San Jose, CALIF. — Fujitsu Software Corporation, a leading supplier of COBOL compilers and tools, announced that it has been awarded a $15 million contract to be the exclusive provider of COBOL software and associated video training for the Indian Computer Institute Association (ICIA). The package will be made available to the ICIA’s 2000 member colleges and universities beginning Q1 2001.
“Our goal is to help India develop a strong and progressive computer industry,” said Prof. G. Amarnath, Head of Technical Development, ICIA. “COBOL clearly has to be part of the equation because it forms the backbone of such a large proportion of business applications. In selecting Fujitsu COBOL, we are giving our students a quality COBOL implementation that will be easy to learn and use, delivers outstanding performance, and that is clearly evolving with the latest technologies such as graphical user interfaces, Web support and object integration.”
Fujitsu Software Corporation will be supplying ICIA with a special academic edition of the Fujitsu COBOL product along with more than 25 hours of video-based training. The video training provides an introduction to the COBOL language, guidance in using the Fujitsu COBOL development environment, thorough training in the design and execution of graphical user interfaces using PowerCOBOL, and many worked exercises demonstrating the use of Fujitsu COBOL and PowerCOBOL. According to Ron Langer, Director COBOL Sales and Marketing for Fujitsu Software Corporation, the software portion of the contract is in excess of $10 million dollars, which is believed to be the largest COBOL sale in recent history.
“This is a very significant announcement for both Fujitsu and the COBOL community,” said Langer. “Not only did Fujitsu win business in the face of some tough competition, which is strong testimony to the performance and superiority of our product, but it clearly supports our conviction that COBOL has made a smooth transition to the 21st century.” For more information, visit http://www.adtools.com .
Fujitsu Software Corporation (“FS”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (“Fujitsu”), was established in July 1991. FS is engaged in software research and development, software product and technology procurement, and software product sales.
The Indian Computer Institute Association (ICIA) is a non-profit making body set up in 1982 by Professors Bannerjee and Balasunderam. Its main objective is to strengthen Information Technology throughout the academic and commercial communities in India. By 1992 it had become one of the largest non-profit making bodies in India, with a membership of approximately 2,000 Institutions, Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges, and Research & Development establishments throughout the country.