IBM opens new branch in Visakhapatnam

IBM has opened its branch office in Visakhapatnam, Andhra
Pradesh, in South India, as part of the company’s expansion initiative to
increase its presence in key growth markets.

In 2011 IBM has opened six new branch offices in India as
it expands its reach to smaller, rapidly developing cities as part of its plan
to establish a presence in over 40 cities across India/South Asia by 2013.


Visakhapatnam, a port city in South India, has
experienced rapid economic growth in recent years due to the development of
petroleum, steel, fertilizer and IT industries.

IBM has been present in Visakhapatnam since 2007 through
its global delivery centre that provides IBM services to clients around the
world. The opening of the new branch office in Viskhapatnam will give a boost
to IBM’s business in the region enabling it to strengthen its relationships
with clients and partners and provide solutions and services in high growth
areas such as information management, IT security, cloud computing and business

Companies and governments in regional cities
are looking to IT as a way to further drive innovation and optimization.
and medium enterprises have long been the engines driving economic growth
across India and play a key role in regional development,” said Nipun Mehrotra, vice president, General Business,
Geographic Expansion, IBM India/South Asia.

The small and medium sized enterprise (SME) sector is one
of the fastest growing segments of the Indian economy from which IBM is
experiencing strong demand. IBM is working to spur innovation in this sector by
providing advanced technologies, once reserved for larger enterprises with
large budgets, through its increased local presence and relationships with
local business partners. To support its regional expansion initiative, IBM has
been actively recruiting new business partners across the country – in 2011
over 1000 new business partners from India/South Asia registered via IBM’s
PartnerWorld program.

IBM is already working with clients in
Vishakhapatnam, across a number of industry sectors. For example, IBM is
solutions for EISAI Pharmaceuticals and Phoenix IT Solutions, a fast emerging
software company. EISAI Pharma, the India arm for EISAI group, Japan, has
engaged with IBM across hardware, software and services. IBM has provided an
enterprise resource planning solution for EISAI’s India operations and has
helped simplify and streamline the management of EISAI’s desktop computing
environment using IBM’s Smart Business Desktop solution.

IBM’s software solution has helped Phoenix IT in winning
significant central and state-level business contracts. Partnering with IBM
has played an important part of our business growth this year. IBM has helped
us to standardize and consolidate our business operations, allowing us to
innovate and achieve an industry leadership position,” said Murali Krishna,
CEO, Phoenix IT Solutions.

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