IBM launches technology innovation centre in Vietnam

by Editor 5/26/2009 4:03:00 PM
IBM has launched the first IBM Innovation Center in Vietnam, the company announced yesterday. The centre will provide entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business partners and academics in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos with access to workshops, consulting services, technical infrastructure and assistance to help bring new technologies to market.

The new IBM Innovation Center is located in Ho Chi Minh city.

IBM’s goal in opening the centre is to reach into growing nations and boost technology growth, helping local communities develop the skills and technologies to support demand for digital infrastructure in areas such as government industries, telecommunications, energy and banking.

The new centre adds to the growing network of 43 IBM Innovation Centers worldwide, part of the company's $1 billion annual investment into the success of its 100,000 global business partners. The information technology giant has also announced collaborations with leading schools in the region, The University of Technology and The College of Technology at Vietnam National University (VNU).

"IBM continues to make major investments in emerging markets around the world, growing business while helping to develop local ecosystems that advance IT skills and innovation," said Jim Corgel, general manager, IBM ISV and Developer Relations.

"With this IBM Innovation Center and new university collaborations, we are able to make IBM's technical resources and expertise more accessible to fuel innovation and help local businesses and academics compete on a global scale."

"As a growing nation, Vietnam provides vast opportunities for local companies, start-ups, academics and IT professionals," said Vo Tan Long, Country General Manager of IBM Vietnam. "Since 2000, IBM has launched more than a dozen IBM Innovation Centers in emerging nations like Vietnam to drive growth and innovation around IT skills. This country has a wealth of talent, and IBM is committed to help develop the local technical community."


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