I dropped by for the opening of IBM's new "Mass Lab," the largest IBM Software Development Lab in North America, on what turned out to be the company's 99th anniversary. Presiding over the event was MassTLC Trustee Alistair Rennie, Massachusetts Senior State Executive for IBM. Governor Deval Patrick and Steve Mills, Senior VP of IBM's software business, spoke about education and entrepreneurial spirit prior to the official ribbon cutting. (Pictured from left to right are Alistair Rennie, Steve Mills, Governor Patrick, and Secretary for Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki.)
The new Mass Lab, comprised of sites in Littleton and Westford, is home to 3,400 engineers and is of similar square footage as Boston's Fenway Park or the TD Garden. The facility brings together employees from IBM's 14 Massachusetts acquisitions including: Ascential, Cognos, Lotus, Rational, and most recently Ounce Labs and Guardium Corporation.
According to their press materials, the Mass Lab will create software that manages some of the world's most complex process and infrastructure problems such as modernizing and automating the world's physical and digital infrastructures -- from railroads, water management, food traceability and healthcare modernization to electronic medical records, fraud detection and energy management through smart grids.
The IBM Mass Lab is also developing software for the new era of enterprise mobile computing fostering more effective collaboration and integration to support an increasingly mobile workforce and made the following announcements in conjunction with the grand opening:
- IBM Delivers a New Level of Intelligence to the Expanding Mobile Business Market
- IBM Helps Mobile Communications Providers Gain Control of Cell Sites
- MADE IN IBM LABS: New 'Email Triage' Technology Helps Manage Urgent Issues on Mobile Devices
Together, IBM Mass Lab in Littleton/Westford, IBM Research in Cambridge, and IBM Innovation Center in Waltham house over 5,000 employees in Massachusetts.
Photo credit: Rodney Brown, Mass High Tech