Kiwi software vendors could benefit from a new Hewlett-Packard Partnership Technology Access Centre (PTAC), serving the Asia-Pacific.
The worldwide centres report the development of applications for IA-64, Hewlett-Packard’s new platform.
A centre serving the region opened in Tokyo earlier this month and one is planned for Australia this year.
New Zealand may also receive a centre, ”if there is demand for it”, says HP Asia-Pacific marketing director Tim Shaughnessy.
New Zealand firms will also benefit from the centres offering their services over the Internet. “This is in the works,” he says.
There is a projected opening sometime in the coming year.
The centre also provides software developers with comprehensive services, such as early access to Intel Itanium processor based systems, technical consulting, education and placing programs on the latest development tools.
“The PTACs will offer participating ISVs [independent software vendors] convenient one-stop shopping, and parallel flexibility and multi-OS support as they transition their software to IA64,” says HP Asia-Pacific marketing director Ganesh Ayyar.
More than 500 partners are already enrolled in HPs design of the future programme including Oracle.