IBM has the world's largest IT research organization, with more than 3,000 scientists and engineers working in 9 labs in 7 countries. IBM invests more than $5 billion a year in R&D and is the world’s leader in patent filings. In aggregate, the company currently holds more than 37,000 patents worldwide
IBM strives to lead in the creation, development, and manufacture of the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics. IBM participates in and contributes heavily to the work of standards consortia, alliances, and formal national and international standards organizations. When appropriate, IBM adopts consensus technologies in order to maintain openness, interoperability, and application portability. IBM Research is a leading research institution in the world and contributes significantly to the research community.
IBM Israel Science and Technology Limited is better known as IBM Research – Haifa. Since it first opened as the IBM Scientific Centre in 1972, the Haifa lab has conducted decades of research that have proved vital to IBM’s success. The lab is one of six research laboratories located outside of the United States, and has close working relationships with IBM Israel and its twin research laboratory in Zurich. In Haifa, 25 percent of the technical staff has doctorate degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, or related fields. Employees are actively involved in teaching in Israeli higher education institutions and in supervising post-graduate theses. R&D projects are currently being executed in areas such as storage systems, cloud computing, healthcare and life sciences, verification technologies, business transformation, information retrieval, programming environments, optimization technologies, and analytics.
The Distributed Middleware (DM) group is part of the Software and Services department, which is involved in developing software technologies to exploit advances in computing infrastructure to benefit businesses. The DM group focuses on scalable and highly available infrastructure for IBM middleware, such as extreme transaction and events processing, high throughput messaging technologies, and technologies for providing QoS. In addition, the technologies the DM group develops enhance dependability in very large-scale multi-tier environments and support hosting web applications and services in large-scale compute clouds. The DM Group organizes the International Workshop on Large Scale Distributed Systems and Middleware (LADIS), which is now in its sixth year and is sponsored by ACM SIGOPS. The LADIS conference was one of the first workshops to focus on the foundations of cloud computing.