To promote Linux and open source adoption in the region
IBM has opened a Linux innovation centre in the capital city of the Republic of Kazakshstan. The mission of the new centre for Linux and open standards is to drive the development and adoption of open standards and open source technologies among businesses and government organisations of Kazakhstan.
The company said that the new centre will help local software developers increase their Linux and open standards knowledge and better connect them to the worldwide Linux community.
According to IBM, the initial key projects and initiatives of the centre include: providing support to regional ISVs and IBM business partners to localise major worldwide applications and ensure availability of key local applications on Linux; developing prototypes of e-government services and other government projects based on Linux and open source; and developing e-learning solutions for the Kazakh system of professional training.
The company said that the centre will also focus on promoting Linux and open source adoption in Kazakhstan and establishing closer and collaboration with the worldwide Linux and open source communities through Linux seminars, local events, speakers at IT conferences and exchange programs. Open standards such as HTML, for web and information structure; SOAP for web services and SOA give businesses choice rather than limit themselves to closed and proprietary systems.
Inna Kuznetsova, vice president of Systems Software, marketing and sales enablement, said: Like many emerging markets, Kazakhstan faces the ambitious task of growing and enhancing its IT infrastructure very fast to match the demands of a new economy.
“Using open source and standards-based computing, Kazakhstan can avoid the pitfalls of an expensive, proprietary infrastructure and build a more flexible IT foundation to expedite economic development. The Linux center will deliver educational and practical resources to bolster open source adoption and spur innovation.