IBM Announces New Global Delivery Center in Noida (Uttar Pradesh), India

IBM to Continue Expansion Drive -- Another Center to Open in Vicinity in the Coming Months

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NOIDA, INDIA - 05 Feb 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today significantly expanded its operations in the state of Uttar Pradesh with the inauguration of a new Global Delivery Center in Noida, by Dr. Subas C Pani IAS, Secretary, Planning Commission, Government of India. This is IBM Global Business Services' first such center in Noida; and, in phase two of the expansion, IBM will open another center in the vicinity, which is expected to be fully operational by mid-2008. Both the centers are located in Sector 62, and will house close to 3000 employees once fully staffed.

These centers will enable IBM to increase its existing application services portfolio to support a growing global client base. With the addition of these centers, IBM's Global Delivery operations are provided from six(1) locations in India and the new centers will increase the company's presence in Northern India. These centers will be an integral part of IBM's global delivery network, spread across three dozen countries around the world.

IBM will increase its operations in Noida by hiring technology graduates and IT professionals with skills in IT strategy and architecture, business consulting, enterprise solutions (SAP, Siebel, and Oracle), testing, and business intelligence.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajesh Nambiar, General Manager and Vice President, Global Delivery, IBM India, said, "We are excited to witness the growth in scale and capabilities of our Global Delivery mission. This investment in Noida is a natural step for us to increase service capacity and broader market reach to help improve our ability to deliver industry-leading services to our global clients. Having an enhanced presence in NCR will give us the opportunity to attract the required talent in the Northern region."

IBM started its National Capital Region (NCR) operations in 1992, and today has a strong global delivery and domestic business in the region. In 2007, IBM announced its focus on the SMB market in the State of Uttar Pradesh. The company already has a significant presence in Lucknow and is working with various clients, including Department of Revenue, UP Electronics Corporation Ltd, Hindustan aeronautics Ltd, UP Mandi Parishad, Irrigation Department, Sahara India, and Hindalco Industries.

About IBM Global Delivery

IBM India is at the forefront of global delivery, and has set up the complete range of our services capabilities including Consulting & Systems Integration, Infrastructure, Applications and Business Process transformation and management in India.

(1) IBM has six Global Delivery locations in India: Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Chennai and National Capital Region (Noida and Gurgaon).

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