IBM announced a series of new investments in Sub-Saharan Africa earlier today, and that it expects to hire up to 100 students from universities there to meet the growing demand in services, global delivery and software development.
The new investments will include the creation of an African Innovation Centre, which will house the continent's first "High Performance On Demand Solutions Lab" (Or "HiPODS," for short...gotta love those IBM acronyms!).
This South African-based lab joins a global network of seven specialized IBM facilities, including sites in Brazil, China, India, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S.
They help small businesses, entrepreneurs, business partners, and other clients benefit from the labs' software development capabilities, as well as access to high-end servers and storage equipment.
More recently, IBM announced the Small Business Toolkit as a free online resource to help small businesses in South Africa improve their access to capital and new markets.
In addition to its South African offices, IBM maintains offices in Nigeria and Kenya, and operates in 18 other countries across the African continent via business partners.