IBM consolidates local R&D efforts to create super lab

IBM has consolidated its existing Australian development facilities to form the Australia Development Laboratory with more than 420 development and support staff.

The consolidation will provide Asia-Pacific clients that are looking for cross-brand IBM solutions with a one-stop shop to innovate and grow their business, according to an IBM spokesman.

The lab will act as a gateway for clients to tap into the know-how of hundreds of IBM software, services, systems and research labs around the world, according to newly appointed lab director Glenn Wightwick.

"By connecting all of our labs, we can reuse assets and knowledge developed for one client or on one research or development project with hundreds of other clients around the world," he said.

The Australia Development Laboratory will encompass IBM's existing development facilities in Canberra, the Gold Coast, Perth and Sydney. "As a global company, IBM needs to get access to the best software engineers and technical specialists, wherever they are in the world," Wightwick said.

"Australia is a mature IT market with significant depth of skill in research, development and innovation. This new structure will bring IBM's Australian facilities in line with top labs around the world."

The Australia Development Laboratory will also give developers opportunities to get closer to clients and observe first-hand how their ideas could be practically applied in the workplace.

This is IBM's eighth major development announcement in 12 months, including a Linux centre in Brazil and tech lab in China.

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