A new IBM Innovation Center in Dublin opened on July 11.
It becomes the 34th such center IBM has opened around the world in an effort
to build a network of support centers for midsize
The centers are designed to provide IBM expertise around
open standards technologies to the IT staffs of midsize
companies, said Jim Corgel, IBM’s general manager of
independent software vendor and developer relations.
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The Dublin center opens as the demand for Web-based
collaborative technologies is rising in Europe. Information
technology had the most significant upturn of any industry in
Europe, according to a report released by Ernst & Young and Dow Jones Venture
One. Jessica Canning, director of global research for
Dow Jones Venture One, said in a statement that the interest
in Web 2.0 technology and initial public offerings in
information services companies are fueling this growth.
IBM will use the innovation centers to sponsor workshops on
Web 2.0 best practices, service-oriented architecture (SOA),
and marketing and networking.