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IBM opens hub in Middle East

Soaring regional demand for the skills needed to solve business problems using service oriented architectures (SOA) has prompted IBM to open a new training centre in Dubai.

Soaring regional demand for the skills needed to solve business problems using service oriented architectures (SOA) has prompted IBM to open a new training centre in Dubai.

IBM believes that customers, business partners and university students will all benefit from the launch of the SOA leadership centre in the UAE - one of eight such centres planned around the world.

In addition to the proposed Dubai SOA centre, Big Blue has confirmed that it will open a facility in France, with further centres expected to open in Asia, North America, South America and Northern Europe.

"Opening these centres is a direct response to what our customers are demanding," commented Jason Weisser, VP and CTO, SOA advance technology at IBM. "IBM has helped thousands of early SOA adopters successfully solve some of today's most challenging business problems using SOA. Now the SOA Leadership Centres can help customers develop the skills and knowledge to enable them to use an SOA to attain business goals."

According to IBM, each centre will be staffed by a number of IBM SOA experts and will focus on three primary areas including SOA education and training, SOA implementation support, and SOA exhibitions and demonstrations.

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