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IBM values every one of its developers. We immediately invest in you by helping you develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed.

  • You'll start by using our Developer Academy learning portal to quickly get up to speed on developer tools, our technologies, solutions, what's happening in the developer community, and how to advance your career
  • You'll get paired with another developer to help you learn and take part immediately in on-the-job development opportunities
  • You'll attend virtual or face-to-face networking events with others who joined IBM when you did
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Our goal is to help you stay curious, boost your learning and grow your career so you can make a difference at IBM -- and for the world. We earned our 23 years of patent leadership through people just like you!


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Stepping into a career at IBM opens doors to all sorts of roles and responsibilities. It's a chance to always be learning new things, and to enjoy the support from peers so you can become among the elite of your craft.

A technical career at IBM can extend all the way to executive ranks. And there are many routes to senior technical status, with many opportunities to change roles and chart a new career path.


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Design and development.

Implementation and testing.

Client support.

Passionate about technology.

Creative problem solver.

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Name: Ketan Barve

Role: Software Engineer, IBM Digital and IBM Cloud Marketplace

Location: New York

What are you working on as a developer at IBM?

I am working on one of the cool projects with IBM Watson where I am developing a cognitive advisor for one of IBM's popular analytics product. This bot will change the way companies interact with customers by analyzing customer needs and providing solutions and guidance. This effort is not to replace human agents but to simplify their job by adding additional service for some of the basic questions that almost every user has. This bot will help customers buy products online, guide users about various product plans and also will answer some basic technical queries. This way human agents will be able to focus on complex queries. I have used several Watson application programming interfaces to build this bot and trained those services to make the bot intelligent.

How did you get to IBM?

I completed my master's program (Computer Science) at NYU and was a Cloud and Big Data enthusiast. The deciding factor for choosing IBM was its growth in Cloud and the way this company is changing its traditional business and adapting to modern technology domains. The way IBM is transforming is phenomenal. IBM truly started a Cognitive Era and Watson is leading now in the cognitive space.

What sets your work as a developer at IBM apart? What excites you the most about your work at IBM?

Developers at IBM create applications using cutting-edge technologies. Since IBM has recently shifted its strategy to Cloud, Analytics, Social, Mobile and Security, along with breakthrough research in emerging fields like IoT and Watson, developers don't just develop the application but think outside of the box before doing it.

How does working at IBM make you feel?

I really love my work. Developers learn the latest technologies and try out different things. There are failures sometimes, but you can't learn without failing. IBM provides lots of research opportunities, which are reflected in our patent portfolio every year.

Why is it a great time to be a developer at IBM?

My favorite thing about IBM is the "think before you do" strategy. IBM is the best place for those who think, innovate, and excel. You cannot limit yourself as a front-end or back-end developer and you are never limited to a particular language or platform. I love the flexibility and the ability to change focus as business needs arise. We work together as a team and our goal is to make IBM proud.

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Name: Cameron Will

Role: Development Team Lead — IBM QRadar Advisor

Location: Atlanta, GA, USA

What are you working on as a developer at IBM?

I am currently a development team lead for IBM Security Intelligence, working on the IBM Cognitive Security group of projects (https://www.ibm.com/security/cognitive/). I spend half my day working with my team to help them brainstorm solutions or work with them via pair programming, and the other half working on proof-of-concepts or writing my own code. I do a lot of cross-team work, helping bring the solutions that my team has come up with to the whole IBM Security team. I am also a volunteer administrator of a couple of tools used all over IBM!

How did you get to IBM?

I went to the University of Virginia. During the summer between my third and fourth year of college, I interned at IBM, and continued to intern through my fourth year. I began full-time work a couple of weeks after I graduated.

What made you choose to work at IBM?

My intern experience at IBM really sold me. I got to work on real products that had a large impact on the team I was working with. It wasn't a typical intern experience. My ideas were really heard. IBM Security is a pretty small family within IBM, and I knew that working in security I would get to work on some of the newest and most interesting software.

What excites you the most about your work at IBM?

I'm in one of the best companies for cognitive computing, and I get to work on my first love which is security. I don't think I would have the opportunity to do that anywhere else.

How does working at IBM make you feel?

Excited, challenged, proud.

Why is it a great time to be a developer at IBM?

There are so many things being worked on at IBM that you will NEVER be bored. If you can think of an idea for a product, there is probably a team at IBM working on it. I've really gotten to make a difference at IBM. Not only do I feel like my products are really helping protect people from the crazy world of malware and network attacks, but I've gotten to implement some really cool stuff that was my idea. People listen to your ideas here — and as a developer, that's pretty awesome.

Want to know more about some of Cameron's projects? Check out this story on developerWorks.


