IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cúram Software Ltd. to help governments improve the efficiency, effectiveness and accessibility of social programs for smarter cities. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Cúram Software is used in more than 80 government agency projects around the world to provide the most appropriate social programs to citizens and their families in a timely manner, deliver services more effectively and continuously monitor progress toward achieving people's social and economic potential. The software is used by health and human services, workforce services, and social security organizations around the world to deliver welfare, social insurance and both individual and employer-based social programs.
Cúram Software allows cities and governments to provide a single view of benefits and services available across agencies, levels of government and private and not-for-profit organizations. The Social Industry Platform includes processes to deliver all types of programs and offers the flexibility needed to quickly update them as policy makers react to different economic times. Cúram Software's Platform 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.
Cúram, which means "care and protection" in Irish, was founded in 1990 and is based in Dublin, Ireland. One of the company's investors was Enterprise Ireland, which helps Irish companies achieve global success.
Through its Smarter Cities initiative, IBM helps cities and governments serve citizens better by adopting more intelligent and efficient ways to analyze data, anticipate problems and coordinate resources. IBM has led more than 2,000 projects to achieve these goals and through its acquisition of Cúram Software, IBM expects to extend its leadership in this area.
IDC Government Insights estimates the new Smarter Cities information technology market opportunity at $34 billion in 2011, increasing more than 18 percent per year to $57 billion by 2014.
Today's news also builds on IBM's Smarter Cities initiatives in Ireland. Last year the company opened its first Smarter Cities Technology Center in Dublin at IBM's R&D Lab, where IBM works with city authorities, universities, small and large businesses to research, develop and commercialize new ways of making city systems more connected, sustainable and intelligent. With the addition of the Cúram Research Institute — which is working to develop and deploy new business models for managing social programs — IBM will enhance its ability to help clients increase the social and economic potential of people and their families.
"We are working to help cities and governments at all levels transform the way they interact with citizens while improving efficiency," said Craig Hayman, general manager of IBM Industry Solutions. "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. Together with Cúram, IBM can transform the way citizens do business with government in a way that benefits everyone."