IBM has opened a new IT Services Centre in Magdeburg Germany, potentially creating up to 300 new IT sector jobs as it scales up over the next couple of years.
The new Centre will initially have less than a hundred staff, featuring a mix of recent graduates and experienced professionals. It is part of a drive by IBM to strengthen its local presence in Germany, although the facility will also serve international clients as well as domestic ones, providing consulting, development, integration and maintenance IT services. If it is successful IBM plans to add more jobs next year and expand the Centre based upon demand.
The technology giant is betting that as so-called ‘big data’ analytics, cloud computing and mobile business technologies take off more and more demand will be created, from smaller firms especially, that will need outside assistance.
The IBM Services Centre in Magdeburg offers technical know-how and expertise locally in Germany. At the same time, however, the vendor says the Centre will work hand-in-hand with IBM’s global network and benefit from innovations developed in other IBM Services Centres around the globe. The facility has been opened with the assistance and support of the respective regional and local authorities in Saxony-Anhalt and Magdeburg, Germany, and will seek to forge strong links with local universities in the area.
Commenting on the opening Gregor Pillen, head of the Corporate Consulting Division of IBM Global Business Services, said he wanted to offer national and international clients high-value IT services with the ‘Made in Germany’ stamp upon them. “Our commitment to Magdeburg demonstrates our optimism about Europe,” he added, “since local Services Centres are currently being set up in numerous other European locations.”
The new facility in Germany serves as a local representative for the worldwide global delivery of IBM services and will be incorporated into their European business strategy. The Centre joins a globally integrated network of offices and experts, which seek to provide technological expertise and a wide range of services to both public and private clients.