Aptech, IBM in pact for global training

By : |July 25, 2001 0

NEW DELHI: Aptech Ltd. and IBM India have entered into a strategic alliance
wherein Aptech will offer training programs designed on IBM platforms through
its centers both in India and abroad. The courses will be provided at Aptech and
Asset centers. The first phase of the program will see Aptech training about
20,000 professionals throughout its 200 centers in India. Aptech currently has
2245 centers and is present in 42 countries.

The two corporates have also had a strategic relation way back in 1999 when
Aptech’s advanced training division, Asset, entered into an alliance with IBM to
deliver e-biz courses. While the curriculum will be developed by Aptech, both
Aptech and IBM will undertake joint marketing initiatives to promote leading IBM
technologies like DB2 database and WebSphere Application server.

The cost will be between $40-$100. The various courses on IBM technologies
will be charged differentially depending on the package one opts for.

Speaking about the background that led to the alliance Software Group and
Developer Relation Country Manger Pawan Sharma says, “There has been a
growing gap in available skill-sets in IBM technologies. Since 1999 when IBM
launched the initiative for Independent Solutions Vendors (ISV), the need for
people with IBM skill-sets has increased phenomenally as more and more ISVs have
moved onto to the IBM platform.”

Although this will not be an exclusive alliance, Erik Elzerman, Director, IBM
Software Group, ASEAN/SA ruled out further alliances for the time being.

Aptech CEO Promod Khera, estimated that a total of 60,000 professionals will
be trained in various IBM technologies out of which 20,000 are expected to
undertake certification. He said one of the major growth strategies of Aptech
will be to grow through alliances.

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