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Meet our people

At IBM we're developing new ways for people to think, interact, manage their businesses and govern their lives. But first and foremost, we're about people.

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A team that, when you put them together can achieve something that none, as bright as they are, could on their own. In a networked world, it is the diversity of the experts that you bring to the table that can make a difference. Under one roof (metaphorically speaking) we have thousands of experts. All of whom will be your colleagues. Their expertise can be combined with yours to a remarkable end.


Sara

Sara
Supply Chain Leadership Program – Procurement Professional
Intergrated Supply Chain
Markham, Ontario

 

 

A day in my shoes is...
Speaking to our internal clients and procurement professionals who evaluate our processes daily. IBM is always looking to be better and faster so I am charged with the task of recommending improvements to the end-to-end procurement process. Soliciting user feedback is a critical component of that task.

Before I joined IBM, I...
Completed my HBA and MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business. I wanted to apply my business education in a corporate environment and identified IBM's Supply Chain Leadership Program as an excellent avenue for personal growth and career development.

My IBM career has...
Been an incredible learning experience. I began my IBM career in July 2004 and represented Canada on a global initiative. In my current role, I work to improve the efficiency of our processes. I am also a member of the IBM Canadian Women’s Leadership Council and volunteered for an Employee Charitable Fund committee.

IBM has opened doors for my career by...
The Supply Chain Leadership Program allows me to gain experience in different parts of our Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) and to develop my network. I aspire to assume a leadership role in the ISC and will leverage my experiences to continue to drive positive change.

An exciting project I was part of...
My first project at IBM challenged me to lead a team to support our sales people to more effectively capture solutions in the marketplace. In addition to accruing personal and professional growth, I was able to influence major decisions and collaborate with the various arms of the IBM organization.

The reason I am at IBM...
I joined IBM for the mentorship and career growth opportunities. IBM understands the value of its people and encourages continuous learning and development. I have several mentors, both formal and informal, who have provided me with excellent coaching and insight to the organization.


Brad

Brad
HR Global Programs Manager - GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender)
Sales & Distribution
Markham, Ontario

 

 

A day in my shoes is...
Spent working in multiple time zones. I work for our global headquarters in Armonk, NY and use flexible work arrangements to work from an office in my home in Toronto. I have responsibility for our worldwide diversity programs for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender employees so I work with people all over the world every day.

Before I joined IBM, I...
Was a student at Lakehead University. I graduated with a double major in Management Systems and Marketing and was hired before I graduated by IBM. I had been very active on campus with student politics and I produced the campus newspaper for a couple of years.

My IBM career has...
Involved most of our divisions. I started in technical support in our services division then worked in product management before spending a few years as a sales specialist for the retail industry. I wanted to change my career focus and have been working in Human Resources for the last four years.

IBM has opened doors for my career by...
I have had some really great managers and mentors in IBM who challenged me to take on different assignments. I was able to continue my education to get new opportunities also. IBM has great internal training programs but they also sent me to Santa Clara University in San Jose and UCLA for specialized courses. Now I get invited back to lecture at UCLA each year.

An exciting project I was part of...
One of my customers decided to be the first retailer to use a new product that IBM was developing. I worked with our research staff and product developers before the product was even announced. Working with my customer we installed the first proto-type of some really leading edge technology that had never been used before. It was a great opportunity to work with people from all over IBM to create something very innovative.

The reason I am at IBM...
There are a lot of great opportunities at IBM and you don't have to worry about getting stuck in a job you don't like. I have also had the opportunity to travel to our locations in Europe, Japan, and Brazil. My partner and I even spent a week in Bali once as an award for top sales.


Deirdre

Deirdre
IBM Academy of Technology Rotational Assignee
Software Group
Markham, Ontario

 

 

A day in my shoes is...
I am currently on a 6 1/2 month assignment with the IBM Academy of Technology in Somers, New York. My assignment involves facilitating the daily running of the Academy, as well as participating in its investigation of issues that face the global technical community.

Before I joined IBM, I...
I was a student at the University of Waterloo, pursuing and attaining a Bachelor of Mathematics in Honours Computer Science Co-op, Information Systems Option. While there I spent two co-op work terms with IBM - one in San Jose, CA and one in Cambridge, MA.

My IBM career has...
My first full-time role with IBM was as a Business Scenario Designer, within IBM's Software Group division in Markham, Ontario. While in Markham, I participated in the wealth of community activities run there, including their EXITE (Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering) Camp for girls, mentoring a female student via email, and acting as a coordinator for IBM Canada's annual employee charity drive.

