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  • Nova Scotia expects 'big' returns from alignment with IBM

Nova Scotia expects 'big' returns from alignment with IBM

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Nova Scotia, Canada is home to IT leader IBM's First Global Delivery Centre in Canada. The province was selected for this new venture through a competitive process.

"Establishing a Global Delivery Centre in Canada has been on our radar for some time," said John Lutz, president of IBM Canada. "From talent and technology, a provincial partnership approach, and competitive business costs, there is no question that Nova Scotia will be key to our Global Delivery Centre's long-term success."

Showcasing Information and Communications Technology Sector
Nova Scotia, Canada has created an environment to foster growth and innovation and is growing at a fast pace. Statistics Canada reports that in terms of real GDP, its ICT market was one of the fastest growing ICT sectors across the country. It has all of the key ingredients for growth - strong research and development support, competitive costs and an educated labour pool. In fact, the province has seen 16 percent more grads per capita on the average over any other provinces, according to Statistics Canada.

IBM and Nova Scotia Canada's Advance Educational Institutions Partner for Big Data Analytics Initiatives
Considered to be Canada's University Capital, Nova Scotia is home to 10 universities and 13 community college campuses. Availability of highly-skilled talent was a major factor for the province to be selected as the location for the IBM Global Delivery Centre. Dalhousie University, St. Mary's University, Acadia University, Cape Breton University, St. Francis Xavier University, Mount Saint Vincent University and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with IBM to partner on curricula and training initiatives that will provide students the skills they need to work with analytics and workplace optimization. It is expected that IBM will create up to 500 new employment positions in the province throughout the agreement.

Nova Scotia, Canada Geared Towards Big Data Analytics
Big Data Analytics promise to give businesses the tools and valuable information needed to identify unexpected insights, boost productivity, and improve profitability. This is made possible by capturing and making useful analysis of vast amounts of structured and unstructured data being generated daily. IBM reported in its Chief Marketing Officer Study that "we now create as much information every two days as we did from the dawn of civilization to 2003," Nova Scotia, Canada is proud to be intimately involved in this growing market by aligning itself with industry leaders working on innovation in Big Data Analytics.