CA plans mainframe development center in Prague

Computer Associates (CA) hopes to expand mainframe penetration across the globe through its Mainframe Center of Excellence in central Europe.

When you think of mainframe excellence, do you think of Prague in the Czech Republic?

Computer Associates International does. The mainframe software vendor is establishing its first Mainframe Center of Excellence in Prague, which will focus on mainframe software development, maintenance, validation and quality assurance.

The center will be housed in a 45,222-square-foot office, which will be open in August. Company officials hope to hire 200 students, mainframe experts and business managers to run the center. Patrick Pochard, a senior executive with 14 years service at CA, will manage the center.

So why did CA chose Prague? A highly educated workforce for one reason. Also, mainframe technology is taught at local universities. Finally, Prague is located at the heart of the European Union.

The center was given assistance by CzechInvest, the investment and business development agency of the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The center is part of CA's plans to expand worldwide. The company's strategy calls for deeper penetration of selected geographical markets such as the Arab countries and Eastern and Central Europe. The company hopes to double its business in Central and Eastern Europe over the next two years by investing in new staff and premises.

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