NIIT, the leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia's largest IT trainer, and IBM have entered into a global alliance to offer cutting edge training programs in IBM technologies. Through this strategic partnership, NIIT will offer training programs on IBM's CEIS (Career Education in IBM Software) framework, customized for NIIT. Initially training will be offered on Curriculum from the Rational Brand that deals with software testing and quality assurance. The partnership will be extended in successive phases to other platforms of IBM like: Database Administration, E- Business System Administration, Enterprise Collaboration and Enterprise IT Management. NIIT will offer these training programs across key markets in India. The courses will be offered as modular skill-building programs as well as specialized job-oriented diploma programs. These highly-specialized training courses will be offered across 100 NIIT centres within a year. In the next phase, these courses will also be offered in Asia- Pacific countries. Speaking at a press conference in the capital, Vijay K. Thadani, Chief Executive Officer, NIIT, remarked 'We are pleased to announce NIIT's partnership with IBM today. This presents an opportunity to combine our 28 years of skill-building experience with IBM's proven technologies, to create talent for the industry globally. Software testing and Quality Assurance is a critical segment of the software industry. Hence, we will start training people in IBM's Rational suite and extend to other IBM Technologies.'
Pradeep Nair, Director – Software Group, IBM India/South Asia remarked, 'We are delighted to join hands with NIIT – this partnership enables students and professionals in India to acquire skills around our world-class Rational suite – the leader in the application development and testing space. Our CEIS programs have seen great success in the market, and this partnership with NIIT will help us build the next generation of top-tier programming talent in India.' G. Raghavan, President-Global Individual Learning Business, NIIT added 'This is an industry aligned Training Program designed to meet the growing demand for qualified professionals in Software Testing and Quality Assurance Space. The program will prepare youth for challenging global careers in this sector.' As per industry reports, the worldwide market for computer software and systems testing services is projected to reach USD 56 billion by 2013. India is emerging as a leader in the software testing market with more and more companies outsourcing their software testing services to India. The Indian testing service providers are fast moving up the value chain by providing high quality service, and at same time maintaining their price competitiveness.