July 31, 2000 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG SDS Establishes World-class Software Development Center in Peking, China

Samsung SDS is taking aggressive steps toward positioning itself in the Chinese IT market in a long-term plan. Samsung SDS (CEO: Kim, Hong-Ki) announced on July 26 that it decided to invest around 20 billion won by 2002 to set up a research and development center and push ahead with educational and industrial cooperation with Yanbian College for developing software tailored to the Chinese market. To achieve this goal, it plans to establish a research and development center in ZhongguanCun, China's version of Silicon Valley, and develop it into a major technology center of Samsung SDS in China, where qualified and talented IT personnel will develop software tailored to Chinese needs. Samsung SDS plans to invest $1.5 million by 2002 to secure more than 200 talented personnel for the R&D center and develop it to a world-class R&D center and link it with the R&D center in India. It also will start to develop a new version of "uniERP", a leading solution developed by Samsung SDS for Linux and launch a co-development project with major universities in China including Chonghwa College to develop solutions suitable to the Chinese in September. Moreover, it decided to operate an educational and industrial cooperation program with Yanbian College for securing IT personnel and paving the way for the advancement into the North Korean IT market. It also set up "Samsung SDS and Yanbian College's research and development center" linking with the existing China R&D Center in Yanbian College. Samsung SDS will contribute 0.1 billion won to Yanbian College to support field experiences of the students in the computer science department through the educational and industrial cooperation program. It plans to develop the R&D Center as a stronghold for Samsung SDS to make inroads into the north korean IT market using the ethnic Korean resident graduates in China as technical personnel and cooperating with the R&D Center. Yanbian College, which is located 30 minutes from the North, has a student of body of 15,000 (20% of them are ethnic Korean residents in China) and is one of 100 promising universities for the 21st century in China, "The Chinese IT market is showing a high-speed annual growth rate of 30% and a huge software market for IT infrastructure and solutions will be formed as a result of China's admission into the WTO," predicts an official of Samsung SDS "Solutions for Linux will be in strong demand as China selected Linux as an official OS, turning away from Microsoft's Windows."


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