IBM (NYSE: IBM) is going to add several hundred jobs and create a global services integration hub in Ireland, according to Irish media reports.

Big Blue will create the hub at its technology campus in Dublin, according to a report in The Irish Times as well as the website Silicon Republic.

The additions will bolster IBM’s Irish work force to well above 3,000.

Last year, IBM chose to build its first IBM Smarter Cities Technology Center in Ireland, creating 200 jobs.

“In recent months we have seen some major successes in attracting new investment from multinationals,” said Richard Burton, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. “This decision by IBM, one of the world’s leading technology companies, that it is locating more innovative operations here with the creation several hundred jobs, is great news for west Dublin and Ireland.”

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) also announced plans recently to add jobs in Ireland.

IBM employs more than 430,000 people worldwide, including some 10,000 across North Carolina.

However, IBM has cut its U.S. work force by some 1,900 this year.

“SmartCloud” Business Grows

On Thursday, Big Blue declared that its “cloud computing” business known as SmartCloud has topped 1 million enterprise application users.

Specific data points:

  • 1 million enterprise application users working on the IBM Cloud
  • More than $100 billion in commerce transactions a year in the cloud
  • 4.5 million daily client transactions conducted through the IBM Cloud

“Companies are starting to understand that cloud is more than just about gaining efficiencies and cost savings, it’s about driving the kind of fundamental innovation that provides lasting marketplace advantage,” said Paul Loftus, general manager of IBM Global Technology Services, in a statement. “We are helping all kinds of clients manage enterprise applications and processes in the cloud as well as leverage new cloud centric applications while meeting their unique requirements for governance, security and portability.”

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