Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated IBM’s Client Innovation Center (CIC) at O-Hub, Chandaka Industrial Estate in Bhubaneswar further expanding IT ecosystem in the State. The new centre will position Odisha as a technology resource hub of India.
The Innovation Centre will have capacity for 500 employees as the company is looking to expand its capacity to serve global clients out of India. It will create opportunities for existing employees as well as enable the company to harness the potential talent including graduate hires from the technical educational ecosystem in Odisha, an official source of the IBM stated.
Inaugurating the facility, the Chief Minister said, “Over the years, the resurgent Odisha has scripted success stories in many spheres. It is marching ahead with renewed confidence towards a ‘New Odisha’ adopting new ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship. Odisha is now fast emerging as a technology resource hub of India.”
Highlighting the immense scope available in Bhubaneswar, Patnaik said that most of the IT companies have set foot in Bhubaneswar. “The enabling environment, facilitation service and huge talent pool available here have turned Odisha into a destination of choice.”
“Opening up of the IBM Client Innovation Center adds yet another watershed moment, signifying the fast changing IT ecosystem in the state,” the CM further said. E&IT Minister Tusarkanti Behera said, “Under the guidance of Hon’ble CM, we are committed to provide an ecosystem for job linked industrial growth.”
The E&IT Secretary Manoj Kumar Mishra thanked IBM for opening the CIC in the Capital City, mentioning that it will further bolster IT ecosystem in the State and create jobs for Odisha’s youth. Notably, the new CIC will leverage the IBM Garage method of delivery, an approach that helps IBM ‘Co-create’, ‘Co-innovate’, and ‘Co-operate’ transformative business and complex technology solutions with its clients and ecosystem partners, a senior IBM official expressed.