IBM Colombia was founded in 1937 and just celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012. It employs over 1600 workers and operates in many cities including Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla. Colombia as a whole has one of the most diverse industry mixes in Latin America and also one of the most competitive. It has over 46 million citizens, the third largest population in Latin America behind Mexico and Brazil.
- ESC Colombia 1
17 May - 8 June, 2012
The City of Medellin has been working together with Academia, Public Sector and Private Sector in planning for the future vitality of the Aburra Valley. One element of the plan is to progress from a manufacturing economic base to a higher value service/technology/innovation economy. City leaders have identified that addressing transportation issues will be a core element of transforming Medellin to an Intelligent City.
The team of 6 IBM executives laid out a comprehensive roadmap that addressed 4 key challenges related to future planning, road congestion, integration of services and the use of mass transit. The IBM team came from the US and India.
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- CSC Colombia 1
13 September 2014- 12 October 2014
The 14 members of Colombia Team 1 deployed to Barranquilla, Colombia represented 9 countries, including: Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, India, Israel, Nigeria, United Kingdom and the United States.
The team worked with four unique clients across Barranquilla.
- Fundación Mario Santo Domingo: Successfully running two sustainable community projects, the Foundation has gathered many lessons learned in the areas of social interest and priority-housing owned by their knowledge management office. The team provided the Foundation with new organization method and processes for their information enabling them to share with other organizations across the world.
- Alcaldía de Barranquilla- Oficina de Sistemas de Información (City Hall of Barranquilla- Information System’s Management Office): Responsible for the optimization of processes across the City Hall using technology, the CSC team withed with the Information Systems Management office to create a new streamlined application process for large events and public shows. The process included the design and architecture document to completely automate the process.
- Agencia Colombiana para la Reintegración (Colombian Agency for Reintegration): The Colombian Agency for Reintegration is responsible for coordinating, advising and executing the reintegration of demobilized people from Organized Illegal Armed Groups (OIAG). In an effort to make the Barranquilla office more effective in their everyday reintegration work, the team created processes to improve time management and metric creation and attainment that can be leveraged at offices across Colombia.
- Banco de Alimentos del Secretariado de Pastoral Social (Food Bank of the Social Pastoral Secretariat): Providing food to some of the poorest in the Barranquilla area, the Food Bank struggled with the lack of an efficient collection, storage and distribution system. The CSC team created new processes for the donated food from collection to distribution.
In addition to the many meaningful experiences with our clients, the Colombia 1 Team had the pleasure of assisting staff members at Villas de San Pablo, a community of Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with hosting a Science Day for the children of the community. A first-of-its-kind event, the team members played with the children while teaching and learning about colors, lung capacity, and states of matter through tye-dying, water, and ice cream.
- CSC Colombia 2
19th September – 17th October 2015
Members of Colombia 2 – Cali, Colombia
- 1. Sub Team 1: Banco De Alimentos
- 2. Sub Team 2: Fundacion SIDOC
- 3. Sub Team 3: Fundacion Progresar
Sub Team 1: Banco De Alimentos (BAC)
About Banco de Alimentos: BAC is a Non-Profit Food bank, which caters to 36,000 people in Cali through 180 partners.
About the Project: The team was responsible for setting up a Center of Excellence for BAC. The purpose of the Centre is to aid its 180 partners evaluate, test feasibility and build proposals for various projects targeted at optimization or growth. This will ultimately create a sustainable partner ecosystem to help grow the number of beneficiaries for Banco de Alimentos to 50,000 (from 36,000) through its partners.
The CSC team helped with various building blocks - the processes – internal and for partner engagement, training, proposal document, IT infrastructure and marketing the Center of Excellence. The Center is slated to go live by November 30,2015.
Sub Team 2: Fundacion SIDOC
About SIDOC: Fundacion SIDOC is a non-profit foundation that runs community programs - education, health, sports and recreation as part of social work in the challenged neighborhoods of Siloe in Cali Colombia.
About the Project: The team was responsible for setting up a standardized reporting structure across different children’s programs in Cali neighborhoods. The reporting would focus on children’s attendance and results while active in the programs. The qualitative and quantitative measures could be used to analyze programs impact and make improvements. The reporting structure and templates built can be moved online for easier and faster data entry.
The CSC team helped with creating the reporting templates and training the staff on basic excel proficiency in order to fill out reports.
Sub Team 3: Progresar Fundacion
About Progresar: Progresar Fundacion is a special education center for students with cognitive disabilities. They practice holistic education model & have 35 students ranging from 15 to 50 years.
About the Project: The CSC team helped the client by creating a ‘Strategy Plan’ with actions & recommendations that included 3 main work streams: Visible (Built a marketing plan); Stronger (Organization excellence; processes & financial planning) and Sustainable (Upskilling & reconsideration of programs / curriculum). The activities & proposals have created scope to network with donors & partners to improve Progresar socio-economically and enable them to raise more funds.
In addition the Colombia 2 team also volunteered at a local school – Isaias Gamboa, Aguacatal, Cali to interact with the children in English and have a day of activities.
- 1. Sub Team 1: Banco De Alimentos