Celebrating excellence

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This week at the Hi-Tech Awards, the New Zealand technology community celebrated excellence across a number of areas: Software, Agritech, Services, Hardware, Public Service, and many others. It was an absolute honour to be among them representing IBM NZ as the winner of the award for Best Contribution by an Internationally Headquartered Company.

Mike Smith at Hi-Tech Awards

I’m incredibly proud of the talented and diverse team that is responsible for this achievement. IBMers are skilled and passionate people, from my Leadership Team to the architects, solution designers, project managers and front-line delivery teams who make a difference for our local clients every day. I must also thank our clients and business partners, who continue to collaborate with us in the exploration of new technologies that will drive innovation and competitive advantage.

IBM is a 100+-year-old global technology company – there aren’t a lot of those around – and we’ve been at the heart of New Zealand’s technology infrastructure for more than 60 years, running many of the country’s most essential back-end systems.

A lot changes in 60 years, particularly in this industry. Disruption and transformation are the topics du jour, and IBM has undergone its share of reinvention too. We’re a very different company today than we were 60 years ago, or even five years ago. We’re still bringing the best of IBM’s global technology, world-class skills and deep industry expertise and applying them to benefit New Zealand organisations, but technologies like AI, blockchain, IoT and quantum computing are now transforming the front end of business and having a profound impact on customer and employee engagement. Our global Chair, President and CEO Ginni Rometty talks about this as an ‘inflection point’, not just for IBM, but for business and society at large.

The next 60 years will look completely different again, as organisations become smarter by leveraging digital platforms and embedding AI to make their systems and processes intelligent. AI will soon touch every job, in every organisation. That’s why we’re engaging with industry associations like the AI Forum of New Zealand, as well as educational institutions, developer and startup groups, channel partners, community partners and many others to help New Zealand prepare for, adapt to, and embrace the enormous opportunity ahead.

We’re investing time, skills, expertise, sponsorship dollars, and the passion of some very committed IBMers into growing and supporting the technology community and building capability across all industries and organisations. This award recognition is a massive endorsement that we’re on the right track; we’ve turned the corner, and we have successfully reinvented IBM. Again.

Thank you to the organisers of last night’s fantastic awards event, the Hi-Tech Trust, and the category sponsor Quick Circuit.

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