IBM invests in SOA centre for Australia

Set to open in 2007

IBM has selected Australia for the establishment of an Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Centre.

IBM is opening seven centres across the globe with the Australian facility used to assist local business with SOA implementation and planning.

Centres will also be established in France, China, India, Japan, Brazil, Beijing, Central Europe and Dubai.

The Australian centre is expected to open in June 2007, however, an IBM spokesperson said exact details such as cost and location were yet to be finalized.

More information is expected to be available next month.

The spokesperson said the centre is an extension of IBM's existing SOA resources in Australia, including 600 SOA-trained employees.

She said while global centres such as those in China and India are "slight exceptions" as they focus on developing reusable industry-specific Web services for the financial industry and government, the Australian centre will inevitably provide SOA training and assistance for the local market.

The centres will develop SOA locally by undertaking work with local universities in constructing SOA courses and will create proof of concept teams to demonstrate results.

Support for the centres has come from the financial industry and government (China, Brazil), insurance and healthcare industries (India), telecommunications (France), automotive manufacturing (Japan)

The China and India centres will each employ about 500 staff, while the Dubai facility plans to house about 26 staff.

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