IBM to hire hundreds for Austin software center

Nov 7, 2013
Austin Business Journal

IBM Corp. on Wednesday unveiled its new software development studio for Austin-based engineers and product managers and said it would hire hundreds of new employees over the next five years






Company executives said IBM has already hired 100 workers for the new facility but plan to eventually grow it to 1,000 designers by 2018. The software development center in Austin will be one of four such centers across the U.S.






The nearly 25,000-square-foot “design studio” in North Austin — which was aligned with the Keep Austin Weird philosophy from the start — is part of a company-wide plan to improve IBM’s approach to the design of software-based products and the way users interact with software, company executives said during a new conference attended by company CEO Virginia Rometty






"(Austin) is the perfect city for a wonderful challenge," Rometty said. "I believe, if I could be so bold, that the work done here will change the world. This is a re-commitment to a heritage that has transcended IBM."






The new design studio is at IBM’s Burnet Road campus next to the company’s the research and development laboratories and its SmartCloud Innovation Center






New York-based IBM (NYSE: IBM), which established a local office in 1967, moved its software division from Florida to Austin in 1995. The company, which employed 6,239 local workers in 2012, is Travis County’s fifth-largest private sector employer






IBM’s Austin campus has produced more patents than any other of the company’s development centers






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