Speaking of virtual apparitions, IBM recently held a Virtual Universe Community meeting inside SecondLife. Apparently it included a pumpkin-making tutorial (here's a screenshot on Second Life Insider.) I imagine there is just all sorts of freaky stuff going on for Halloween inside Second Life. Me, I'm gonna stick with the real world pumpkin' carving this year.
Of course, while others are carving up virtual pumpkins, though, no flies are sticking on our leadership team. We continue to expand our presence in the East, having announced overnight more big plans for both China and India.
Specifically, IBM announced close to $1B in investments in two services-oriented architecture solutions centers in both India and China (Pune and Beijing, to be precise).
The story cites that we've gone from 9,000 to 43,000 employees in India, and a network of 2,500 business partners. We also now employ some 7,200 in China.
These new SOA Solutions Centers are intended to provide industry-specific business services, and will help us build out a new, globally integrated model for delivering SOA-based services to our customers.
These centers will create and manage a portfolio of repeatable, industry-specific services components (based on technology from our recent acquisition of Webify Solutions) which can be delivered more quickly and consistently than was previously possible.
If you're looking for an SOA refresher after an exhilirating night of trick or treat, check out this SOA overview for business leaders.
Watch out for that Accounts Receivable service, though. I heard he can be pretty scary and downright elusive!