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Bulgarian students compete in IBM's 'Supply Chain of the Future' contest

2009: Volume 2, Article 6

In today's interconnected world, supply chains have become truly global. In addition, supply chains of the future will need to have the instrumentation, interconnectedness and intelligence to predict, if not prevent, disruptions before they occur. They'll need to rely on new approaches that employ sensor technologies, new analytic capabilities and simulation techniques to not just sense and respond, but anticipate and act.

How will companies drive integration and visibility? That question was put to student teams from several local universities involved in an IBM Bulgaria University Relations project. The project, one of the first of its kind in the IBM CEEMEA (Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, considered a major growth area, was created to challenge students to compete on real-life business cases, and give them an opportunity to interact first-hand with IBM professionals.

Students were chosen according to their willingness to address Supply Chain Management issues by sharing their views on what "Smarter Supply Chains of the Future "would look like. It also gave participants the opportunity to learn more about IBM as an employer.

The two winning teams, from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEBA) at The Sofia University, received cash awards of $2000 (led by team captain Volen) and $1,000 (led by team captain Stoyan), respectively. Together with IBM, they made their first steps toward finding out more about a supply chain career and the skills needed to succeed.

Picture of Stoyan "I learned a lot about the way IBM has diversified its activities," adds Stoyan, second place team lead. "I believe IBM has a lot to offer - not only for computer specialists - (replace commas with dashes) so working there might be a great opportunity."

Picture of Milena"The main challenge we faced was in developing the right strategy to reach the students, provoke their curiosity and draw their attention to the project at hand," says Milena, Project Manager and Business Analyst, IBM Bulgaria. She adds, "the most rewarding aspects were seeing how many teams registered for the competition, as well as seeing students' passion and dedication."

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