IBM Opens Delivery Center at Michigan State
- By Dian Schaffhauser
IBM has opened a new delivery center in East Lansing on the campus of Michigan State University. The center, originally announced in January 2009, is the first of its kind in the United States for IBM. The opening ceremony included both Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and MSU President Lou Anna Simon, as well as representatives and customers from IBM and university students, faculty, and staff.
The intent of the center, which is a place of business for the vendor, is to develop best practices in providing application development and support services to modernize older and less efficient IT systems for state and local government agencies and universities, as well as customers in telecommunications, healthcare, and other industries. In addition, the center houses an IBM legal center of competence, which analyzes customer contracts in support of complex service engagements.
MSU and IBM will collaborate across several of academic programs, including business, engineering, natural science, and social science. Also, students will be candidates for employment by programs in the center.
"Michigan State University's focus on research and instructional excellence in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines and the social sciences, combined with our presence around the globe, makes our partnership with IBM a natural fit," said Simon. "We're very proud of the fact that IBM provides valuable information technology services to clients around the country and the world from the East Lansing center."
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.