First IBM learning centre in Jordan

LeapOne, a Jordan-based IBM business partner, has unveiled of its IBM authorised learning centre. The institute will provide training and education on IBM’s WebSphere and Lotus software offerings, as well as the open-source Linux operating system.

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By  Alicia Buller Published  August 2, 2004

LeapOne, a Jordan-based IBM business partner, has unveiled of its IBM authorised learning centre. The institute will provide training and education on IBM’s WebSphere and Lotus software offerings, as well as the open-source Linux operating system. The vendor hopes that the centre will help to set new standards in the Jordanian software market and allow it to compete more effectively in the regional and global arena. “We believe the IBM learning centre is an important milestone for the Jordanian ICT market. Not only will it provide software development and training for the next-generation of skilled labour, but it will provide a local support base for IBM business partners and customers in the Kingdom that need to keep themselves up to date with the latest technologies,” says Dr. Yaser Abdehhadi, general manager of LeapOne. With a team of six certified IBM developers and four certified instructors, the learning centre will provide 16 to 40 hours of training for each course with trainees receiving an IBM certified developer certificate upon completion. LeapOne is also granting Jordanian university students a 30% discount on training fees as part of an incentive plan to encourage them to take the course and advance their skills in software development. The centre will also provide training courses to other IBM business partners in addition to providing outsourced services. “IBM is working closely with its business partners in the Kingdom, investing in training and education initiatives that will help build Jordan’s ICT sector,” says Bashar Kilani, IBM’s manager of software group, Middle East. “We believe that Jordan’s software industry has enormous potential,” he adds. The centre will deliver training on IBM’s Software, including DB2 Content Management, WebSphere Portal, WebSphere Business Integration, Lotus WorkFlow and Wireless Communication using DB2 EVERYPLACE. In addition, it will provide courses on the WebSphere, DB2, Rational Rose and Lotus product families.

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