A few weeks ago I mentioned it would be a good idea in our increasingly Friedman-flattened earth to learn and live the acronym "BRIC" -- well, students, please put away your laptops, it's time for a pop quiz. Anybody remember what it stands for?...No?
Brazil. Russia. India. China.
Better luck next time.
Today, we expanded our support for Linux-based solutions in the BRIC markets through the addition of 29 new skill-building tutorials to our developerWorks Web site. We also expanded our partnership with enterprise open source provider Red Hat, enabling developers with technical resources and implementation services to help them port new applications on IBM software and hardware and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
IBM and Red Hat will also now provide developers with technical resources and development support in fifteen locations around the globe, including BRIC cities that include Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Bangalore, and Moscow. You can learn more about the IBM Innovation Centers here.
Big Blue Back to School
On a completely related note, IBM announced a "Transition to Teaching" initiative today to help transform IBMers into U.S. schoolteachers in an effort to stave off teacher attrition and boost interest and aptitude in math and science among American students.
The Cliff Notes version: IBMers would be given financial assistance in the form of tuition reimbursement and stipends while they take a leave of absence from the company to seek teaching credentials and begin student-teaching, before ultimately becoming full-time teachers and leaving IBM's employ. Datamation blogs it here and hints we could quickly be moving to the top of our class.