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IBM reflects on success of new service center in Hauts-de-France

Nicolas Sekkaki

IBM France CEO

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IBM—OVER 100 YEARS OF EXPERTISE IN FRANCE

IBM has helped shape the French economy and French society since 1914—making it one of the few high-tech companies in France that’s over 100 years old.

The US company first arrived in Lille in 1923 to serve then-rail operator Compagnie des Chemins de Fer du Nord.

NEW SERVICE CENTER IN HAUTS-de-France

More recently, IBM opened a new service center in 2013 at Lille’s EuraTechnologies, a cluster of excellence dedicated to ICT.

IBM Services Center Lille is dedicated to meeting local companies’ needs, helping businesses expand their operations, manage applications and integrate systems.

SUCCESSFUL DEPLOYMENT

Key reasons that led IBM to choose Northern France for its new service center include:

  • A vibrant ecosystem with major customers already operating here
  • An ideal springboard for connecting with the rest of Europe
  • A highly skilled workforce thanks to the region’s many schools and universities

Over the past 18 months, IBM Services Center Lille has created 400 jobs, a figure it plans to raise to 1,000.