Turkey is an Eurasian country and independent Turkic state of 78 million people that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in western Asia and Thrace in the Balkan region of southeastern Europe. IBM began operating in Turkey in the 1930s and has several locations in the country, including in the capital, Ankara, and the largest city, Istanbul, which is the third largest metropolitan city proper in Europe and the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents -- Asia and Europe. The CSC deployed in Turkey in 2009. Locations have included Malatya, Mersin, Gaziantep and Eskisehir. Projects have included working with the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity to strengthen the governance practices of community organizations who are implementing a range of local initiatives that promote economic development and growth, the Firat Development Agency and the Malatya provincial government.
- CSC Turkey 1
26 June 2009 - 24 July 2009
"Our team of seven came from six countries – Brazil, Australia, India, US, China and Mexico. We were assigned to several projects in Mersin, which is one of the most important commercial ports for import and export activities.
Our main activities were dedicated to developing the community business academic; developing the logistic sector; and developing the tourism sector.
The best thing that happened is that we learned the meaning of teamwork. We were focused on developing our client’s requirements, but also we learned as a team how to work, how to take care of each of us and how best to spend the 30 days on this assignment.
From this assignment, several words identify and reflect emotion in our team. like fantastic, and piece of cake."
- CSC Turkey 2
Sub - Team 1: To have the Academic-Business-Community (A-B-C) Network serve as a platform for connecting businesses with specific needs to academics with specific skills; and for connecting students, job seekers, and professionals with potential employment or research opportunities.
Sub Team 1: As part of Sub-Team 1 we get an opportunity to interact with around 100 - 150 Mersin University students which includes professors as well. We had a session of couple of hours to solve the queries / questions both technical and career growth perspective of students & professors. Also, conducted a workshop on “IBM’s Smarter Planet and Smarter Cities” presented to Technoscope tenants; Mersin University students and academicians; and local business leaders.
Selected favorite memory: There are many. To select best of out it is really difficult. The day out at Mediterranean sea was awesome.
Mersin, ALATA Horticultural research Institute.
Sub Team 4 - Build a strategy and action plan for Agri food Techno Park and Business plan & Internationalization Strategy (and Action Plan) for ALATA
There were many great memories. I would say the best was our visit to Goreme with the whole team and our experience on the balloon.
- CSC Turkey 3
05 March 2010 - 04 April 2010
"Eight consultants from six different countries around the world including Korea, United States, Brazil, India, Singapore and Japan, participated in providing services to the City of Gaziantep in Turkey.
The team was divided into three subteams to work with the Gaziantep Teknopark, the Metropolitan Municipality of Gaziantep, the Chamber of Industry and Chamber of Commerce to achieve specific goals.
The Gaziantep Teknopark is looking to be the leading facility for research and development in the city of Gaziantep, helping the Chamber of Industry achieve its goal of promotion of Smart Industry. In addition, it would be like to be the hub for University and industrial collaboration.
The Metropolitan Municipality of Gaziantep was seeking to obtain an Information Technology (IT) Strategy and Smarter City solution to support the initiative of improved operations and services of the municipality.
The Chamber of Industry, Chamber of Commerce and Metropolitan Municipality of Gaziantep are looking to develop and promote the tourism sector in Gaziantep, in the niche area of Congress tourism including event based tourism for art, music festivals, food festivals, business events, etc.
In addition to our projects, we visited a pre-school and went to a rehabilitation center for street children.
In looking back at the time spent in Gaziantep, fond memories fill our minds of the tradition of serving tea throughout the day and during business meetings, or offering the delightfully tasty baklava, made with the famous Antep pistachios. Allowing the opportunity for developing relationships and getting to know the people, the culture, and the goals they really wanted to accomplish with our services. This left us with feelings of camaraderie and a sense of collaboration with the organizations and the community throughout our project."
- CSC Turkey 4
14 May 2010 – 13 June 2010
"Turkey Team 4 consisted of 10 IBMers from Australia, India, US and South Africa. We were assigned to Gaziantep, Turkey, where we partnered with the Gaziantep Chamber of Industry.
We developed a strategic plan for promoting research, development and innovation in the city’s industrial sector. We developed and promoted the tourism sector in Gaziantep with a focus on Congress tourism. We developed an IT strategy for improving the municipality’s operations and services,including providing IBM Smarter City recommendations.
We enjoyed learning about this vibrant, growing, youth-full, proud, historic country full of contrasts, and getting to know the warm and friendly people of Turkey with their incredible hospitality. We relished the amazing food from kebaps and dolmas to baklava (a city specialty) and Turkish tea. We all brought a bit of Turkey back home with us in the form of locally made goods such as leather shoes, spices and nuts, Kutnu fabric, copperware, Kilim and other rugs. We’ll never forget our team road trip and the magical city of Cappodocia.
Integral to our team were the subteam translators who were our voices to our clients, as well as our lens into Turkish culture. And we were supported by an incredible team of people from Digital Opportunity Trust, the United Nations Development Program, Turkey, and IBM Turkey."