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Inspiring Leader.


Team builder.

Deep subject matter expertise.

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Name: Birgit Schwarz

Role: Functional Manager Global Server Verification, IBM Systems

Location: Boeblingen, Germany

What do you do at IBM?

I'm a senior manager in IBM's Systems group and manage a team of more than 80 engineers. We verify the microprocessor design for IBM's mainframe and POWER servers. To make sure that the chips we're building have the highest possible quality before the chip designs are sent to manufacturing, we simulate them and verify the function of individual building blocks and entire chips. We also verify performance, reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features, and ensure structural and formal correctness of chip designs.

In my role, I make sure my team's mission is aligned with the strategy and goals of our group. I establish and interlock project plans and make sure all teams are staffed appropriately so they can complete their work in time to meet project deadlines. When teams are off schedule or need help, I engage with my teams and peers to remove roadblocks. I foster an open and collaborative culture and a motivating work environment. For example, I make sure people have time to work on innovative topics. On the other hand, I also challenge my team to continuously improve processes and methodologies. Finally, I make sure individuals in my group grow their personal and technical skills and have opportunities to grow their careers.

What other roles have you had at IBM?

Software developer, team lead, technical project manager, technical sales specialist, test manager, project office lead, executive assistant.

What made you choose to work at IBM?

It was the people and the culture. During my interview day at IBM, I had a warm welcome and the opportunity to meet the team I would be working with. The people I met on that day were very approachable and down-to-earth — just the type of people I wanted to work with. The technologies and projects I would be working on for IBM as well were absolutely top-notch and fascinating. Both factors combined made my decision to join IBM very easy.

What excites you the most about your work at IBM?

Just as when I joined IBM, today it's still the people and the technology that make my workplace unique. I have the privilege to be part of the team that creates the world's fastest and most powerful microprocessors. The team I'm working with is absolutely outstanding: I am working side-by-side with world-class experts every day, and everybody is very dedicated to our project. At the same time, people here are fun to work with, communicate openly, and are always ready to help one another out.

How does working at IBM make you feel?

Proud, empowered, able to make an impact, respected as individual.

What advice do you have for new developers looking to start a career at IBM?

Find a mentor, look for opportunities to engage beyond your day project, be bold and share your observations and ideas, and grow a network with developers outside your group.

Why is it a great time to be a developer at IBM?

There are not many companies that have shaped the world of IT as it is today as deeply and significantly as IBM. And IBM has not only done that in the past, we are working today on defining the future of IT with our cognitive and cloud strategy. As a developer working at IBM, your ideas and your code will be part of something grand.

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Name: Dominic Panarello

Role: Software Engineer

Location: IBM Technology Campus, Damastown Industrial Estate, Dublin, Ireland

What do you do at IBM?

I graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia and since then have enjoyed a number of different software engineering roles and projects. My earliest role for a small IBM business partner was one in which I first learned about IBM's middleware product suites.

How did you get to IBM?

Software developer, team lead, technical project manager, technical sales specialist, test manager, project office lead, executive assistant.

What made you choose to work at IBM?

IBM is a company that has pioneered new technology for more than a century. The offer to become a part of that innovative magic with IBM - developing an exciting new product, in a brand new location across the other side of the world - was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up.

What excites you the most about your work at IBM?

The interesting advantage of working in security is that you often have the opportunity to learn almost everything about the product, from the user interface right down to the data access layer. What I enjoy most as an IBM developer is the agile methodology, where we prototype new features, quickly receive feedback and reiterate on them. There's always something special and exciting in working on new features and designs, then seeing them in the product just a few weeks later.

How does working at IBM make you feel?

Appreciated, engaged, collaborative, intrigued.

Why is it a great time to be a developer at IBM?

Beyond working with great technology and inspired people, IBM has a great selection of extracurriculars as a developer. There are innovation-driven project initiatives you can become involved in, you can write your own invention patents, or learn about the latest technologies. IBM has a great emphasis on creativity and continuous learning in general. It's always key to be constantly learning as a developer, which IBM recognizes and actively encourages through Think Academy and our THINK40 program.

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Name: Guan Jun (Justin) Liu

Role: CICS portfolio development and support manager

Location: Beijing, China

What do you do in your role today?

I am the portfolio development and support manager for IBM's Customer Information Control System (CICS) in China. My team deals with CICS TS development, TXSeries development as well as all CICS products supporting the Great China Group.

What other roles have you had at IBM?

I was a CICS developer from 2008 to 2014 and worked on transaction processing projects, such as web services on CICS, Java on CICS and cloud on CICS.

What made you choose to work at IBM?

