IBM Acquires Social Services Software Developer - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Government // Open Government

IBM Acquires Social Services Software Developer

Curam Software will bolster IBM's Smarter Cities strategy to help governments use technology to better deliver citizen services.

100 Years Of IBM: 25 Historic Milestones
Slideshow: 100 Years Of IBM: 25 Historic Milestones
(click image for larger view and for slideshow)
IBM has acquired a maker of social services software to bolster its Smarter Cities strategy, which aims to help government agencies--particularly those in metropolitan areas--deliver services to residents more effectively through technology.

The company recently completed its purchase of privately held Curam Software, based in Dublin, Ireland. Curam delivers a breed of software called social enterprise management, which is customized to help social services organizations manage and deliver welfare, social insurance, and both individual and employer-based social programs. In turn, these government organizations can offer better services to their constituents.

Curam's 700 employees have now become part of IBM's software group. IBM already had been working with the company as a partner for its IBM Government Industry Framework, which pulls together applications, middleware, and server products for use by local, state, and federal government agencies. IBM has been offering Curam's case management software on top of the framework to social services agencies.

That framework and other initiatives are part of IBM's recent efforts to bolster its profile in the government sector with industry-specific software and solutions.

[ IBM is looking into its crystal ball to predict 5 Innovations IBM Says Will Change Your Life. ]

One of these is IBM's Smarter Cities initiative, which the company said Curam's acquisition will support. Last year, IBM opened a Smarter Cities Technology Center in Dublin. With its purchase of Curam, IBM also acquires the Irish company's research institute that focuses on deploying new business models for managing social programs.

Through Smarter Cities, IBM has offered tens of millions of dollars in grant money to cities around the world to help them foster citizen engagement, services, and efficiency through technology.

Citing research by IDC Government Insights, IBM said that by the end of 2011 its Smarter Cities will represent a $34 billion technology opportunity for companies. This opportunity will increase more than 18% per year, to $57 billion, by 2014.

How 10 federal agencies are tapping the power of cloud computing--without compromising security. Also in the new, all-digital InformationWeek Government supplement: To judge the success of the OMB's IT reform efforts, we need concrete numbers on cost savings and returns. Download our Cloud In Action issue of InformationWeek Government now. (Free registration required.)

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

Remote Work Tops SF, NYC for Most High-Paying Job Openings
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  7/20/2021
Blockchain Gets Real Across Industries
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  7/22/2021
Seeking a Competitive Edge vs. Chasing Savings in the Cloud
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  7/19/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
Monitoring Critical Cloud Workloads Report
In this report, our experts will discuss how to advance your ability to monitor critical workloads as they move about the various cloud platforms in your company.
Flash Poll