“We have been working on this project for almost last five years. I am glad that today we can commence a new era of our cooperation with IBM” – Piotr Uszok, Katowice mayor, commented during a press conference which was held on Tuesday, 4th of June, in the headquarters of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ) in Warsaw.
The self-will of Katowice representatives pays off. IBM is going to create approximately 2000 workplaces by the year 2015 when the newly created Delivery Center will get its full operation. As of now, it is expected to employ about 400 people this year. “We prepare to open the center in August, maybe in September, depending on how quickly the team will be hired” – said Jolanta Jaworska, Chief of Public Programs at IBM Eastern and Central Europe.
GSDC in Katowice
Delivery Center in Katowice will be a part of IBM Global Services Delivery Center Polska. The Center will provide information technology services covering the full range of hardware and software solutions used by clients headquartered in Europe as well as in some other countries across the globe.
“IBM considers Poland as a really serious partner for development of the company’s strategy. I am very happy to announce that Katowice was selected for the location of our brand new Delivery Center. We chose the City mostly because of its strategic location, qualified workforce and number of universities. The project proves our commitment to Poland” – said Ales Bartunek, Country General Manager for IBM Poland and Baltics. The manager also pointed out the company wants to extend the cooperation with universities.
IBM already cooperates with public and private universities in Katowice and the area. The aim is to provide academia with technology, knowledge and access to specialized software to improve training and education, and to strengthen the scope of IT programs.
Big job creation
Stef Stangret, Director of the IBM’s Delivery Center in Wrocław, said: “I am very excited. I see the same depth of talent, enthusiasm and support that we saw in Wrocław in 2009 when IBM was opening the center there. But the most important issue of this investment is the real benefit to the local community, including job positions which are being created.”
The company already commenced the recruitment process. Over 45 different vacancies wait for talented IT specialists and engineers being fluently in English and/or in German. Job roles involve, for example, system management, general management, services implementation and support where specialists act as a 1st, 2nd and 3rd level support analyst. The last one will focus on making changes to software or hardware configuration and changes in the code. “We are open for all, 25+ and 50+ employees, what means we need both technology graduates as well as experienced IT professionals, however the fluency in English is a must” – Jolanta Jaworska added.
Commitment pays off
“This is the most important investment has been taking place in Katowice since several past years. The undertaking opens new possibilities for the City’s business services sector. Today we are successful thanks to our direct meetings in the U.S. and involvement of the Executive Service Corps consisting of top IBM’s managers who have been working with Katowice for several weeks in 2010 within the Smarter Cities initiative. The shared experiences gave us a huge amount of knowledge and now we celebrate the day” – Piotr Uszok explained.
The total worth of the investment was not disclosed but it is unofficially compared to costs of the Wrocław’s Delivery Center created in 2009 – according to the Ministry of Economy, the cost amounted up to PLN 75 million that time.
The present Katowice office of IBM is located at 22 Dąbrowskiego St. The new center will be situated in a new seat, however the name of the office building has not yet been revealed.