An innovation in human resources


Big blue IBM is building a global talent pipeline, through international contests at University level of brilliant computer science students. This is acclaimed worldwide as an innovation in Human Resources planning and identification for future requirements. The initiative of IBM is with a purpose that is to use this Global talent for their company’s software development programs of near future and beyond.

San Antonio, Texas is Hispanic city of extremely diverse culture so it probably was the right meeting point for a confluence of talent from around the world.

Around 300 students from 84 countries have come together for the final battle of brains organized by the Association for Computing Machinery here. Despite the lingual diversity, they all spoke a common language, “the language of code�

Three teams from India—IIT-Bombay, Madras Institute of Technology and Indian Institution of Information Technology, Allahabad participated in this international collegiate programming contest hosted by Baylor University in Texas and sponsored by IBM.

Computer science departments of universities handpicked these students, after multiple layers of screening and streamlining.

So these students are the best problem solvers in the world. It could be business problems, personal or day-to-day challenges that need solving acumen, programming skills and teamwork. They are the future innovators, technocrats and tech leaders. These smart kids are going to use their talent and problem solving skills to improve life, said William Poucher, executive director of the contest and also professor of computer science at Baylor University. Dubbed recently by The Wall Street Journal as the “high geek of computing,� Poucher is known to be the most tech-savvy academician in the US. Although the Indian students were confident of wining, the final rounds went in favor of their Russian counterparts. Students from Saratov State University in Russia won first place.

It was a big challenge for students to solve a semester’s worth of computer programming problems within a grueling five-hour deadline. All of them need not make it to the top. But getting to the finals of this global computing exercise itself is a great honor to students said some of the professors in the field

So what does Big Blue get out of it? Well, it’s in the process of building a global pipeline of innovators. For the company, it’s about spotting and also catching them young. One of the directors (strategy), IBM Software Group said that these students are exposed to Java, Linux, Eclipse and other open computing platforms that are driving innovation in industries around the world. They are smart and a great future is ahead of them.

IBM has been associated with this contest from 1997, and this association has just been extended till 2012. With IBM, the contest has become truly global and it has already grown seven times bigger informed the renowned academicians connected with the contest.

The contest results were Jagiellonian University, Poland, Altai State Technical University, Russia, and the University of Twente, the Netherlands, finished the competition in second, third, and fourth places, respectively and all won gold medals.

In conclusion, it is commendable on the part of IBM for their approach in tapping extra ordinary high skilled software programmers. Also we have clearly outlined above the purpose of the contest sponsored by IBM which is self explanatory. There is no further elaboration needed.

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