24 June 2013

IBM Establishes New Services Center in Lille, France

Lille, France - 24 June 2013 - IBM today announced a new services center in the city of Lille that will create up to 700 French language IT roles in the coming three to five years. Newly established IBM Services Center Lille, a wholly owned subsidiary of IBM, will provide local clients with high value application development, application maintenance and systems integration services that address the increasing demand for flexible software capability to harness the benefits of emerging Big Data, cloud and mobile business technologies.

The center will offer IBM's French clients locally-based skills and technical expertise to drive innovation and adoption of new technology, and provide direct proximity while working in tandem with IBM's globally integrated capability network. Working closely with local government, Lille's Agency, North France Invest and EuraTechnologies, it is anticipated that the center's development will help to stimulate economic activity in the region.

During the next three to five years IBM Services Center Lille will employ technology graduates and experienced IT professionals with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, mathematics and science. The center will also offer internships and graduate assignments to harness the best IT talent from across the city and region.

"This investment in job creation to deliver new client value reflects IBM's commitment to providing the next-generation workforce with the advanced skills and expertise needed to drive innovation and adoption of emerging technologies," said Urs Briner, General Manager, IBM Global Business Services, France. "The new center aims to position Lille as a leader in the global technology sector and follows the creation of France Lab and the first center of public cloud in Montpellier, which together will provide high-value technology services to clients across France."

In an on-going relationship, the center will work with local universities to support development of the computer science curriculum and help the next generation of IT talent secure world class training. To cater for changing business needs and the demands of an evolving labour market students will be equipped with advanced, high demand skills that include advanced analytics, process innovation and application development.

Recruitment planning for the new positions will begin in July with a collaboration with Universities and PĂ´le-Emploi, an organisation for job seekers.

Source: IBM