Published: Jan. 13, 2009

MSU named home to IBM Global Delivery Center; IBM supports creation of state technology corridor

Contact(s): Kent Cassella Asst. VP of Communications cell: (517) 599-8537 Kent.Cassella@cabs.msu.edu, Kurt Weiss Mich. Dept. of Information Technology office: (517) 335-0050 weissk1@michigan.gov, Randy Zane IBM Media Relations office: (917) 472-3589 rzane@us.ibm.com

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, on behalf of the State of Michigan, and IBM (NYSE: IBM), in close partnership with Michigan State University, today announced the creation of a global delivery center for application services to be located on the MSU campus in East Lansing.

The Global Delivery Center will be the first of its kind in the U.S. for IBM. The center will provide innovative application development and support services to modernize older and less efficient information technology (IT) systems for state and local government agencies and universities.  Additionally, IBM will accommodate work from telecommunications, health care and other U.S.-based clients in the center with a focus on modernizing IT applications through process excellence, tooling automation and asset re-use.

“We are working hard every day to grow our economy and create jobs,” said Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm.“This center is an outstanding example of a project that brings together economic development, educational opportunity and jobs in a way that can help transform our economy in the 21st century.”


IBM will collaborate with MSU professors to educate students and recent graduates on the application development techniques that will help to create a work force prepared to lead in the current economic environment. 

“Michigan State University shares the bold vision for the role technology plays in building a diverse 21st-century economy.  Our partnership with IBM will involve a multidisciplinary approach that leverages the intellectual assets of several colleges, including business, engineering, natural science, and social science,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon.


MSU is known internationally as a major public university with global reach and extraordinary impact.

“Like IBM, MSU has a long tradition of and commitment to international engagement,” said Simon.  “Our understanding of the global environment makes us the ideal partner for this project.”

Students studying computer science, supply chain, and engineering will be candidates for employment by programs in the IBM Global Delivery Center. 


"Combining our own expertise in services and application development, this agreement builds on a successful long-term relationship between IBM, MSU and the State of Michigan,” said Charles L. Prow, Managing Partner Government, IBM Global Business Services. “This project demonstrates Michigan’s pledge to use technology to improve agency services, as well as a commitment to create highly skilled job opportunities for its citizens.”


The project supports Granholm’s vision to create a technology corridor that uses highly skilled workers as a means to generate job growth and improve the economic base in the state.


Establishment of the center will help to centralize application support and increase efficiencies. In its network of Global Delivery Centers, IBM has a set of integrated tools, processes and disciplines that will be transplanted to the Michigan center to deliver superior applications for clients. 


Support from the city of East Lansing, Lansing Economic Area Partnership (Leap), MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. was a key factor in IBM’s decision to locate this project in Michigan.


“This is a huge opportunity for our region,” said Denyse Ferguson, Leap’s president and CEO. “We’re thrilled to welcome IBM and everything they’re bringing in terms of jobs, opportunities for students and support for our IT sector.”


IBM expects to begin operations in the first quarter of this year in the MSU Federal Credit Union building on campus, as the Credit Union has relocated its headquarters to another location.


The state estimates that the move by IBM to bring jobs and employees to Michigan as part of the new center will create up to 1,500 new direct and indirect jobs over the next five years, with 100 new direct jobs by June 2009. For more information visit www.ibm.com.

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Michigan State University has been advancing knowledge and transforming lives through innovative teaching, research and outreach for more than 150 years. MSU is known internationally as a major public university with global reach and extraordinary impact. Its 17 degree-granting colleges attract scholars worldwide who are interested in combining education with practical problem solving.

 

 

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