The first centre to open is in Dubai Internet City, a government-run information technology park. The Dubai government asked IBM to set up the centre and the vendor is working in partnership with Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and the Saudi government. The centre's virtual operation is already up and running and the physical location will officially open in mid-March. It will employ 26 staff, half from IBM and the other half from the vendor's partners.
Opening in March or April will be another centre in La Gaude, France, the result of partnerships between IBM and a number of industries, particularly telecommunications.
In Japan, automakers Nissan, Toyota and Honda approached IBM to set up a centre which is also backed by the Japanese government. The location has yet to be determined but it should open in March or April. The location for a fourth in Brazil has also yet to be settled on, but already has the backing of the government and IBM partners in the banking and financial industries.
IBM is also looking to open four other centres. One will be in Australia, two in China – Beijing and Shanghai respectively – and the fourth will be somewhere in Central Europe, most likely Romania or the Czech Republic. IBM would hope to have most of the centres open by the end of June.