IBM is the global leader in business transformation, serving clients in more than 170 countries around the world. The company has been in Canada for 105 years and is one of the country’s top 10 private R&D investors. It has a long and successful history in New Brunswick, and, for the past decade, the company’s global cybersecurity practice has been located in its Fredericton location, a result of the 2011 acquisition of security intelligence firm Q1 Labs. That deal played a key role in making New Brunswick a cybersecurity hotspot, with hundreds of new jobs created in the capital city to support the IBM Security unit.
IBM’s Fredericton cybersecurity hub supports more than 5,000 IBM Security QRadar customers globally and serves as the “brains” behind IBM’s 10 security operation centres worldwide. Earlier this year, IBM also announced a collaboration with the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) McKenna Institute, Université de Moncton, and Tech Impact to provide enhanced access to IBM SkillsBuild for 40,000 people. IBM has invested heavily in skills, innovation, and research in Atlantic Canada and across the country.
Last week it was announced that IBM was expanding its New Brunswick footprint with the launch of its latest Client Innovation Centre (CIC) in Fredericton. This new CIC joins a network of centres around the world, including ones in Halifax, Montreal, Gatineau, and Calgary, and is expected to create up to 250 new ICT roles in the province. The Centre will contribute to strengthening the province’s technology sector and support businesses to accelerate digital transformation through increased access to talent and innovative technologies.
What are Client Innovation Centres?
IBM Client Innovation Centres are a global network of IBM delivery centres serving customers worldwide through an integrated set of specialized tools, processes, and expertise. The company says its New Brunswick centre will have a similar approach to the CIC in Nova Scotia, which was established in 2013 and serves several clients around the world. It is intended to create more opportunities for both new graduates and experienced professionals in the digital sector, with an emphasis on equity and inclusion. IBM selected New Brunswick as the location for its new CIC for several reasons, including its highly skilled and diverse workforce and the alignment with the provincial government’s objectives of creating good jobs and improving workforce skills training.
What New Brunswickers Need to Know
The New Brunswick CIC will have an initial focus on delivering consulting services along with Oracle-based technologies, cloud, machine learning, robotic process automation (RPA), the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and more.
Roles in the Fredericton-based centre will include application developers, technical testers, business analysts, customer experience, design consulting, digital transformation, and more, all of which are in high demand by Canadian businesses.
These are high-value jobs with the intent to deliver technology and services within the province, across Canada, and all over the globe, with a hiring a mix of new graduates, early professionals, and seasoned professionals.
Recruiting will begin in January 2023 and interested candidates can visit www.ibm.com/ca-en/employment to learn more.