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IBM Atlantic Supporting the Greater Halifax Community

Great companies foster great business. That’s certainly the case with IBM Canada. The advanced information technology firm has a solid – and growing – presence in Atlantic Canada. In turn, IBM is helping other businesses throughout the region enjoy solid growth.

“IBM Canada is a proud part of the East Coast and its communities. We believe in its future. We support its vibrant economy and its growth through our large local presence and our global reach,” says Cal Gosse, IBM Territory Manager, Atlantic Canada.

“For decades,” he adds, “IBM has worked with local businesses to create jobs and contribute directly to Atlantic Canada’s economy.”

Here’s how. IBM collaborates with local information technology companies and IBM Business Partners to build and expand the capabilities and increase the competitiveness of these partners. “We also help them engage in opportunities within Atlantic Canada and in the wider international marketplace,” notes Mr. Gosse.

The impact of that help is significant. The company provides direct jobs for nearly 500 people in Atlantic Canada and works with more than 75 IBM Business Partners across the region, including local resellers who do business nationally and internationally.

SmartBusiness, in turn, is actively working with IBM to develop a business case for expanding its presence in the region. That business case is strong, and getting stronger. An international survey of business costs ranked Halifax as the fourth most cost-competitive location – compared to 98 cities in 11 countries. One singular advantage of doing business in Halifax: the 63 per cent of all adults who have at least a post-secondary education and provide a skilled – and motivated – workforce. It’s also a well-connected workforce. Nova Scotia has the most widely deployed broadband network in the country.

Those are clear advantages for a company like IBM that is focused on finding solutions for clients. Those solutions include undertaking a complete upgrade of the information technology infrastructure at the Discovery Centre, the region’s largest – and most vibrant – science and technology centre. IBM is also working with universities in Atlantic Canada to help establish the region as a centre for research and innovation. For example, the company and Mount Allison University are working together to better understand how human DNA is damaged by exposure to the sun using supercomputing technology.  Most recently, IBM contributed to Memorial University’s new Landmark Graphics Visualization Laboratory  - the first immersive visualization centre of its kind at a university – as well as install a campus-wide IP telephony solution. Then there is the Progress Face to Face Conference, which IBM Atlantic has sponsored since the event’s inception. The two and a half day annual conference is a place to discover new business opportunities, network with the region’s business growers, and learn from Atlantic Canada’s most experienced entrepreneurs.

At the heart of IBM is new technology – and new advances. “We’re about innovation that matters,” says Mr. Gosse. “We work with leading organizations across the provinces’ public and private sectors to help them bring new ideas, new products and new services to the people of Atlantic Canada.”

Atlantic Canada is an excellent place for IBM to do business – continued business, notes Stephen Dempsey, President and CEO of the Greater Halifax Partnership. “In addition to helping IBM build its business case, we are working with the company to identify and remove barriers to growth so that it continues to contribute to the growth of the economy,”

The result: Business that helps other business grow.

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