Symbian announces worldwide training initiative and European DevExpo to support next generation software development
Developer Exposition to be held in London, November 6th-7th 2000
London - Symbian today announced a new initiative to provide certified training for software developers together with dates for its second European Developer Exposition. The training will be provided by a global network of partners, which include EMCC Software in the UK, TietoEnator in Sweden, Tieturi in Finland and Kanrikogaku Kenkyusho in Japan. The Symbian Training Partner program is designed to support the current 31,000 registered developers, Symbian's licensees, Competence Centres, Technical partners and other clients with expert, customised training courses and materials.
"Our new training partners will help drive the realisation of the Wireless Community by supporting developers and promoting the interoperability of applications and content throughout the Wireless value chain," said David Wood, Executive Vice President of Technical Consulting at Symbian. "We're currently looking to further enhance this program in the USA and are in discussion with a number of potential partners."
Symbian is holding its second European Developer Exposition, which will take place 6th -7th November 2000, in central London. The Symbian Developer Expo will be focused on workshops and training sessions enabling attendees to learn about developing applications for mobile users, and building business around the rapidly increasing wireless content and service industry. Attendees will be able to get exclusive insights into the next version of the Symbian platform, which includes technologies like WAP, Java and Bluetooth. Symbian's latest software development kits for Smartphones and Communicators will also be released to attendees. Symbian is currently offering a discount for early registrants to the Symbian DevExpo, who can register online at http://www.symbian.com/devexpo
- Symbian Training Partner Quotes
Leigh Edwards, EMCC Software's Chief Executive remarked: "Our organisation is highly committed to the Symbian platform and we expect the Symbian platform to quickly dominate in the Wireless Information Device industry. During close collaboration with Symbian and companies such as Ericsson Mobile Ltd., EMCC has acquired a highly sophisticated competence in the Symbian platform. As one of the first members of the Symbian Training Partner program, we are uniquely qualified to provide top quality training and consultancy services to other organisations working with the Symbian platform."
"Kanrikogaku Kenkyusho has been cooperating with both Symbian and its licensees from 1995, through, for example, developing Internationalisation for and Japanization of the Symbian platform. K3 is also a Symbian Competence Center," said Tetsutaro Yoshimura, President of Kanrikogaku Kenkyusho Ltd., Japan. "Soon, users will be able to roam wireless networks all over the world, bringing their Wireless Information Devices anywhere. Kanrikogaku Kenkyusho will be among the first in bringing knowledge of the Symbian platform and its localization to the Asian market, and will work in close partnership with Symbian in promoting the development of this whole new breed of software which will have high functionality but also well designed services and User Interfaces."
"Since we are developing products for Ericsson, based on the Symbian platform, it was a natural step to participate in the Symbian Training Partner initiative," says Mats Ingemarsson, Marketing Manager at TietoEnator Technical Consultants. "We see our nomination as Training Partner as a recognition of our demonstrated ability to provide programmer training for the Symbian platform. This will also further strengthen our position as leading supplier of consultancy services for the Symbian platform in the Nordic countries."
"Knowledgepool Tieturi is the largest Internet training provider in Finland," said Managing Director Veikko Kanerva. Knowledgepool Tieturi has been part of the KnowledgePool consortium since the beginning of this year. "Knowledgepool Tieturi has long seen that mobility is one key success factor in future IT development. One step in that development is the huge increase in the number of, and use of, handheld devices such as Communicators and Smartphones. It has been estimated that that the number of mobile phones will exceed the number of PCs in the year 2002," Mr. Kanerva continued. "Because the Symbian platform is widely accepted as the de facto standard for the next generation of handheld devices, Tieturi sees that there are large training markets for the Symbian platform. In Scandinavia, the Symbian platform is important also because of the wide use of mobile phones, and because the world's largest mobile phone manufactures, Nokia and Ericsson, have their product development units here."
Press and Analysts may apply for free passes to the Symbian DevExpo at http://www.symbian.com/devexpo
- About Symbian
Symbian owns, licenses, develops and supports leading software, user interfaces, application frameworks and development tools for Wireless Information Devices such as Communicators and Smartphones. Symbian aims to promote standards for the interoperability of Wireless Information Devices with wireless networks, content services, and messaging and enterprise wide solutions.
With headquarters in London, Symbian has offices in Tokyo and Kanazawa, Japan; Ronneby, Sweden; Cambridge, UK and San Francisco Bay Area, USA. Symbian is owned by Ericsson, Matsushita, Motorola, Nokia and Psion. Symbian's web site can be found at http://www.symbian.com
- About EMCC Software Ltd.
EMCC Software Ltd. specializes in development, training and consulting services for the Symbian platform and related mobile technologies. EMCC is at the forefront of the development and application of the Symbian platform. The company is closely involved in the latest developments in the world of wireless and mobile computing, working with companies such as Ericsson Mobile Ltd., Symbian and Psion Computers plc. Direct involvement in the development of the Ericsson R380s Smartphone, with Symbian Ltd. on the development of the operating system components, keeps EMCC Software at the leading edge of the technology. EMCC Software also specifies, designs and develops applications and software solutions for Symbian based Smartphones, Communicators and handheld computers. Further information about EMCC Software Ltd. can be found at http://www.emccsoft.com
- About Kanrikogaku Kenkyusho, Ltd. (K3)
K3 develops, markets and licenses proprietary software and technologies. Designers of the first Japanese word processor for Intel-based PCs, the company now licenses a range of products, including the Kana-Kanji conversion software Matsutake for Windows. K3 has been developing Internationalization for the Symbian platform from 1995. In June 1998, K3 and Symbian additionally signed a technical partnership agreement for Japanization of the Symbian platform. K3 is also a Symbian Competence Center. Further information about K3: http://www.kthree.co.jp
- About TietoEnator
TietoEnator Technical Consultants is leading in technical system development and is part of the TietoEnator-concern, which has more than 11 000 employees, as well as a turn-around of 1.2 billion Euro. You can find more information about us and our services at http://www.tietoenator.com.
TietoEnator is a leading supplier of value-added IT services in Europe. They are a major supplier of expertise and technical consultants within the area of design and development of real-time embedded systems and wireless solutions. Further information about TietoEnator Technical Consultants: http://www.tekniktorget.nu
- About Tieturi
Tieturi Oy is a leading supplier of professional IT training in Finland and one of the biggest in Scandinavia. The company has over 400 different courses for both IT professionals and users. Key development targets for Tieturi are eLearning, Internet and wireless data communication training. Tieturi is a subsidiary of ICL and a member of Knowledgepool - the world's largest non-proprietary IT training group. Further information about Tieturi Oy can be found at http://www.tieturi.fi
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