IBM is expanding its extensive Indian operations with the creation of a technology centre in Bangalore dedicated to autonomic computing.
Autonomic computing is IBM's term for self-managing and self-healing systems, including database servers that can self-tune without human intervention. IBM has also embedded autonomic capabilities in Lotus software that automate administrative tasks, such as automatically detaching text and moving it to storage, according to Catherine Pleil, programme director for IBM’s customer and partner programmes.
According to IDC, IT management is big business with IT labour spending pegged at $416bn (£2.10bn) in 2005 and expected to reach almost half a trillion dollars by 2008.
IBM’s goal with autonomic computing is to add intelligence to the network and devices in order to free up IT personnel for more complex tasks.
The company already has more than 50,000 employees and invested $6bn (£3bn) in India, a country which economists project will become one of the largest worldwide economies by 2050. Its growth rate last year was put at 19%.