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Cyberlympics Winners

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!

 

 

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Ericsson from Europe to Africa: Meet Some of our Global Team

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
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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
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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.”

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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:

  1. Sub Saharan Africa has a bigger land area than India and China combined- wow.
  2. The number of languages spoken in Sub Saharan Africa is over a thousand.
  3. More oil is produced in Sub Saharan Africa than in the Middle East- sorry EMEA!
  4. Mobile Data penetration is expected to double by 2017.
  5. 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

Ericsson at the Midlands Jobs Fair

Congratulations and thanks to Anne and Bernadetta, the organisers of the Midlands Jobs Fair for inviting us yesterday to the event in Athlone.

It was an enormous success and we met hundreds of job seekers and spoke to them about what a fantastic employer Ericsson is.

We also spoke to some recent graduates about joining Ericsson as a graduate employee, or further study through the Ericsson Masters in Software Technology – Plus a Guaranteed Job.

We also met some of the EURopean Employment Services (EURES) Team, some of whom had traveled from all over Europe to meet with midlands job seekers and advise them of options abroad. EURES offer a job mobility portal for job seekers and EURES Advisers that are in daily contact with job seekers and employers across Europe.

 

It was great also to meet and speak with Kevin Humphreys, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection with special responsibility for Employment, Community and Social Support about what Ericsson has brought to the midlands as an employer, as well as speak to Athlone Community Radio about what types of positions we have available.

Overall, a great day!

 

 

Question: Dogs and Cakes in Ericsson Ireland – what could be better?

Answer: Dogs and Cakes in support of charity!

Congratulations to our Global Resource Manager at Sinead Brock, and the bakers, organisers and volunteers of this week’s bake sale in Ericsson Ireland in aid of Ericsson Ireland’s two nominated charities; Sonas APC andMyCanineCompanion.

Both are fantastically worthwhile causes; Sonas APC provides a range of training, resources and supports for those on the dementia journey, while My Canine Companion provide highly trained and skilled service dogs to people with disabilities, particularly autism.

The cakes were of course delicious, but most especially it was great to have one very special visitor, “Google” the service dog, who seemed to enjoy his time here.

The organisers did a fantastic job raising €424 for the 2 charities, but even if you missed our cake sale, it’s still not too late to donate to either or both charity, and I would encourage you to do so:

Sonas APC: http://www.sonasapc.ie

My Canine Companion: http://www.mycaninecompanion.ie/

First TypeScript Meetup held in Ericsson Ireland

Great to have the very first TypeScript Meetup here last week in Ericsson Ireland, organised by Ericsson’s Konstantin Dubrovniy and Remo H Jansen.

Remo’s slides are available here: http://goo.gl/FOlzHQ, and Konstantin’s are here: https://goo.gl/Qp7GXA for those of you who was unable to make it on the night, and you can read more about TypeScript here:

http://www.typescriptlang.org

For all who came, I hope you all felt very welcome in the Ericsson Campus, and well done to Remo and Konstantin for organizing such a successful debut.

TV & Media Hackathon 2015

Well done to the Dublin team (Hugh, Gearoid pictured, and Abubakr and Rosario and anyone else I have missed on the earlier shifts) who are participating in the TV &  Media Hackathon from here in Ericsson LM Ireland.

The team are participating with teams in 17 other sites globally with 350 other participants (from Canada, the US in Atlanta, LA, Dallas, through Sweden, Spain, Croatia in Europe, all the way across the globe as far as China and Australia). The challenge is staggering: Create a TV application prototype! Peter and David (who’s chest is also pictured) have been providing moral as well as nutritional support (in the form of Pizza).

The guys stopped briefly to let me know that it is tough, but they are really enjoying the challenge. # TVandMediaHackathon2015 #Ericsson

Ericsson Careers Blog

I’m delighted to have been invited to become involved and contribute to the Ericsson Careers Blog. Ericsson is made up of employees from 168 nationalities in over 180 countries, and the blog is a very exciting project spanning the globe. I’m really looking forward to working with some of the brightest minds in Information and Communications Technology from all over the world, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading the content. You can see the blog here:

http://www.ericsson.com/careers/blog/

The Ericsson Careers Blog Team