IBM plans to boost software development at its operations in Ireland by investing €46 million (NZ$97 million) and hiring 300 new workers in Dublin.
The monetary investment will go towards expanding IBM’s Dublin software development operation and launching a Business Incubation Centre. The incubation centre’s goal is to foster collaboration among IBM, universities, small and medium-sized businesses, and the government, in order to identify new technology opportunities.
The new positions will include software developers as well as staff who will help grow IBM’s supply chain operations.
IBM will also expand its Dublin Software Lab by creating centres where customers and business partners can visit to learn about SOA (service-oriented architecture), IBM’s integration with SAP products and IBM healthcare software.
IBM currently employs 3,200 people in Ireland and earlier this year opened an RFID and wireless centre to test and develop wireless products and services.
IBM also used the announcement of the investment and staffing plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary in Ireland.
The announcement comes just weeks after the Irish Government unveiled a new strategy for science and technology innovation, including €3.8 billion in investment through to 2013. This is aimed, in part, at encouraging students to pursue maths and science education, so that companies like IBM can continue to find suitable workforcers in Ireland.