IBM opens office in Davao

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[/caption] IBM Philippines said the expansion is as part of the company?s continued investment in growth markets and commitment to increasing its support for clients and partners outside the National Capital Region (NCR). The new branch strengthens IBM?s operations in the Philippines which includes sales and distribution, global process services/ business process outsourcing (BPO), application management services, and an IBM Innovation Center. ?IBM has been operating in the Philippines for 75 years working with thousands of customers and partners across the country. In line with our geographical expansion strategy, we are currently strengthening our operations to expand further beyond Metro Manila, aligned with the government’s ?Next Wave? cities program,? said Mariels Almeda Winhoffer, president and country general manager of IBM Philippines. Recently, IBM signed an agreement with the Davao City government to provide an Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) for security and safety to help transform Davao into the premier socio-economic and tourism hub in Mindanao, East ASEAN Growth Area, and the Asia-Pacific region. The Mindanao region, where Davao is located, plays an important role in the economic development of the Philippines. Davao City?s strategic location makes it an important trade center for the region with its strong international links with neighboring countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Australia. In 2009, IBM collaborated with the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. to establish the Davao SME Solutions Center that aims to tap into IBM’s expertise and solutions to support Mindanao?s small and medium enterprises (SME) sector. In 2008 and 2011, IBM deployed two teams of high-performing employees from various parts of the world to Davao as part of the IBM Corporate Service Corps (CSC) program. IBM?s CSC, often referred to as a corporate version of the ?Peace Corps?, is an employee development training program which places teams of IBMers into emerging markets for designated pro-bono projects. This year, the first Davao leg of the Computer Eyes Camp — a two-week computer camp for the visually impaired — was implemented in cooperation with the Department of Education, Resources for the Blind (RBI) and IBM. IBM also donated several KidSmart Early Learning units to the Davao City Government for its public library and day care programs. IBM?s KidSmart program includes the Young Explorer, a computer housed in brightly-colored, child friendly Little Tikes furniture and equipped with educational software to help children learn and explore concepts in math, science and language. The new Davao office located at the IT Building 3, Topaz tower, Damaso IT Park, JP Laurel Avenue, Lanang, in Davao City was inaugurated during a special ceremony attended by the city mayor, government officials, clients and business and community partners. ]]>

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