IBM began operating in Israel in 1949. Since then, the company has been a key player in Israel's high-tech industry, supporting the economic and technological growth of the country. IBM's research lab in Haifa was established in the early '70s, long before Israel was known worldwide as the "startup nation."
Today, IBM employs more than 2,000 people in Israel in the fields of R&D services, software, finance and more. In less than two decades, the company acquired 14 Israeli companies, each of which operates R&D centers locally, including TRUSTEER and XIV.