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IBM Helps Hong Kong Upgrade Its Information Technology

Magazine article Information Today

IBM Helps Hong Kong Upgrade Its Information Technology

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IBM Helps Hong Kong Upgrade Its Information Technology

The Hong Kong Government has found an innovative means of upgrading its information technology and, at the same time, helping to overcome a shortage of key professionals in that industry.

An agreement was signed with International Business Machines (IBM) for a Technology and Skill Enhancement Partnership Program.

Under the program, IBM is providing, at no cost, computer facilities, a development center, equipment and experienced officers for training the government's information technology staff and improving the skills necessary for using and supporting System/370 Architecture installations. IBM is also providing consultancy services in specific areas.

In return, the Hong Kong Government will purchase from IBM computer equipment worth $25 million, within the 30-month period of the partnership program.

Last year the government adopted IBM's System/370 Architecture as the standard platform for its mainframe computer systems. There are now 18 mainframe installations, of which 11 are the S/370 systems.

"This is the first time the government has entered into such a large-scale information technology project with the private sector," said Dr. Colin Greenfield, Director of Information Technology Services. …

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