Innovative US Partnership to Drive Mobile, Analytics and Security Skills for the Digital Economy

Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

IBM, CenturyLink and the State of Louisiana have announced a unique public-private partnership that will create high-value, high-tech jobs in Louisiana, to help meet the talent demands of the digital economy.

As part of a 10 year business transformation agreement between IBM and CenturyLink, IBM will open and staff the new applications development innovation centre in Louisiana, creating over 400 new roles for experienced professionals, which will largely involve employing graduates from the state's colleges and universities.

The centre will provide services to IBM's global clients that address the rapidly increasing demand for flexible software services, to create value from big data, cloud computing and mobile-led business transformation.

In addition to the 400 jobs that will directly result from this project, Louisiana Economic Development estimates approximately 400 new indirect jobs emerging as well.

Interestingly, IBM will work closely with local professors to recommend curricular innovations focused on technology, math and software development, and equip students with the skills to meet the growing demand for business services, including advanced analytics, process innovation and app development.

"We're proud to be part of this innovative public-private partnership with the State of Louisiana and CenturyLink to further develop highly valued skills and solutions expertise in security, analytics and mobility applications," said Colleen Arnold, Senior Vice President, IBM Sales and Distribution. "Louisiana is the right place for high-tech job growth with an exceptional education system, business environment and workforce to serve the needs of our clients."

The centre in Monroe is the second IBM centre in Louisiana, modeled on a highly successful IBM skills hub in Baton Rouge in 2013. Both centres are part of IBM's globally integrated network of client service centres, delivering both industry and technical expertise to IBM clients worldwide.

This partnership will include formal internships with IBM and additional CenturyLink internships for students in the targeted universities. Furthermore, IBM will work with the Louisiana Economic Development FastStart initiative to recruit suitable candidates, including campus events in Louisiana and neighboring states, as well as via social media, alumni events and the development of recruiting materials.