IBM has opened doors for my career by...
While working with IBM, I have had the opportunity to work with and observe some of the most talented individuals I have ever met. The sheer breadth of experience and expertise held by this company's technical experts is nothing short of amazing. Above everything else IBM has to offer, it has been the opportunity to meet and work with these special people that has furthered my growth as an individual.

An exciting project I was part of...
An exciting project I worked on was the early development stages of a distributed systems application for doctors and researchers interested in the biomedical, computational, and mathematical aspects of cancer research. The talent of the team I worked on, combined with the extremely interesting topic and the opportunity to work directly with the target consumer, made this a project to remember!

The reason I am at IBM...
I chose IBM because they are a leader in today's computer software industry. My experiences with them as a co-operative education student were very positive and gave me the opportunity to learn about the diverse, cutting-edge work environment IBM creates for its employees. Who wouldn't want to work with the best and the brightest from around the world?


John

John
IT Architect, Call Centre Solutions, Certified Genesys Engineer
Global Technology Services
Markham, Ontario

 

 

A day in my shoes is...
To work closely with my clients to create leading-edge contact centre integration solutions. Contact centres are front-line interaction channels between my clients and their customers. Through my work, my clients are well equipped to serve their customers better, which allows them to win in this customer-centric market space.

Before I joined IBM, I...
Was an Engineering Science student at the University of Toronto and have worked at a number of organizations in both public and private sectors. I've always wanted to use technology to help people solve real-life problems. I joined IBM knowing that my career will allow me to work with clients, face-to-face, and help them best apply technology to meet their business needs.

My IBM career has...
Been full of challenges and rewarding experience. In the short, four years I have been with IBM, I have taken on different roles, ranging from infrastructure specialist, application developer, trainer, solution designer, and IT architect. Through these roles, I have received exposure to different aspects of the business.

IBM has opened doors for my career by...
Within IBM, different opinions and perspectives are well valued and well respected. The opportunities that exist in this large organization with such a rich client base are phenomenal. I don't need to move to a different company to try a different job.

An exciting project I was part of...
I recently completed a project with a major Canadian telecom. Working as an architect, along with a team of experts in different areas, I helped put in place an enterprise-wide skills-based voice routing solution. With the solution, the client is now able to connect the consumer on the phone with the most appropriately skilled agent within the shortest response time, regardless of where the consumer is located and regardless of where the agent is located. The solution strategically positioned the client and gave them predominant advantages in creating future services to better serve their customers.

The reason I am at IBM...
Is because IBM creates a challenging, yet well supported, environment to help me grow. I am constantly facing tasks that require me to learn quickly on the job. In the meantime, whether I am onsite working on a client engagement or at IBM working on a proposal, I am always well supported by a worldwide team of experts. Besides work, with the help of the Tuition Refund Program, I completed the Master of Engineering degree program at the University of Toronto.


Sangita

Sangita
Financial Analyst
IBM Global Technology Services
Markham, Ontario

 

 

A day in my shoes is...
I am a new graduate starting in the Finance area. Last year, I completed a 16-month EPIC internship in Campus Recruiting. My role was focused in the University Relations area where I was responsible for centralizing the information and relationships IBM has with various Canadian universities. The best part of this job was the opportunity to learn something new everyday and interact with many IBMers.

Before I joined IBM, I...
Before I joined IBM, I was a student at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and attained an Honours Bachelor of Commerce. During this time, I was involved with the Golden Key International Honour Society. I held several positions on the McMaster Chapter executive such as Public Relations Director, Vice President, and Advisor. Through organizing and participating in events as well as attending conferences, I had the opportunity to be involved in several community service initiatives. During my internship at IBM, I was able to play a role in developing a partnership with Golden Key to strengthen the top talent strategy.

My IBM career has...
While at IBM, I have been involved with Future Blue and had the opportunity to meet and interact with many co-ops and interns. I am also part of the South Asian Network Group (SANG) and helped organize the SANG Gala last year.

IBM has opened doors for my career by...
At IBM, I have had several opportunities for training and development and acquiring new skills. All of these combined have given me a great start to my career path and enabled me to hit the ground running. I look forward to new challenges in the future.

An exciting project I was part of...
One of my first projects upon joining IBM was to help my manager prepare for the annual University Relations workshop. I was given the task of putting together an overview presentation of IBM Canada recruiting. This project enabled me to learn very quickly about IBM recruiting and I was delighted when my manager invited me to present it with him.

The reason I am at IBM...
Is because of the vast career opportunities, the strong emphasis placed on the development of employees, and the positive environment in which to work.


