After last evening's impressive earnings announcement, technology giant International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) can proudly tout the international piece of its name. With close to $100 billion in annual revenue, Big Blue probably runs into every player in the technology sector. Thanks to a global footprint, its size isn't stopping it from growing briskly, as second-quarter sales grew 9% and earnings advanced a healthier 15%.

Faster-growing overseas markets and a weak U.S. dollar are boosting results at most geographically diversified Blue Chip companies, be it Yum! Brands, Coca-Cola, or Johnson & Johnson. IBM is no exception and is even seeing decent growth closer to home as Americas revenue improved 6% for the second quarter.

As you might have guessed, Asia/Pacific revenue advanced 10% while IBM's Europe/Middle East/Africa geographic segment shot up 13%, with currency benefits contributing more than half of that number. From a business perspective, the global services and software units also saw double-digit top-line gains, and it's no secret management wants to increase its exposure to these highly profitable categories. On July 8, it announced its latest software move -- the acquisition of privately held DataMirror.  

The earnings press release highlighted management's strategy to grow earnings through 2010 by focusing on "emerging markets, acquisitions and service oriented architecture opportunities." Second-quarter results definitely "underscored" this strategy as growth stemmed from these three key areas.

As time goes on, IBM may begin increasingly to cross paths with software titans Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL), and SAP (NYSE:SAP) overseas. However, there's a silver lining here: It may bump into Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), Lenovo, and Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW) less at it moves away from its lower-margin systems and hardware businesses.

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