IBM will spend US$40 million (NZ$65 million) over the next three years building and staffing an advanced technology lab in Russia.
The move is part of what IBM chief executive Sam Palmisano calls a “globally integrated enterprise” where money and resources are used to grow new technology and business regardless of location.
The Russian lab is the fourth major development operation announced by IBM in recent months. Other new facilities include a Linux tech-nology centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a solutions and technology centre in Bangalore, India and a mainframe development lab in Shanghai, China. In addition, IBM announced recently that it will spend US$6 billion (NZ$9.8 billion) in India on research and development in the next three years. IBM has around 43,000 employees in India, up from 9,000 at the beginning of 2004.
The Russian lab will focus on developing mainframe technology for corporate and scientific computing. IBM has long had an interest in tapping Russian software engineers and earlier this year it announced an initiative to attract more Russian developers.
It established developerWorks Russia, a Russian-language version of the company’s technical resource programme for developers, including a website. Developers can access tools, download source code and obtain access to educational programmes on a range of IBM software and hardware as well as Linux and Java.