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IBM’s Canadian Operations and History
IBM is one of Canada and the world’s largest computer and technology companies. Establishing its Canadian roots in 1917, IBM has become an entrenched part of the Canadian IT industry. Organizations from across the country in many different industries have purchased and implemented products, services, and solutions offered by IBM.
As IBM has grown worldwide, it has expanded in Canada as well.. Canada boasts the second largest assembled team of IBM software
professionals in the world, with offices, manufacturing plants and software development
labs in many Canadian cities across the country. Some of these cities include London, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver. IBM Canada
Toronto Software Lab has also become a key venue of research and product development.
Canada also houses IBM’s biggest semiconductor packaging and test facility in Bromont, Quebec. Being one of Canada’s largest exporters, IBM Canada delivers software and products worldwide.
IBM business partnerships
In an effort to expand their reach and provide customers with the best possible products and solutions, IBM has partnered with a number of other large computing and networking organizations. Collaborative relationships with suppliers and partners include:
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IBM’s software group has also acquired a number of Canadian technology companies in the last 15 years, including Cognos, Think Dynamics, DWL, Datamirror, Clarity Systems and Algorithmics.
Core business solutions
IBM offers numerous business solutions to Canadian organizations. Its best-known products and services include:
IBM Canada Corporate Offices near Toronto
- Business analytics (gained through the acquisition of Cognos and other firms).
- Mainframes such as the Z Series and servers
- The DB2 database
- WebSphere application server and related middleware
- Tivoli system management software
- IBM Global Services (outsourcing and professional consulting)
IBM also provides a number of business solutions that are based on specific industry needs. Some of the Canadian industries IBM serves include:
- The Canadian federal and provincial government
- Health care
- Energy (oil and gas)
- Banking and insurance
IBM business service offeringsIBM offers small and medium-sized businesses with a comprehensive list of business services they can use to improve the daily operations of their business. They can be divided into four broad categories:
- Training services: Training and education are at the core of a growing business. IBM offers a number of training courses and certifications to educate professionals on a wide variety of IT related topics.
- Outsourcing services: IBM offers businesses a number of outsourcing options to allow them to focus their time on more pressing issues. Outsourcing services include hosting, application and business process.
- IT services: At the core of IBM’s services is IT. Some of the offerings include cloud computing, integrated communications, data storage, security, middleware and technical support.
- Business services: IBM offers companies business services such as business strategy, transformation, analytics and optimization services
IBM business product offerings
IBM is known for their vast array of product offers that are ideal for businesses of all sizes. These products offerings can be divided in four categories:
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IBM Canada markets a full range of software and hardware products in Canada. For an updated list of IBM Canada Products available in Canada, please click on IBM Product Directory for a list or use the search box on YouFindIt.ca to explore further specific IBM software and hardware offerings with technical descriptions, specifications, and links to resellers' inventory of products and CDN prices available in Canada.
Although it employs a direct sales force, IBM actively uses value-added resellers and has a large number of IBM Business Partners which provide its products and services to Canadian customers.
IBM’s Canadian presence includes not only its sales and marketing but a Toronto-based Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) technology incubation lab, which collaborates with third party researchers and academia.
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