Bill

Bill
Distinguished Engineer, Chief BI Architect, DB2 UDB Development
Software Group
Markham, Ontario

 

 

A day in my shoes is...
A day in my shoes is spread between three areas within IBM. First is integrally involved in the DB2 Architecture decisions and development; specifically overseeing the architecture from a Business Intelligence (BI) point-of-view. Second, is IBM cross-division work. I work regularly with IBM Global Business Services (GBS), Server & Storage Group (STG), WebSphere (e.g., WebSphere Business Integrator), and other areas of Information Management (e.g., Data Warehouse Edition, Content Management, and Information Integration). In this collaboration, I focus on a unified IBM BI solution. Finally, I also work regularly with DB2 warehousing customers as well as industry analysts in the field. Now, what is most enjoyable to me, is pulling together a complete IBM solution and seeing customer implementations exceed expectations. When all areas work together, IBM is a formidable force.

Before I joined IBM, I...
I was an Architect and I focused on storage and run-time development. Prior to that, I was a database researcher for a telephone service provider. In this latter role, I focused on research work in database storage in Massive Parallel Processing (MPP) environments. I also was an adjunct professor at Princeton University as well as New Jersey Institute of Technology where I taught database courses at the graduate level.

My IBM career has...
My Evolved. When I joined IBM after NCR, I worked in the storage area of DB2. Then, later, I took on a technical management role leading and driving the DB2 Query Compiler area in development. Lastly, I have since moved to leading DB2 directions in BI and collaborating with other divisions building a large BI architecture. I also spent time on the SQL Standards board representing Canada for IBM and participate in the Canadian Technical Excellence Council.

IBM has opened doors for my career by...
IBM has a broad spectrum of expertise and knowledge to learn from and grow. It has shifted from a pure technology company over the last couple decades to instead being a company solving business problems using technology. If you are innovative, you have the opportunity to branch out into new areas. This provides unique growth opportunities in a person's career path. I have exploited this opportunity myself. One example is being instrumental in starting a new business model around the IBM Balanced Configuration Unit for AIX and Linux. IBM allowed us the opportunity to grow a business market based on our insight into the business problems.

An exciting project I was part of...
One of the most exciting projects lately has been the "IBM Balanced Configuration Unit for AIX and Linux". This was a novel concept in IBM that a group of us pushed resulting in a new IBM product. It is a cross STG, SWG, and WW BI best Practice team joint effort. It has revolutionized how IBM goes to market in the BI warehousing space.

The reason I am at IBM...
Is to make a difference in the market place. I have been working in the BI area for over two decades. IBM has more breadth and expertise than any other company I have seen across all disciplines - anywhere from tooling, databases, to semi-structured data and business consulting. When combining these disciplines, powerful things can be achieved for our customers.


Sumit

Sumit
DB2 Product Planning Team
Software Group
Markham, Ontario

 

 

A day in my shoes is...
A day in my shoes begins with coffee... but soon after that, it's off to the races. My job keeps me busy, but not crazy. On an average day, I'll be doing anything from answering field questions about DB2's license policies to coding the latest and greatest demos and sample applications in any new language they throw at me.

Before I joined IBM, I...
I was a student at the University of Alberta. I was studying Computer Engineering and trying to stay involved in my community and enjoy life. Fortunately, being at IBM allows me to continue to work hard and play hard.

My IBM career has...
My My IBM career has been amazing. It's allowed me to grow both professionally as well as personally. I have volunteered with the Toronto Lab's Future Blue student community and Next Wave new hire community groups, participated in the Employee Charitable Fund campaigns and other charity events over the past few years, and have also found time in there to get some work done. I have been on a few teams in my time here, doing everything from DB2 integration testing to DB2 product planning.

IBM has opened doors for my career by...
IBM has been great in terms of career possibilities. It has opened so many doors that would never have been possible in any other company. In the past few years, I have had an opportunity to work with some industry heavy hitters, as well with people all throughout IBM's vast array products and services. The people here are world class, and there is so much to learn from them.

An exciting project I was part of...
One of the most exciting projects I have worked on here at IBM has been revamping the demo infrastructure for DB2. It has been an amazing experience, and in fact, was my first project that I was able to take from inception to completion. I gained experience defining goals, setting out plans, working with various teams, coding, testing, and packaging all through this one task.

The reason I am at IBM...
I value my work and I value my time. IBM promotes personal and professional growth, and it helps you along here with varied and in-depth on-the-job education, and by providing everyone (students and new hires included) the chance to take on important and challenging projects.