UP-Ayala Techno Hub in Commonwealth, Quezon City in Metro Manila, will provide entrepreneurs, business partners, venture capitalists and academics across the nation with access to training workshops, consulting services, a broad technical infrastructure, and hands-on assistance to help bring new technologies to market.
IBM claims that the Manila IBM Innovation Center will help support new opportunities by providing technical experts and customized hands-on support to test and validate users' software technologies before they go to market. The center also will offer training and access to open standards-based and emerging technologies such as cloud computing, Web 2.0 technologies, service oriented architecture, analytics, and computing designs with energy and environmental benefits.
James Velasquez, country general manager of IBM Philippines, said: “As a growing nation, the country provides vast opportunities for local companies, large enterprises, start-ups, academics and IT professionals. In 2009 alone, IBM has launched six IBM Innovation Centers in emerging nations including the Philippines to drive growth and innovation around IT skills.”
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