IBM is planning to implement a number of emerging-tech initiatives in France which will create around 1800 jobs in the country.
The initiatives in the next two years will be focused on cutting-edge technologies including blockchain, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing.
According to Le Monde, the announcement was made by Virginia Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM during Tech for Good Summit in Paris. The summit was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.
IBM is designing a great future for French young people. Thank you Virginia Rometty for committing to making #TechForGood by creating jobs and opening schools everywhere in France. Can’t wait to meet our future young French tech leaders. pic.twitter.com/GejvzwkPEP
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 24, 2018
IBM is planning to hire IT architects, business consultants, technical experts and developers. The company is looking for both new graduates and senior professionals.
IBM is collaborating with the French government on its P-TECH (Pathways to Technology Early College High School) education model. P-TECH which was created in 2011, is focused on providing young people – mainly from disadvantaged backgrounds – the skills and credentials required for 21st-century jobs.
In addition, IBM France Academy will be launched. It will be based in Paris and supported by online courses, will train IBM France employees, clients and partners to build modern skills for the AI-era.
Let us remind that IBM is actively increasing its involvement in blockchain based projects. In March Batavia, a global trade finance platform based on blockchain and built on the IBM Blockchain Platform has passed its first live pilot transactions with corporate clients. The platform is jointly developed by a consortium of five banks – UBS, Bank of Montreal (BMO), CaixaBank, Commerzbank and Erste Group, and IBM as equal member to the banks.
Recently the company announced that the world’s smallest computer will use blockchain technology and soon be “embedded into everyday devices”. In January IBM partnered with Danish transport and logistics company Maersk to create a blockchain-based shipping and supply chain venture.
A study by Juniper Research ranked IBM as NO 1 blockchain technology leader in September 2017.