IBM announced this week the opening of a new Technology Centre in Sydney to help independent software vendor’s (ISV’s) port applications to IBM hardware and software.

One of five centres in the Asia-Pacific region and the first of it’s kind in Australia, IBM claim the AU$10 million dollar centre in Sydney will give ISV’s a chance to have their applications available to the global market.

Talking from the launch on Tuesday Phillip Bullock, CEO and Managing Director of IBM Australia said

-The next phase of e-business, on demand computing, would be driven by software and hardware based on open standards, rather than tied to any one vendor’s platform.”

The centre has been designed to service Australian developers not only in Sydney but nation-wide using VPN technology. This same technology will allow teams from around the world to work on projects 24 hours 7 days a week.

What will this mean to Australian developers? The centre will allow ISV’s to have access to education on emerging technologies, complete benchmarking and performance tests and port applications to IBM platforms.

-The centre brings a number of previously separate activities together under one roof with substantially better facilities and technology. Since the doors opened already more than 40 software vendors have used the centre’s porting capabilities.” Bullock said.

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