IBM to open global delivery centre in Cyberjaya


By CHONG JINN XIUNG bytz@thestar.com.my

INDUSTRY giant IBM Corp will be creating more IT jobs for Malaysians with the opening of its Global Delivery Centre (GDC) in Cyberjaya.

Ramanathan Sathiamutty, managing ­director for IBM Malaysia, said the new ­centre is expected to create 3,000 jobs over the course of six years.

IBM invested RM1bil in the centre that will service its clients around the globe, ­particularly the United States and Europe.

“It will offer service system operations, end-user services and security for our ­clients across different industries, from finance to retail,” said IBM Corp general manager for global technology delivery and delivery ­excellence, Patt Cronin.

“We selected Malaysia because the country has a good pool of skills and talents, as well as strong public-private partnerships,” he said.

According to IBM, the centre will operate from a temporary building in Cyberjaya next year with 700 employees.

“We are looking to employ not just fresh graduates but also people with three to five years of working experience,” said Cronin.

IBM is also working with local universities and colleges to improve curriculae to make graduates more employable, as well as hosting internship programmes to get students better prepared for working life.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the 10-storey GDC is set to be held in the first quarter of next year and the building is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2013.

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