a couple of weeks back we announced the opening of our thirty-third ibm innovation center (iic) to increase support of ibm isv partners. this new center, located in barcelona, follows the opening of a center in kuala lumpur two months earlier. these centers are more than the physical evidence of ibm's technology leadership and commitment to business partners. they provide technical porting locations for isvs to enable to open standards based hardware and software platforms. but they also serve another, equally important purpose. the iics act as central hubs that bring together ibm teams, world class isv firms and clients to build innovative solutions.
this year, more than 16 thousand applications have been ported and enabled to ibm's server and middleware technology. thirty percent of these solutions are being supported for the first time by our partners, significantly increasing the number of new solutions on ibm platforms. the annual revenue impact of this work is in the billions of dollars to both ibm and to our partners. one statistic that is particularly interesting is the number of transactions that are happening in the mid-market with customers that are working with ibm for the first time.
a strong ecosystem is critical to the long term success of any business in our industry. starting with students building skills at colleges and universities and working closely with professional software developers, isvs and systems integrators is essential. we are continuing to invest to serve the needs of our customers. investments that are well justified - because no company, no matter how large, can go it alone.[Read More]
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last week i traveled to ireland, spain and sweden. the weather was different, the food was unique, but the theme of the companies i met with was consistent....subscription software offerings or software as a service (saas) is becoming a very big deal.
executives from the irish software association explained the huge increases in r&d spending in ireland; much of it driven by venture investments in saas application vendors. in barcelona, we opened the new ibm forum, a combination client and partner innovation center. we met with dozens of isvs who were working with ibm in spain and also expanding to other countries. many of them, like nimsoft, whose websphere/soa telco solution is delivered as a service. in stockholm, companies like gopro (based in iceland) and danish-based it factory, are both seeing huge growth....driven by saas.
it was a great trip. the november weather really was the good, the bad and the ugly. the food was in fact out of this world. the business talk though, was all about rental software apps. it was about high growth and the value of working with ibm. wherever we went, our local teams got high praise and deserved every bit of it... with our software partners, they are changing the world![Read More]