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HP Opens Software Solution Center in China

Press release from the issuing company

PALO ALTO, Calif.--Oct. 22, 2001--Hewlett-Packard Company today announced plans to open an HP Software Solution Center in Shanghai, China, that will focus on developing business software solutions for enterprise customers. The center is intended to meet customer demand for enterprise solutions that support an always-on Internet infrastructure in the high-growth Chinese market. Within the next several years, the center is expected to employ over 1,000 professionals, who will focus on the research and development of HP software and on providing a range of customer solutions for China's domestic market. The center positions HP to meet the rapidly growing needs for IT infrastructure and integrated business solutions in the Chinese IT market, which IDC has forecast will reach $50 billion by 2005, including software and services(1). Additionally, the center will work closely with local independent software vendors (ISVs) as well as global ISVs entering the Chinese market. "We welcome HP's expansion in China, which clearly demonstrates the improving status of the Chinese IT industry,'' said Chen Chong, Minister of Information Industries. "I believe that HP`s advanced technology and IT solutions will promote the overall development of the China IT market.'' "Chinese corporations are anxious to expand their IT infrastructure capabilities,'' said Cheng-Yaw Sun, president, HP China. "The new HP Software Solution Center will develop solutions that use the best technologies to meet growing business needs, helping China to fulfill its goals as a leading world market.'' The HP Software Solution Center in China is expected to open before the end of 2001. HP's solution centers have received a CMM Level 5 rating -- the highest-level assessment -- for quality software engineering from the Software Engineering Institute. Leveraging the CMM Level 5 processes and expertise, the center plans to offer industry-leading software engineering services and provide on-time and on-budget performance for local customers.