There's a great line in the movie Armageddon where Bruce Willis' character Harry Stamper describes NASA as, "...a team of men sitting around somewhere right now just thinking stuff up and somebody backing them up!"*
The interesting thing about putting smart people in a room. They think stuff up. They get things done. They put people on the moon (and in this case, save the world from an asteroid collision).
Which is probably why IBM has 70 of these rooms for our software around the globe and today we opened the largest one in Littleton, Massachusetts.
The IBM Mass Lab is IBM's largest Software Development Lab in North America. Deval Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts along with Steve Mills (Senior VP of IBM Software) and Alistair Rennie (General Manager of Lotus and the site executive) where there for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Here's a link to the official press release.
As a customer, what does this mean for you? Well, it's 3,400 smart people in a room solving problems. It's men and women, as the press release describes it:
"...creating software that manages some of the world's most complex process and infrastructure problems such as modernizing and automating the world's physical infrastructures -- from railroads, water management, food traceability and healthcare modernization."
So. To recap. While we can do plenty of things in the IBM Mass Lab, helping the Celtics beat the Lakers in Game 7 is unfortunately out of our hands.
*yes, I made the quote SFW.