IBM Expands its Software Development Lab in Ireland

Great to see investment from IBM into Europe

IBM today announced new investments for its Ireland Development Lab to produce intelligent software, which help lower cost of operations; generate intelligence for quick growth; and build closer business relationships with customers, partners and colleagues. New jobs will be created for high value software engineering work at the lab, which addresses real-world issues such as environment protection projects and maritime affairs.

IBM will have up to 100 new roles in Dublin, Cork and Galway — including new opportunities for technology graduates — in an Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland supported investment of up to euro 25 million over the next three years. These software engineers will focus on designing enterprise cloud computing software, as well as Service Management and database software with business analytic capabilities.

“Today’s announcement highlights Ireland as an important place to help fulfill our global research, development and business strategy,” said Michael Daly, General Manager, IBM Ireland. “The software will be standardized and customized by customer demands.”

I particularly like the focus on new Cloud/SaaS technology development:

IBM will expand the lab in three main areas including information development, database and cloud computing software:

— creating a new cloud computing software development team to work on IBM LotusLive offerings, which is a suite of cloud-delivered online technologies for business. LotusLive provides essential collaboration services to simplify and improve daily business interactions with customers, partners and colleagues. Designed with security in mind, LotusLive Connections and LotusLive Engage provide social networking capabilities such as Web conferencing, file storing and sharing, content management, live chat, and business forms.

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!