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9 December 2005

IBM Software Solutions Laboratory launched in Kraków

Jacek Majchrowski, the Mayor of Kraków, and Dariusz Fabiszewski, IBM Poland's General Manager, officially opened IBM Software Solutions Laboratory in Kraków. During the evening gala at the City Hall, IBM's international "Eclipse Innovation Grants" were also awarded, with six Polish universities receiving checks for a total of USD 60,000.
IBM Software Solutions Laboratory is the first center of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe, and joins a network of 40 similar sites throughout the world. A highlight of this project is enabling Polish engineers to access the latest software development know-how. With Kraków laboratory, Poland will be able to draw from IBM investment funds, and Polish IT professionals will have the opportunity to participate actively in building development solutions targeted at global markets.

Dariusz Fabiszewski - Country General Manager, IBM Poland, during the openning ceremony
"The fact that Poland was chosen to host IBM's new project is a testimony to the country's importance to the corporation, and recognition of the Polish academic system, which educates world-class experts. With Kraków facility, our engineers have joined the international community of more than 35,000 most talented IT professionals in the world. Such investments are most attractive both to the national economy and the local community," said Dariusz Fabiszewski, General Manager, IBM Poland.

"I am committed to ensuring that Kraków remains associated with state-of-the-art technology from now on. Such initiatives prove that our city can use its potential appropriately. The successful relationship with IBM benefits all our citizens," said Jacek Majchrowski, the Mayor of Kraków.

The launch of IBM Software Solutions Laboratory was accompanied with a special ceremony, during which checks were awarded to Polish universities as a part of the "Eclipse Innovation Grants" initiative. The Eclipse project is a part of the worldwide IBM Academic Initiative, which is an innovative program designed to provide a variety of educational benefits to universities. IBM works with those universities which support open standards to take advantage of Open Source and IBM technology for educational purposes.

The jury evaluated the business and technical aspects of the universities' contributions, and selected six projects. The team representing Wroc³aw Technical University, led by Dr. Dariusz Król, earned the highest recognition. Award-winning contributions also included projects submitted by teams from the University of Mining and Metallurgy, Czestochowa Technical University and Poznan Technical University. The winners received checks for USD 5,000 to USD 15,000 to complete the projects developed. These amounts were determined individually by project teams, and are a form of grant awarded by IBM to the respective universities.

The ceremony of opening the IBM Laboratory, from left:
Jacek Majchrowski, President of Kraków,
Dr Kristof Kloeckner, Vice President, Tivoli Software, IBM USA,
Dariusz Fabiszewski, General Manager, IBM Polska,
Colleen Arnold, General Manager, IBM Northeast Europe

"I am proud that the projects submitted by Polish academics proved highly innovative and sophisticated in terms of content and technology. This is yet another proof of the high standards of education maintained by Polish universities, and the abilities of our professionals. The launch of IBM Software Solutions Laboratory in Kraków will help us fully utilize this potential, and will provide an opportunity for Polish developers to progress according to global standards," said Pawe³ Molenda, Manager, IBM Software Solutions Laboratory in Kraków.

IBM Software Laboratory in Kraków is located in Galileo building, which already houses the local IBM Global Services branch. The launch of the Laboratory coincided with IBM Global Services receiving ISO9001 certification.

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, and has been a leader in helping businesses and organizations innovate for more than 80 years. The company has been on Polish market since 1991. IBM offers a wide range of consultancy and IT services, software and hardware. As a part of the On Demand Business strategy, IBM and its Business Partners provide comprehensive solutions tailored to each enterprise's individual business and technology needs.

The evening gala at the City Hall

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