IBM has revealed plans to move its New Zealand headquarters in Auckland, relocating staff to a new office in Wynyard Quarter.
Occupying two floors in a brand new “5 Green Star, 100 per cent seismic-rated building”, Big Blue will soon occupy residence at 30 Gaunt Street, just behind the Fonterra building.
“As the crow flies, the move is only a few city blocks, but it places us at the heart of Auckland’s innovation hub, mixing with corporates and established technology leaders as well as emerging companies on the rise in GridAKL,” IBM New Zealand managing director, Mike Smith, said.
“It’s an exciting time for our people because we can configure a working space to suit 2017, not 2000 when IBM arrived in Wyndham Street.
“Think how working practices have changed during those 17 years.
“Wireless networks and hugely powerful mobile devices have of course made important practical differences, but for me the biggest change is in attitudes to more open collaboration with all industry players, even those once considered competitors.”
Fresh from taking the reins at the tech giant, Smith said the relocation reflects the new-look IBM and its new-look approach to customer engagement, following a period of great change for the vendor.
“Clients engaged in agile development expect more frequent input and access to our best minds, and are less willing to wait in anticipation of the formal, big reveal,” Smith added.
“This means creating more meeting spaces that are welcoming, flexible and support our design thinking approach.”
As reported by Reseller News, Smith previously worked at IBM New Zealand until 1999, as a director of mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances, and general manager for IBM in the South Island.