HYDERABAD, India — Dec. 6, 2005 — Satyam Computer Services Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. today announced an industry enterprise readiness initiative, called EDGE, which is aimed at training and certifying Satyam’s engineering work force on Microsoft® technologies. Managed by Satyam’s Microsoft Global Alliance and the Satyam Learning Center, EDGE will train up to 3,000 Microsoft Certified Professionals each year to fuel Satyam’s vision of ensuring execution excellence on the Microsoft .NET technology for enterprise solutions. Customers will benefit from enhanced IT optimization making the enterprise more efficient, agile and ultimately more competitive.
Satyam’s Enterprise Applications Solutions road map has received leadership ranking and accolades from industry analysts and enterprise customers for several quarters now, in terms of Satyam’s size and depth of an enterprise-applications-ready work force. As more customers begin to invest in Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Web services-based .NET service-oriented architecture (SOA) as the platform for their enterprise application solutions, Satyam is responding by scaling its .NET readiness efforts in a companywide campaign.
Speaking about the launch, Ram Mynampati, president of Satyam, underlined the driving forces for this decision: “Satyam has successfully pioneered ideas, technologies and strategies with the goal of expanding the business value for our customers worldwide, and providing high quality and agility in delivery and customer relationships,” Mynampati said. “EDGE will be one such key initiative, which will elevate and strengthen our quality and productivity on Microsoft technologies. It will play a key role in enhancing the business value we deliver to our customers. We are glad that we could work closely with Microsoft on this alliance and look forward to working toward creating a global level of training and readiness on the platform and thus create the value ‘edge’ for our customers.”
The EDGE program will enable Satyam’s global work force, including campus recruits, designers and architects, to access instructor-led training on Microsoft Official Curriculum courseware at the application and infrastructure level. It will also be supported by key Microsoft eLearning Library assets, MSDN® Universal, and other dedicated certification assets. Further, the EDGE program will integrate with other Satyam and Microsoft alliance assets, such as Microsoft’s architectural patterns and practices program and Adaptive Solutions Centers to create a unified approach to delivering productivity benefits to its global enterprise customers.
Eric Rudder, senior vice president of technical strategy at Microsoft, congratulated Satyam on the launch of its enterprisewide EDGE program. “Satyam’s true potential as an enterprise solutions integrator can be unleashed with a highly productive .NET-trained and -certified work force,” Rudder said. “To have Satyam’s rapidly expanding engineering work force undergo a dedicated, world-class Microsoft Learning and certification program will enhance its rapid growth as a leading global Microsoft partner that realizes customer potential on our platform. Microsoft is excited to co-design and support this program. Together, we will be able to deliver immense benefits to our shared customers worldwide.”
The Satyam and Microsoft Global Alliance is geared toward establishing a global standard in technology partnerships that exemplifies deep, mutually beneficial global market value creation and engagement that is aligned to deliver consistent customer delight in all segments.
.NET is the Microsoft Web services strategy to connect information, people, systems and devices through software. Integrated across the Microsoft platform, .NET technology provides the ability to quickly build, deploy, manage and use connected, security-enhanced solutions with Web services. .NET-connected solutions enable businesses to integrate their systems more rapidly and in a more agile manner and help them realize the promise of information anytime, anywhere, on any device.
About Satyam Computer Services Ltd.
Satyam Computer Services Ltd. (NYSE: SAY) is a global IT Consulting and Services Provider, offering a range of expertise aimed at helping customers re-engineer and re-invent their businesses to compete successfully in an ever-changing marketplace. Over 22,000* highly-skilled professionals in Satyam work onsite, offsite, offshore and nearshore, to provide customized IT solutions for companies in several industry sectors. Satyam’s ideas and products have resulted in technology-intensive transformations that have met the most stringent international quality standards. Satyam Development Centers in India, the USA, the UK, the UAE, Canada, Hungary, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan and Australia serve 429* global companies, of which 149* are Fortune Global 500 and Fortune US 500 corporations. Satyam’s presence spans 53 countries, across six continents.
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