Tomorrow (May 21) is World Day for Cultural Diversity. Last year, to celebrate, Ericsson asked its employees for submissions for recipes for Ericsson Cultural Journeys Book. Ericsson has over 19,00 people in over 180 countries who speak over 193 languages, and this is a wonderful collection of food ideas from our people. Having tried most of them, I’d have to say the Turkish ‘Lady’s Thigh Meatballs from Emrah Onder is my favorite! It’s a fascinating insight and also a culinary delight – you can download a free copy of the book here: http://goo.gl/oUyXHo.
And happy World Day for Cultural Diversity!
Turkish ‘Lady’s Thigh Meatballs from Emrah Onder of Ericsson
Congratulations to my colleagues in Hungary who were recently awarded “Most Intelligent Company” for the second year running.
The competition (in co-operation with Mensa, the high IQ society) involved employees of companies taking the Mensa’s official IQ test on a voluntary basis. Ericsson Hungary were the highest on average (for the second time in a row, as they won in 2014 as well) in the large company category. Several Ericsson entrants even achieved scores high enough to be offered Mensa membership.
Well done all!
You can read more about the competition here: http://www.intelligensvallalat.hu/fooldal (in Hungarian).
Looking forward to having the next TypeScript meetup on Tuesday the 17th of November here in Ericsson Ireland. There are 2 talks planned this time around;
– Unit testing with TypeScript by Daniel Jimenez Garcia, and
– Decorators & metadata reflection in TypeScript by Remo H. Jansen
The last event was an enormous success, and Tuesday is already booked out, but you can join the meetup group online to hear about when the next (and subsequent meetups) will be, here: http://www.meetup.com/Dublin-TypeScript-Meetup/ as well as join the wait-list for Tuesday if anyone else cancels.
For all who come on Tuesday, I hope you will all feel very welcome here.
Very special day today as we got to meet some of the working dogs from My Canine Companion as well as listen to a talk from Cliona O’Rourke founder and Director of training.
You may recall last month I posted about the bake sale that was held in Ericsson Ireland to support our two charities, of which MyCanineCompanion is one (the other being Sonas APC) and I couldn’t have been more happy to have another excuse to talk about My Canine companion again.
So just if you are wondering, yes, that’s me with a puppy on my lap, and yes, the puppy’s name is Ericsson.
My Canine Companion provide highly trained and skilled service dogs to people with disabilities, particularly autism.
Congratulations to the Cyberlympics Winners!
On Thursday the 29th of October Ericcson ran a successful Cyberlympics event on campus in UCD. We had an excellent turnout of almost 40 enthusiastic computer science and engineering students. The competition was enjoyed by all and very well received. The winning team consisted of Karl Jonas Radle, Fabio D’Urso, Vincentas Glusinskas and Michal Gwizdz and they finished on a score of 4300 after two 45 minute rounds. A huge congratulations to the winning team as they held of stiff competition from the other teams. We look forwarding to seeing everyone again at future events.
Well done to to the organisers and volunteers and most especially all the participants!
One of the greatest things about working at Ericsson is the opportunities you have to work with people from different countries, cultures and backgrounds, and maybe even travel to work where they are.
One such organisation is the RSSA CHI (which stands for Region Sub Saharan Africa Competence Hub Ireland). This team provides senior competence across the Sub Saharan Africa region. At Ericsson, this means Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Namibia and many more – quite an adventure!
Team members, who are regarded as being the best in their field, will travel on assignment to these countries to assist or manage some of the most complex, challenging, strategically important and rewarding projects in the world.
The team itself is fairly representative of the best of Ericsson: a diverse mix of professionals from all over the world who have each excelled individually and have joined forces to form a unit that has a strong ethos of teamwork (they describe themselves as the “A-team”).
Although they travel significantly thought the year, I was pleased to catch up with Jeffrey Manalaysay and Hamizan Mohamad when they were here in Ireland recently (where, as you can see, we were having a typically fantastic Irish summer).
Hamizan Mohamad is a veteran of telecoms and joined Ericsson in 2007, and Ericsson Ireland in 2011 as a Senior Customer Project Manager, managing multimillion-dollar rollout projects and programs on Ericsson’s behalf. Although I had worked with him since 2011, this was the first time we met face to face. He told me the RSSA region itself gave you a lot of varieties in terms of culture, working environment and customer interactions. You will meet up with new challenges everyday which makes the job even more interesting. This creates diversity in your experience and it makes your job very enticing!
Jeffrey Manalaysay has worked with Ericsson for over 10 years now, in the Philippines, Sweden, Brazil, Algeria and now Ireland. He is a Senior Solution Architect, helping bring Ericsson’s customers ambitions to fruition through innovation. Jeffrey told me: “I have travelled to various African countries specifically in the Sub-Saharan region. Since Africa is a continent like none other, it has that which is elegantly vast or awfully little. It goes the same with the projects; it could be a huge turn-key project or a small delivery; very challenging or a “walk in the park.” Either way, there are always lessons to be learned. But the biggest lesson from Africa both in a professional and personal experience was that, our life’s joys come mostly from relationships and friendships, not from material things.”
Hamizan and Jeffrey work on projects in the RSSA Region (illustrated). Having recruited for this division a couple of years ago, I have discovered a couple of interesting facts about Africa that I thought I would share with you:
- Sub Saharan Africa has a bigger land area than India and China combined- wow.
- The number of languages spoken in Sub Saharan Africa is over a thousand.
- More oil is produced in Sub Saharan Africa than in the Middle East- sorry EMEA!
- Mobile Data penetration is expected to double by 2017.
- The second largest market in the world for Guinness is Nigeria. (Is this why the RSSA CHI is in Ireland?)
So, if you think you are the next Hamizan or Jeffrey, and you’d like to discover RSSA like I have, we would love to hear from you. We’re hiring right now:
Senior Solution Architect – BCSC/CBIO
Senior Solution Architect – RAN
Senior Customer Project Manager – NRO
Senior Customer Project Manager- CSI
CSI Program Director/Manager