IBM has designed a new video game to help university students and young professionals in order to develop a combination of business and IT skills in students. The video game, called Innov8 interactive 3D is specifically designed to bridge the gap in understanding between IT teams and business leaders.
More than 2000 universities around the world can download the game from IBM's website and use in their classrooms without paying any charge. More than 30 colleges and universities have already incorporated the game into their programme plans.
Manchester Business School (MBS) of UK is one of the first universities to use the game. Brandeis International Business School has become the first schools to test the game. The school has developed several courses based on Innov8 to teach technology concepts and business strategies, so that students can apply when they enter the workforce.
With the Innov8, professors can teach students the basic skills required to manage processes with Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), a technology draws on functions from multiple applications to support a specific process in a company's IT network. The game comes in three levels. Students can start, stop and save the work, so that professors can hold discussions around the events, highlighting the key-points and strategies. IBM is planning to translate the game into another five languages.