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IBM joins the High-Tech Software Cluster to help accelerate digital transformation within the Dutch high tech & smart systems industry

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The digital journeys of the past decade are now becoming cognitive journeys driven by the maturity of IoT, AI, blockchain, automation, 5G, edge computing and other exponential technologies. As these capabilities are applied at scale, they increasingly result in change to the core of organizations — and their mission-critical capabilities — to reshape their competitive positions, rather than remaining on the experimental periphery.

Software driven innovation will be a key capability for the high-tech industry as we see traditionally product focused propositions transforming into eco-systems of solutions and services, elevating software to a cornerstone of their future innovation. Moreover, with the resulting digital reinvention, and data-driven process improvement, further investment is required in building software capabilities to modernize applications in a flexible, open, and secure manner, ready for the open hybrid cloud world.

IBM joined over 30 software companies as a new technology partner in the High-Tech Software Cluster (HTSC), a project of Brainport Development. The High-Tech Software Cluster is located on the Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) in Eindhoven and focusses on technological innovation for the manufacturing and smart systems industry. IBM aims to collaborate with other HTSC member companies on building innovative and smart solutions for manufacturing, automotive and electronics companies, supporting their digital transformation.

“Participation in ecosystems is among the strong drivers for innovation in a high-tech environment” said Edwin van Vianen, Electronics Industry leader Benelux, “We share the vision with HTSC that software innovation will be a key driver for new innovation, the improvement of user experiences and building operational agility. Open source and hybrid cloud readiness will enable the industry to innovate at scale and speed. We plan to trigger an extreme curiosity amongst our cluster partners on the opportunities that exponential technology could unleash, combined with technical enablement education for both developers and top management”.

Technical enablement

Together with IBM Developer, IBM aims to closely work with HTSC member companies to help software and cloud developers deepen their understanding on various cloud and AI technologies, including open source. IBM will focus on how to overcome technical challenges, whether you’re building locally or deploying to a complex hybrid cloud environment. Our Developer team is all about open source code; everything built is built and maintained on GitHub following open source best practices. The IBM Developer team will provide technical hands-on workshops, tech talks or demos to explore the different innovation engines, making available IBM Developer Advocates to enhance developer capabilities at no cost.

Hybrid cloud & AI

“IBM brings a wealth of expertise and technology that can enhance, augment or support partners with the acceleration of their digital transformation. In addition, we have our Research and Development programs which can further bring value to this partnership” said Victoria Bunyard, IBM Benelux Chief technology officer. “Equally important, we bring our global network of partners and collaborations to HTSC, each with their own hybrid cloud and AI innovations, their expertise and enthusiasm, which can expand the ecosystem beyond borders”.

About the High Tech Software Cluster

The High Tech Software Cluster is a project initiated by Brainport Development, to help industrial companies find their way in digitisation. The aim of this project is to jointly develop smart products, services and business models using software technology, to stimulate innovation and value creation.The cluster develops and delivers the competencies, products, services and knowledge that are needed for smart companies that want to win the digitisation race. The topics within HTSC are focused on smart Industry themes: robotics, digital factory, high tech software, future manufacturing 4.0 skills and capabilities, Internet of Things and Data & AI. HTSC is part of the Smart Industry Fieldlabs connected to the “Factory of the Future” innovation programme, located at the Brainport Industries Campus in Eindhoven. www.hightechsoftwarecluster.nl

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