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IBM begins operations in Kochi for SMB clients

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More branches to be opened in South soon

There are plans to open more such branches at Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam, Madurai and Goa.

TARGET SMES: Mr Lingraju Sawkar, Vice-President, Small and Medium Business, IBM India, at a press conference in Kochi on Thursday. — K.K. Mustafah

Kochi , Aug. 31

IBM India commenced its operations at Kochi on Thursday, thereby expanding its reach to 41 cities across the country.

The Kochi unit would enable the company to cater to the unique requirements of the various small and medium business (SMB) clients spread across non-metros in India, Mr Lingraju Sawkar, Vice-President, SMB, IBM India, said at a press meet.

Kochi is the first branch expanded by IBM in South India and there are plans to open more such branches at Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam, Madurai and Goa shortly, he added.

IBM with its portfolio of products in hardware and software services and open standards compatibility and ISV (independent software vendor) and partner solutions has the capability to address the growing business issues between SMBs, Mr Sawkar said.

Mid market companies have distinct needs that are often ignored by most service providers. IBM's technologies and solutions for Indian small and mid market business provide a competitive edge in this era of globalisation. With over 3,000 SMB customers in India, the company's Kochi operations will target various clients in government, banking, healthcare, retail, hospitality, travel and transportation. The company has invested in the development of products and services specifically priced and designed for the SMB marketplace under the brand name IBM Express Portfolio, comprising hardware, software, services, solutions and financing. These offerings are delivered through sales and marketing team of 6,000 people and a network of 90,000 business partners organised in 243 local sales territories around the world.

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