Australia is taking the lead in a new worldwide Wang Global initiative designed to streamline the organisation's methodologies and service offerings around the Microsoft Windows NT and Back Office platforms.
The organisation has leveraged the experience of its US-based subsidiary, Advanced Paradigms (API), in bringing this latest initiative to Australia. According to Steve Sparkes, Wang Global's director of network integration, API has been responsible for 250,000 seat-plus installations of Windows NT and Exchange.
It is from those massive implementations that Wang Global has garnered much of the knowledge required to deliver the range of Wang Global Office services. A pilot program conducted across several countries earlier this year further honed that knowledge and helped consolidate the methodologies.
Sparkes claims the services are targeted at defined Microsoft customers, and are delivered in a uniform manner worldwide, making them suitable for multinational organisations.
As one of only five sites outside the US to have taken part in the pilot of Wang Global Office, Australia is expected to be a major driver of its success, Robin Dixon, Wang Global's managing director, claimed.
To support its thrust locally, Wang Global plans to hire about 100 staff to specialise on the Wang Global Office products.
Dixon said Wang Global is also investing in new facilities for the initiative, including a new Microsoft laboratory being established in early-1999.
Further support will be provided by an in-house training strategy dubbed Wang Global University, which Dixon said will train and certify 2500 Microsoft certified systems engineers (CSEs) worldwide by 2000. More than 80 of those CSEs are expected to be trained and deployed in Australia.