The IBM Germany Research and Development Lab has one of the broadest project portfolio within the IBM Corporation. Established 1953 in Boeblingen, south of Stuttgart, the lab has about 1,800 employees from 30 countries. These represent many disciplines such as computer scientists, electrical engineers and physicists. The Boeblingen lab hosts more than 70 hardware and software projects, many of which in close cooperation with other IBM research and development labs around the world.
The projects cover a wide spectrum starting with hardware, firmware and operating systems for the successful IBM server platforms, extending further to storage technologies, and complemented by a large variety of software development activities.
These include key components of the IBM Smart Business Cloud environment as well as software for the orchestration of private cloud environments. These activities also include the further development of Bluemix, IBM's Open Cloud Architecture implementation based on the Cloud Foundry project. Bluemix provides developers with access to both IBM’s software for integration, security, transactions, and other key functions, as well as to software from business partners.
The German experts are one of the leading teams in the area of large computer systems and hardware components. This includes the development of the system design for IBM System z mainframe, the world’s most reliable and secure system for mission-critical applications, as well as the associated virtualization and systems management technologies. In addition, the teams are working on other IBM platforms and technologies such as the design for the POWER 8-Processor.
For IBM's software portfolio, the teams are developing technologies to structure and analyze large amounts of enterprise and social media data. They are working on solutions to optimize business processes, web portals, and enterprise IT. This includes technologies such as IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS, Netezza, WebSphere Portal Server, Kenexa, and Emptoris.
The R&D Lab plays an important role when it comes to Open Source: The Lab has the responsibility for Linux and Linux Systems Management on all IBM platforms. The Lab hosts one of the worldwide largest Linux Technical Centers at IBM, in order to provide technical support for clients and business partners.
Beside the optimization of Linux, the experts are working on operating systems such as z/VSE, z/OS z/VM.
In the area of IT security a team is working on URL filtering, web application control databases, and content security solutions.
In addition, the lab cooperates with SAP in order to optimize IBM hard- and software in SAP environments.
A number of teams work in projects on site with IBM sales and clients. These Lab Services teams provide advisory services for mobile, collaboration, internet of things and WebSphere solutions, thus supporting the implementation of particularly complex IT environments by integrating new technologies, sometimes even before market launch.
In the lab's Software Design Studio the development teams jointly discuss first prototypes and software components of future solutions with designers, in order to provide the simplest, usable, and effective applications for the clients.
A number of employees hold lectures at universities and maintain projects with colleges and research institutes in order to ensure a continuous knowledge transfer between industry and academia.
For more information, see www.ibm.com/de/entwicklung.
Client Center, Boeblingen
The Client Center at the R&D Lab in Boeblingen offers consulting and technical expertise at one location - from customer briefings and analytics to the implementation of IT solutions. The center gives clients the opportunity to meet technical experts from IBM Germany Research and Development to discuss and exchange ideas about the latest IBM technologies and solutions. Live demos covering a wide range of solutions often complement a briefing. IT Architects, consultants and developer are available for technical workshops or Proof of Concepts (PoC).
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The Client Center support Independent Software Vendor (ISV) in enabling their application to run on z /OS or Linux on System z. Remote access capabilities and on site workshops at the Client Center help to exploit the IBM zEnterprise capabilities and functions to meet clients' needs.
For additional information, see the Client Center website.