IBM Adds New Software for Smarter Cities


IBM has been aggressively touting its Smarter Cities initiative over the last year. Its acquisition this week of Curam Software will add another useful solution cities can leverage to improve operational efficiencies.

In an effort to help cities collect, analyze and act upon information across multiple departments and agencies, IBM over the last year has run a Smarter Cities Challengeprogram. The program offers budget-constrained cities relief with free software and consulting services aimed at simultaneously improving a city’s economic outlook and its delivery of services to a city’s citizens. These goals are to be achieved by making each city’s operations more efficient with smarter management, planning and forecasting.


To help the program’s winning cities, IBM typically draws from its arsenal of software solutions to aid in data gathering, integration and analytics. The goal in many efforts is to improve the way government officials and agency managers access and share information so they can make more intelligent decisions about the use of resources and meeting the demands of constituents.

This week, IBM added another solution to its portfolio to make cities smarter with the acquisition of Curam Software, an Irish company that makes programs used by government agencies to deliver social services to citizens.

IBM said Curam’s products provide cities and governments with a “single view of benefits and services available across agencies, levels of government and private and not-for-profit organizations.”

Curam software “also allows government and providers to focus on lowering overall program costs by ensuring that the benefits and services provided address core issues and that people become more self-sufficient,” IBM said.

“We are working to help cities and governments at all levels transform the way they interact with citizens while improving efficiency,” Craig Hayman, general manager of IBM Industry Solutions, said in a statement.

“We all have stories to tell about standing in long lines or making countless phone calls to gain access to government services, but it doesn’t have to be that way,” Hayman said. “Together with Curam, IBM can transform the way citizens do business with government in a way that benefits everyone.”

Financial terms of the deal were not made public.

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