Monday, April 16, 2012

IBM Academic Initiative - Resources and Opportunities

The IBM Academic Initiative is a global program that facilitates the collaboration between IBM and educators to teach students the information and communication technologies skills they need to be competitive and keep pace with changes in the workplace.

Become a member of the Academic Initiative to get no-charge access to hardware, full-version software, professionally developed courseware, tools, training, books, and discounts. Let us help you keep up with the latest technologies and reap the benefits of open source.

Learn more at:

Current Job Market for IBM Skills 

Check out this wonderful web page for information on specific IBM skills, job openings for those skills, what positions for those skills pay and where to find free IBM resources for teaching those skills.

 Academic Skills Cloud 

Following the announcement of the Academic Skills Cloud on February 10, 2010, Academic Initiative members at 20 colleges and universities across the United States began participating in a pilot program in which they are able to access and use IBM software for teaching purposes without having to install the products on their own systems. Over time, this cloud offering will be extended to additional schools in IBM's global network of Academic Initiative partners, which includes 9,000 faculty members at more than 4,500 universities worldwide. Learn more at:  
CityOne Serious Games 

As part of its Smarter Planet initiative, IBM has created a serious game simulation environment in which participants can solve real-world business, environmental and logistical problems, learn how technology can revolutionize these industries and explore ways to accelerate process change, integrate with trading partners, and control costs with a flexible IT infrastructure.  Check it out at:

Smarter Analytics Event at the NEW IBM Innovation Center Silicon Valley
New name. New location. New opportunities.

Help us celebrate! IBM is hosting a Grand Reopening event featuring Big Data and Smarter Analytics on Wednesday, May 9th at the new location to celebrate the bright future of analytics in this landmark valley. We'll share strategic insights and unveil end-to-end resources to support your efforts in capitalizing on this opportunity.

To kickoff this exciting “reopening,” we have gathered IBM’s finest to speak about Smarter Analytics, Big Data and the opportunities it presents to you. IBM has invested over $14 billion acquiring analytics industry companies. Learn how to make extensive use of analytics to increase your competitive advantage up to 57%.

Following insights from IBM executives about the boom of analytics and the implications for you, attendees will also have the chance to tour the new Innovation Center, meet with our team to learn how they can take advantage of the center’s vast opportunities, and to strategize on how you can work with IBM to achieve your goals.

Register Now at

: Wednesday, May 9
: IBM Innovation Center Silicon Valley, CA
1001 E. Hillsdale Blvd., West Tower,  Fourth Floor Suite, Foster City, CA 94404-1603
: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


  • Learn more about Big Data, Smarter Analytics and more from IBM executives including Mike Riegel, V.P. of ISV and Developer Relations; Luis Rodriguez, Director of Worldwide IBM Innovation Centers; and Graham Mackintosh, Business Executive - Analytics.
  • Network at our reception to collaborate with IBM, Business Partners, Academic Leaders and IT professionals.
If you have questions or special dietary constraints, please contact Laura Lazzarini at or 650.645.8092.

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