Tanmia outsources its Internet platform to IBM

Big Blue is designing, hosting and providing the day-to-day maintenance of the web-based manpower marketplace.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  January 27, 2002

Tanmia otherwise known as the National Human Resource Development & Employment Authority, is extending its reach into cyber space with an outsourcing agreement with IBM.

Big Blue is designing, hosting and providing the day-to-day maintenance of the web-based manpower marketplace.

Tanmia hopes that the marketplace will bring together UAE nationals and prospective employers. Job seekers can post their CVs via the Web, and search for available vacancies. Employers will be able to advertise positions and search a database of candidates.

“Our country’s growth is related to the productive employment of our citizens,” said HE Matar Al Tayer, minister of Labour & Social Affairs and chairman of Tanmia.

“The ability to efficiently place the right skills in the right job at the right time will lead to UAE citizens’ increased contribution to various sectors of the national economy. The technology increases the efficiency of manpower development, and the information analysed by our labour market researchers becomes a valuable tool for policy decisions for the future,” he added.

The solution being put together by IBM will use an ‘intelligent’ bilingual skill matching technology. Also through the use of DB2 and Domino platforms, job seekers and employers will be able to contact one another by either e-mail, fax or over the Internet.

The marketplace solution also delivers training and career counselling. Tammia is also able to analyst data and study trends for the production of valuable studies on employment issues for government and educational bodies.

IBM will also handle end-to-end services, including web-based application development and training of Tanmia staff. A key part of the outsourcing agreement is IBM’s ongoing contribution to the project’s implementation and effectiveness through its global services organisation.

“IBM and DIC are ideal partners for this project,” said Yousuf Abdulghani, director general of Tanmia.

“Complete outsourcing of software development, as well as secure hosting with operational support round the clock allows Tanmia to focus and excel in its business. We will continue our mission to develop the skills and capabilities of our citizens. The new service goes well beyond the traditional job placement services by identifying and providing training and career guidance, helping job seekers match their skills to the labour market, and employers locate suitable National talent,” he explained.

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