IBM is well-known worldwide, and is a big company with a very long history. IBM can not only provide tremendous positions for new developers, but it also leads IT development globally. I was attracted by IBM's innovative culture and excellent reputation.

What excites you the most about your work at IBM?

As a developer at IBM, I know not only my product but also the whole picture of the solution and industry behind my product. That's unique. Working for IBM helps me know and participate in new technologies and solutions that can improve the world.

How does working at IBM make you feel?

I feel very proud as an IBMer, particularly working on the excellent CICS, which supports a huge volume of transactions all over the world every day.

What advice do you have for new developers looking to start a career at IBM?

I hope new developers can focus on some foundation knowledge in the first two to three years, then learn more about their industry. Meanwhile, we should always be curious about what's new, especially cutting-edge technologies.

Why is it a great time to be a developer at IBM?

IBM is the leader in the IT industry. Join IBM and you can develop yourself while standing on the shoulders of giants.


IBM Senior Tech Staff Member (STSM)

Senior technical expert.

Thought leader.

Award winner.

Innovative thinker.

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Name: Jose I. Ortiz

Role: Technical Lead — Hybrid Cloud Management

Location: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

What is a Senior Technical Staff Member?

The title of Senior Technical Staff Member is bestowed upon IBM employees who make vital contributions to an IBM team. My role includes leading the development of how we use leading-edge technology in products, services, processes or tools. I also contribute by publishing in professional journals and speaking at industry conferences. And I serve as a resource in recruiting new hires, and work as a mentor.

What are you working on at IBM?

I'm a lead architect on IBM's PureApplication System. I work with stakeholders to define a product's content and direction, then work with the development team to fulfill those requirements. I investigate technology, frameworks and runtimes that can solve problems, and work with the team to define prototypes. As a leader in the company, talking to customers is critical to help refine the product and solve problems.

What other roles have you had at IBM?

I've worked for years as a software engineer on the PureApplication System. I've also worked on IBM Workflow Deployer and WebSphere Cloudburst Appliance, Retail EBO, and WebSphere Commerce Order management component. My earlier roles included working on IBM Payment Manager, IBM Payment Gateway, EDM Suite, Support Image Plus and Development Image Plus.

What made you choose to work at IBM?

I chose IBM because of its history of innovation. I also saw that it had the ability to work on solutions for an array of industries.

What excites you the most about your work at IBM?

Working on new challenges, and using technology to solve real-world problems. I also enjoy getting a group of developers together to work toward a common goal, and help them grow and learn new things.

How does working at IBM make you feel?

Eager, enthusiastic, proud.

What advice do you have for new developers looking to start a career at IBM?

Don't box yourself in. Learn a broad set of skills and technologies, and learn how they can be applied to problems. Get involved in support. Learn how customers use the products and how they can be improved. Build a network. Find others that share similar problems, ask questions, and find experts who can help you broaden your knowledge.

Why is it a great time to be a developer at IBM?

IBM is transforming itself at the markets change. IBM is working on technologies around Mobile, Cloud, Data, AI, Analytics, Cognitive and others to help solve complex problems that can help improve our daily lives.


IBM Distinguished Engineer

Technical consultant.

Subject matter expert.


Leader of technical professional development.

Sets technical standards.

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Name: Michael J. Bordash

Role: DE, Technical Strategy, IBM Commerce

Location: 51 Astor Place, New York, NY

What is a DE or Distinguished Engineer?

A Distinguished Engineer is someone who can traverse a number of disciplines in order to either solve a large technical problem or bring a new product to market. A DE can present to customer executives, lead a team of developers, assist the closing of new business, drop in and help solve a technical problem, and dive into code to help craft a prototype of a new idea. While the DE is a veritable swiss army knife of abilities, he or she may also have one unique specialty or core competency, and be the best at it.

What do you do in your role today?

At this time, I lead a small team of extremely high-output developers. We call this team Advanced Development and we are situated in the CTO Office of IBM Commerce. We help bridge future tech to our current products, look for gaps in our off to fill, and go deep with customers on specific new tech. Right now, we're working on three incubation projects related to Cognitive Computing, all of which are top secret, super interesting, and leveraging the best cognitive capabilities that IBM has to offer.

What other roles have you had at IBM?

I came into IBM as CTO of Xtify, Inc. This was a start-up company focused on delivering mobile messaging services. IBM acquired Xtify 2013. This was my 4th start-up, and I was ready to go on to Number 5 when I decided to give IBM a chance (and vice versa). I've been really enjoying the work, but more importantly, I'm often humbled by the sheer excellence of my colleagues and other IBMers I've had a chance to meet during my time here. The people I get to work help make it an easy choice to make a career at IBM.

