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NCR to invest $12m in Information Technology sector

ISLAMABAD- NCR Pakistan, a unit of United States (US) based NCR Corporation, pledged a $ 12 million investment in the next three years, as part of its expansion progmmme in Pakistan’s IT sector.

Celebrating its completion of 50 years in Pakistan, the country manager of NCR Pakistan Veqar-ul-Islam said the company was launching its Internet Service Provider (ISP), setting up university programme and establishing a centre of expertise, in Pakistan, for data warehouse for Middle East and Africa.

He said with Rs 70 million investment in the past 6 months, NCR was looking forward to setting up ISP with a local partner and an announcement was expected in April . He said the company would ensure quality and customer-focus service.

He said NCR would be the first company to establish ‘centre for data warehouse’ in Pakistan and the regional hub would serve as resource centre for Middle East and Africa.

Islam said in the third quarter of the year NCR would start its university programme with data warehousing labs in 6 universities. He said the company would launch training programmes including ‘train the trainer’ programmes. Under this programme, he said, foreign experts would train the local trainers, teaching them the techniques.

He said the company would hold a seminar, on March 20 in Islamabad and on March 22 in Karachi on data warehousing, e-business and e-CRM featuring the chief technology officer of NCR, Stephen Brobst.

In May, NCR would launch ‘Teradata’ certification which would produce trained manpower for global market of data ware housing, he said. The comparw is also worldng on developing a curriculum along international standard, he added.

The third excellence awards will be held in October/November this year to recognise the outstanding individuals in the country, Veqar said.

He said in the last one year, NCR established two data warehousing projects which were nearing com- pletion with overall nine ‘teradata’ installations on counay-wide basis. NCR would take initiative to introduce relationship technologies in Pakistan through strong and sustained data warehouse and customer relationship management programmes.

About brain-drain, particularly in IT sector, he said there was no strategy to stop IT professionals who were seeking job opportunities abroad but Pakistan required to keep on producing enough professionals in the hope that some percentage would stay back.

He said the country had a great potential in IT sector and NCR was encouraged by government policies to promote this sector. He said NCR was refocusing on Pakistan after the incentives given in IT seetor. He said the company would aggressively build the image of Pakistan abroad.

Source: Business Recorder