BARCELONA, Spain -- IBM (NYSE:IBM - News) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Banco Sabadell, one of Spain's biggest banking groups, to jointly develop Web 2.0 technologies for the financial sector. The two companies will create an Innovation task force to be staffed with employees from both organizations.
Both companies will collaborate on adapting Web 2.0 technologies ranging from social networking software, Internet collaboration, blogs, RSS feeds and Web services for use in the financial services industry. The collaboration will help to accelerate application development, create applications for different devices and ultimately make access to financial services simpler and easier.
"This innovation initiative, in cooperation with IBM, will allow both companies to develop solutions which will transform the way financial services are traditionally used," says Miguel Montes, Operations and Technology General Director of Banco Sabadell.
This alliance is an important step forward in the bank's focus on applying innovative and emerging technologies enabling Banco Sabadell to have increased flexibility to respond to the needs of its customers, shareholders, suppliers and partners. The bank will be able to provide even greater value to its customers with increased efficiency.
With this agreement, Banco Sabadell establishes a direct connection with IBM research resources and positions itself as one of the most active agents in the financial sector in terms of innovation.