What excites you the most about your work at IBM?

In addition to the people I get to work with, we also get to make a difference by developing new concepts around cognitive computing and introducing these new experiments to customers. The most rewarding part is the start-up style within which we work, starting with small valuable releases and layering on new functionality as we proceed.

How does working at IBM make you feel?

Rewarding in many ways; specifically, the constructive feedback we receive from customers on our experimental software, and the encouragement we receive from our department leaders.

What advice do you have for new developers looking to start a career at IBM?

This is not specific to IBM, but be mindful of your time and energy. Plot a course for your current work assignments, no matter how small, and stick to your plan. Speak up and let your team and managers know if you have a blocker before it becomes impactful to your unit. Be precise. Whether asked for your opinion on a topic, or getting ready to express a new concept in a presentation, know your audience and try to guess ahead of time what their questions might be. Take the time to go deep and summarize your findings in a fashion consumable for your audience. Finally, don't be afraid to suggest a new path: keep modernization at the tips of your fingers!

Why is it a great time to be a developer at IBM?

Every team knows what's at stake, and we're all here to build a better business experience for our customers. This is most evident within the development organizations. The open sharing of work across teams is extraordinary.


IBM Fellow


Technical theorist and visionary.

Externally recognized.

Thought leader.

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Name: Donna Dillenberger

Role: IBM Fellow

Location: Watson Research Center, New York

What is an IBM Fellow?

An IBM Fellow is appointed by IBM's CEO. It is the highest honor a scientist, engineer or programmer at IBM can achieve.

What do you do in your role today?

Invent new solutions, lead groups, and help others.

What are you working on at IBM?

My teams and I are currently spending most of our time on blockchain, which is an open-source technology that can help many industries share information. A day in my work life includes:

  • Design meetings to invent new features for blockchain, analytics or enterprises
  • Client meetings to help them reimagine or create new business processes
  • Discussions with developers, services, marketing and sales in IBM Asia, Europe and the Americas to help them bring differentiating technology to our clients
  • Mentoring sessions with IBMers all over the world
  • Collaboration sessions with business partners, vendors and universities
  • Discussions with other IBM leaders to adjust a process or help people so that we don't lose sight of one of the best reasons for companies to exist: to nurture one another and our planet, not just now but also in the future. This includes changing activities that are too shortsighted.
  • Time for myself to be creative and to explore in-depth a technology, business or an idea I'm curious about

What other roles have you had at IBM?

I've been a manager, a programmer, an architect. I've helped sales, marketing and clients. I started as a Band 3 software engineer in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. I've helped to create hardware accelerators and machine-learning algorithms, redesigned web servers, data servers, stream servers and Java workloads to auto scale. In 2005, I became IBM's Chief Technology Officer of IT Optimization. For five years, I was an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Engineering. I'm a Master Inventor, IBM Academy member and I've lectured at MIT, RPI and Stanford. I was asked to be the editor in chief of IBM's Systems Journal during IBM's 100th anniversary and have been guest editor of many technical journals, and a committee member at many conferences. I've worked on analytic models for financial, insurance, retail and healthcare industries.

What made you choose to work at IBM?

IBM recruited me when I was an undergraduate. They offered to pay my graduate school tuition and a salary as I got my graduate degree. My teachers recommended IBM of all the job offers I had. My parents preferred that I stay in New York, and IBM was the best technology company in New York.

What excites you the most about your work at IBM?

I like the problems that we get to work on at IBM. Our clients are governments, large companies and startups, across all industries. We get to work on critical infrastructure and healthcare problems. We're encouraged to push the boundaries of science, math and computer technology. The teams I work with are encouraging, and they come with a wealth of experience in their fields.

How does working at IBM make you feel?

Fun, interesting, enlightening. I like to learn new things all the time. I like to create and invent new things with people, and see our work deployed in the field. In our environment, sometimes pressure to solve problems and meet deadlines is very high. I've met many people whose characters really shine when conditions are stressful. These are the people who become kinder and come up with great solutions while others atrophy. These are people I admire and make me a better person.

What advice do you have for new developers looking to start a career at IBM?

Try many areas. For those roles and areas you enjoy, stay long enough to have led or helped other people, then go to a new field. A person grows not from reading email and giving presentations, but from creating something — new code, architectures, offerings, services; new sales or marketing methodologies; something solid that adds to humanity's knowledge and helps your colleagues. Work on something that makes your grandparents say, "Wow."

Why is it a great time to be a developer at IBM?

IBM has resources to explore areas really deeply, such as quantum computing, machine learning, healthcare, data-center optimization, smarter cities, smarter planet, fresh water, pollution, agriculture, government. We can improve the lives of people and our planet.

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