IBM rolls out help for start-ups

In an attempt to expand its global presence and scale-up its research efforts, IBM has launched a Global Enterprise Initiative, in which tech start-ups will be given access to IBM technology and products.

IBM's initiative, which resembles Microsoft's BizSpark program, will also help young start-ups with product development and forming sales and marketing strategies. The start-ups will be also allowed complete access to IBM's research community.

Big Blue said the participants of the programme will be given on-premises access to several IBM products including those from Lotus, Information Management, WebSphere and Tivoli line.

IBM has tied up with Novell and Amazon, in order to let the participating firms use the DB2 Express-C database and WebSphere sMash application development kit, based on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud.

Commenting on the IBM's new effort to bring together some of the best global start-ups, Michael Coté, an analyst at Redmonk, said “IBM is looking to encourage the whole 'Internet of Things' vision, which pragmatically means just getting software and networking enabled on as many devices in the world as possible. Think TVs, medical equipment, power meters and sewage control valves.”