- CSC Turkey 5
9 October 2011 – 6 November 2011
"The 14 members of CSC Turkey Team 5 on assignment in Malatya, Turkey represented 8 different countries; Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Korea, Mexico and the United States.
We were hosted by the Governor of Malatya and the Firat Development Agency. Four subteams worked on providing strategic recommendations for the development of an Apricot Accreditation Body and establishment of an Agri-Food Technopark. Project objectives included developing of a sustainable plan for the tourism sector in Malatya, enhancing the web-based Value Chain Management Platform in support of the Textile industry, and for providing services to the public through an online eGovernment portal.
The team experienced Turkish hospitability during daily interactions with their clients, colleagues and new friends, and especially during the visits to two elementary schools, through the warm reception from the administrators and staff and the exuberant and exciting response from the students.
The teams favorite experiences in Turkey were guided by the phrase “going with the flow”, and that they did every day and during weekend trips, like river drafting at Darende, visiting underground cities and caves in Cappadocia, and climbing to the top of Mount Nemrut to experience the sunset and seeing what in 62 BC King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene built there."
- CSC Turkey 7
30 September 2011 – 30 October 2011
Turkey Team 7 consisted of 9 IBMers from 5 countries: Brazil, Canada, India, Malaysia and the United States. Our assignment brought us to the historic city of Antioch - today known as Antakya in the Hatay province of southern Turkey near the eastern edge of the Mediterranean bordering Syria.
Like similar sized cities in emerging markets currently experiencing rapid population growth, Antakya faces challenges with efficiently providing services to its citizens and creating enough jobs to grow the economy proportionately.
Our team was split into two subteams focused on developing recommendations for promotion of tourism through use of technology and strategies for e-government to decrease costs and increase revenues associated with utilities and services provided by the municipality. Our clients included representatives from the Antakya mayor's office, the Governor of Hatay, the Chamber of Commerce, the provincial offices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and the East Mediterranean Development Agency Dogaka.
In addition to our work with these organizations, we visited numerous schools in the province in our free time to meet and interact with the youth that will shape the future of southern Turkey. We even had the opportunity to observe the rehearsal for the Choir of Civilization in Antakya - known worldwide for their celebration of traditional songs and people of all faiths - a peace that is a point of pride for the city and all its people. This peace and the genuine warmth of the Antakyan and Turkish citizens was evident to us throughout our stay as we were made to feel very welcome.
- CSC Turkey 8
24th September 2012 – 19th October 2012
IBM team: 15 participants in 4 sub teams:
- Australia: Zoran Ojurovic
- Brazil: Rosana Rueda Elias
- India: Serina Anbu, Sanjay Lavakare ,Vijay Kothagattu, Bharat Dureja
- Japan: Kazufumi Mizunuma, Tsubasa Saitoh
- Mexico : Laura Iliana Gutierrez Galan, Antonio Alba Moreno
- New Zealand: Viv McAlister
- USA: Subra Balan , Sara Willett , Frank J Robyck
- Vietnam: Nguyen Thi Bich Ha
Location: Izmir, Turkey
Team worked for the Izmir region with IZTEKGEB , IZKA , EBSO, IZTECH organization leaders.
Sub team 1:
Strategic Growth Plan for Izmir Institute of Technology Technopark (IZTEKGEB)
Sub team 2:
Roadmap & growth plan for Innovation Center within IZTEKGEB
Sub team 3:
Strategic Plan for Information Society
Sub team :
Strategic Plan for Improvement of Technical Services of Young Entrepreneurs of Izmir
Community Service Day:
Team visited EÇEV (Ege Çağdaş Eğitim Vakfı) which is a school for under privileged children up in the hilly region of Izmir. IBM team interacted with children, shared their experiences and encouraged children to work hard in life to achieve their dreams. Some fun activities were also organized by IBM team which helped children to understand the importance of team work to achieve the goal.
Selected Favorite Memory:
While the entire CSC tenure would go down as an unforgettable chapter in our lives, a favorite, collective memory would be the after-work chat-sessions that we had as a family in the cosy nook of the hotel’s restaurant that was practically ‘dedicated’ to us, so graciously by the staff. This was perhaps was singularly responsible for creating the ever-lasting bond within the team.
A outing to Ephesus
There are several good things about being located in Izmir and one of them was that we were close enough to explore Ephesus. Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city dating back to the 1st century BC, so it went without saying that all 15 of us set off one Saturday morning to go walk among history. As we walked around this city we saw references to things found in history books and to imagine we were now walking down the same marble road as people like Alexander the Great! And, we also got to see the one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Temple of Artimus.
- CSC Turkey 9
8 March 2013 – 6 April 2013
This 15 member IBM team was assigned to Izmir, Turkey and eager to be the 2nd CSC deployment to that city.
The team represented 9 countries including; Australia, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States.
The group was broken into 3 sub-teams to support the needs of 3 unique clients who were all focused on the goal of diversifying Izmir's economy.
The CSC community service day was a program presented to third year students of the Izmir Institute of Technology. Each of the 15 IBMers presented a 5 minute talk about his or her IBM career. The goal was to offer personal insight to navigating one's career, sprinkled with a cultural perspective from each member's home country.