Technology giant IBM has opened three regional offices in India as part of its ongoing geographic expansion in the country.
IBM’s new offices in Dehradun (north India), Guwahati (eastern India) and Raipur (central India) provide IBM with a footprint of 18 branch offices across India to date.
The company is focused on increasing its presence in smaller and rapidly developing Indian cities as part of its plan to establish a presence in 40 Indian cities by 2013, and to deliver more advanced technologies and services to its clients and partners across the country.
Businesses and government organisations in these regions are turning to IT to cut costs and gain competitive advantage, resulting in IBM experiencing demand for security, information management, cloud computing and business analytics solutions.
IBM India partnerships
IBM is also investing in the Indian education system as part of its growth strategy. The company is establishing partnerships and academic initiatives especially to support the growth of open-source technologies. IBM’s partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Guwahati to foster innovation and promote local technology talent is one such example.
“We recognise the role of technology and innovation in driving economic and societal development,” said Dr Gautam Baruah, director IIT Guwahati, who inaugurated IBM’s Guwahati branch office.
“The Indian Institute of Technology in Guwahati is committed to developing a next generation of business and technology skills which are in line with today’s business requirements. IBM has been closely working with IIT and other universities across the country to improve and evolve IT skills based on open standards and we look forward to increasing our partnership, especially in emerging fields such as cloud computing and business analytics.”
Nipun Mehrotra, vice-president, General Business, Geographic Expansion, IBM India/South Asia, said these are dynamic times for Indian regional development and there is tremendous market potential in the cities in which IBM is expanding its business.