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Microsoft, FPT sign strategic partnership

Update: November, 19/2006 - 00:00

Microsoft, FPT sign strategic partnership

(20-11-2006)

HA NOI — Microsoft and FPT Corporation (FPT) on Saturday signed a three-year strategic alliance agreement, which the companies hope will improve their market reach in Viet Nam and across Asia-Pacific.

The alliance is an extension of an existing memorandum of understanding (MoU), and focuses on partnering a number of the companies’ initiatives to build on their local and regional success, according to statements released by FPT, Viet Nam’s largest technology solutions firm.

One of the main focuses of the agreement is the migration from mainframes or mid-range systems to the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 family.

The companies will also build a powerful knowledge base of trained and certified FPT engineers with skills in enterprise migration.

"The MoU signed earlier this year defined the culture of the partnership between FPT and Microsoft. Today, we are extending this already deep bond," said FPT Chief Executive Officer Truong Gia Binh.

He added that FPT has been very successful in various migration activities with customers secured in countries like Malaysia and Singapore.

Microsoft will also partner with FPT to build skills around infrastructure management and government interpretability. The agreement gives FPT access to Microsoft’s other partners in the Asia-Pacific region.

According to the Seattle-based firm, it will help teach FPT University students Microsoft technology and software. Exposure to the Microsoft curriculum will arm Vietnamese students with skills that are currently in high demand.

"FPT is a technology powerhouse in Viet Nam and we’re honoured to have them as our first strategic alliance partner in Southeast Asia," said Christophe Desriac, Country Manager of Microsoft Viet Nam

The companies have already established a Microsoft Competency Centre (MCC), focused on .NET, Microsoft Dynamics and Information Worker Collaborative technologies.

"FPT is an example of the potential for Viet Nam’s ICT industry to develop and export sophisticated intellectual property," said Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie, who witnessed the signing ceremony and attended the APEC CEO Summit 2006 over the weekend.

"The country is one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing economies. We hope that in the long term, our partnership with leaders like FPT, will encourage greater innovation, research and development, and attract more foreign investment into Viet Nam."

Established in 1988, FPT leads the local market in terms of systems integration, mobile distribution, software services, telecoms, Internet, e-media content, computer assembly and profitability. The company in 2005 reported US$517 million in revenue, and boasts an annual revenue increase of 70 per cent for the past five years. — VNS

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