Romania, located in southeastern Europe, is the ninth largest country of the European Union by area and has the seventh largest population of the European Union with 21.5 million people. IBM has a long history in Central and Eastern Europe, dating back to 1932. The majority of IBM's Romania operation is based in Bucharest, which is the country's capital and largest city, as well as the sixth largest city in the European Union. CSC teams have been deployed in Romania since 2008. Locations have included Timisoara, Iasi, Sibiu and Craiova. Projects have included working with the Romanian Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development to help develop employment opportunities in a global marketplace.
- CSC Romania 1
4 July 2008 - 1 August 2008
"Romania Team 1, which was assigned to Timisoara, Romania, consisted of 9 IBMers from India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and China. We worked on a variety of projects.
We assisted GreenForest, a furniture-making company, in implementing an ERP solution, document management solution and becoming as paperless as possible, and making the overall business process more automatic and less error-prone.
At Pasmatex, a textile manufacturer, our goal was to help equip Pasmatex with the skills they needed to consider future strategies.
We provided consulting advice to Advocacy Academy, an organization that encourages the participation of private entrepreneurs in policymaking. We also did business consulting for a local printing company, Grafoprintt, where we helped analyze the company and develop a business plan.
At the Center for Rural Assistance (CAR), a non-profit organization active in the field of rural development, we helped the organization address its serious financial and organizational challenges. We also worked with the Association of Female Entrepreneurs of Romania (AFAR) to define a strategy for strengthening its funding model and networks, as well as engaging young women in entrepreneurial pursuits.
At LASTING Corporation, an IT software developer, services provider and a hardware distributor, we explored areas of improvement across their business; from improving sales process and efficiency, to bolstering employee morale in a competitive IT environment, to improved software development techniques and back.
The team fondly remembers the time we spent together at the guest house - cooking traditional dishes from each of our home countries, discussing ways to help our clients and comparing the music, food and traditions of our cultures."
- CSC Romania 2
04 October 2008 - 02 November 2008
"Romania 2 consisted of 10 participants from India, South Africa, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, the US, Australia, Venezuela and Ecuador assigned to Ploiesti, Romania, which is a city located two hours from the country’s capital, Bucharest.
Our clients were very different from each other, and also very different in terms of size. They included a leather goods family company, a software development company, an oil products company, a tourism association, a natural protected area, the local University, a publishing house, and a mental health care center.
Each of our clients had their own expectations and needs. We were challenged to define the help we could provide, and adapt and share our knowledge to get positive results and making a difference to their businesses.
Our favorite memory was our trip to Bucharest and Transilvania. The trip gave us the opportunity to spend free time as a group, visit amazing places, enjoy nice food and meet Dracula, at least what is left of him."
- CSC Romania 4
1 May 2009 - 30 May 2009
"Romania 4 included nine participants from the USA, Argentina, Canada, India, Germany, Japan, Australia and Chile.
The location for our assignment was Sibiu, Romania.
We had six clients. The Astra Museum is a museum of Romanian cultural heritage. The Paltinul Clinic is a full-service private medical clinic with several branches. The Sibiu County Tourism Association represents tourism stakeholders in Sibiu and coordinates 14 tourist information centers in the county. At Sibiu City Hall, the Informatics Department is organized by GIS, database, systems administration & internet, intranet and document management offices The University of Lucian Blaga, Faculty of Economics has a development strategy that is part of the university’s strategy. The University of Lucian Blaga Communication and Marketing Department provides various ICT services (web hosting, mail & design; internet & intranet of university) for Sibiu academic, research, non-governmental organizations and government communities.
Our favorite memory was the weekend that we went to a Romanian cabin in the mountains."
- CSC Romania 5
7 May 2010 - 6 June 2010
"There were nine of us on Romania Team 5. We were from Australia, China, India, Malaysia and Singapore. We were based in Craiova, which is the capital of county Dolj of the Oltenia region in Romania. It is about 145 miles west of Bucharest, the capital of Romania.
We were assigned to 5 different clients.
At Faculty of Automobile, Computers and Electronics at The University of Craiova, we developed an educational offering to increase the attractiveness of the faculty to local and foreign students.
At The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Dolj County, we developed a business plan to improve the chamber’s branding and organizational climate.
We developed a management system at IPA CIFATT, a software company. The system met their long-term strategy to nurture and retain existing clients and attract new clients.
The team developed a sales and marketing strategy and provided sales training for the emloyees at Softrom, a corporate gifts and office equipment company.
We worked with the Electrical Engineering Students’ European Association to develop a marketing plan to host the 25th Congress of the organization. About 120 student leaders from more than 40 technical universities across Europe are expected to attend. In addition, the client requested assistance to implement a project where students will be provided opportunities to collaborate with professors and technical institutions to work on projects that will expose them to new technologies and widen their knowledge and skills."
- ESC Romania 1
6-28 May 2011
The IBM executive team’s objective in Bucharest was to help refine the strategic vision for the City of Bucharest, assess its current state, and identify approaches for accelerating progress toward that vision. The team met with the Mayor of Bucharest, Sorin Oprescu, and presented the following recommendations for the City of Bucharest to achieve the vision of becoming a vibrant commercial hub for Eastern Europe by focusing on the following areas:
"The ESC team achieved a lot of visibility for IBM with the leadership of Romania...the US ambassador, the President of the Upper House in Parliament, the Governor of the National Bank were all impressed with the recommendations of the ESC team."
Mihai Tudor, GM IBM South East Europe
- ESC Romania 2
22 October - 12 November, 2011
IBM sent a second team of IBM executives to build upon a strategic roadmap laid out in May 2011.
The purpose of the IBM team was to help optimize the existing resources in Bucharest and to allow city officials to make informed decisions regarding future development. The team focused on three major areas: Technology Enablement, Workforce Development and Operational Execution. Among the recommendations made by IBM experts are: Creating an Integrated Operations Center, using business analytics and data mining, establishing a learning and development framework and establishing a Program Management Office.
The team of 6 IBM executives came from Canada, the US, and Australia.
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