IBM (now Lenovo), on Friday, announced plans to build a new laboratory in the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa.
The lab will focus on advancing digital technologies such as cloud, big data analytics and mobile technologies to support South Africa’s national priorities and promote economic growth.
Working closely with the Department of Science and Technology, the 10-year investment program will be executed through the Department of Trades and Industry. The research centre aims to enable IBM’s researchers/partners invent solutions using cognitive systems, internet of things and modelling to effectively engage with citizens and set an outline to revitalize inner-cities around the world.
“We are determined to be part of such a thriving community where diverse groups of people live, work, invent and build companies. We believe we can play a valuable role there by helping entrepreneurs develop cutting-edge technologies they can bring to market,” Dr. Solomon Assefa, Director of IBM’s South Africa Research Lab says.
This Braamfontein lab development comes several months after IBM opened its first African research lab in Nairobi, accentuating its commitment to African growth. IBM has operated on the continent for close to a 100 years; its operations spans across 24 African countries, including Kenya, Egypt, South Africa, Angola, Morocco, Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria.