IBM boosts Vietnam IT with new innovation center
The center, located in Ho Chi Minh City, will provide entrepreneurs, business partners, venture capitalists and academics across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos with access to training workshops, consulting services, a broad technical infrastructure, and hands-on assistance to help bring new technologies to market.
As part of IBM's efforts to help build and support the burgeoning technical community in Vietnam, IBM also announced new collaborations with leading universities and improved access to no charge developer resources.
The University of Technology, Vietnam National University (VNU) in Ho Chi Minh City will collaborate and join the IBM Academic Initiative to establish a new university cloud computing center and a cloud curriculum. Also, the College of Technology, VNU in Hanoi will establish a Service Science Management and Engineering (SSME) department and jointly develop curriculum with IBM. Lastly, IBM will launch the first Vietnamese language version of IBM developerWorks, a global site to help IT professionals advance their technology skills.
Vietnam IT push
Today's news is in response to accelerated IT growth in Vietnam. As Internet use in Vietnam continues to rise at a considerable rate, the country's IT sector has grown more than 20 percent annually. Internet usage, limited to 200,000 citizens in 2000, doubled between 2005 and 2008 with over 20 million Vietnamese accessing the Internet today, according to the Vietnam Internet Network Information Center.
Of all developing countries, Vietnam has the highest Internet penetration rate, and with a goal of becoming a fully industrialized nation by 2020, wide-spread Internet access across Vietnam will help fuel the creation of new businesses that drive innovation into maturing industries.
In support of these opportunities, the Vietnam IBM Innovation Center will provide technical experts and customized hands-on supports to test and validate users' software technologies before they go to market. The center will offer training and access to open standards-based and emerging technologies such as cloud computing, Web 2.0 technologies, service oriented architecture, service management, and computing designs with energy and environment benefits.
"IBM continues to make major investments in emerging markets around the world, growing business while helping to develop local ecosystems that advance IT skills and innovation," said Jim Corgel, general manager, IBM ISV and developer relations. "With this IBM Innovation Center and new university collaborations, we are able to make IBM's technical resources and expertise more accessible to fuel innovation and help local businesses and academics compete on a global scale."