Oracle extends online developer network to China

Oracle Corp. has extended its Oracle Technology Network (OTN) to China in the hope of tapping into the large pool of software development skills there, the company announced Wednesday during its OracleWorld event in Beijing.

The OTN China Web site offers downloads of Oracle development tools and software, technical documentation, support services and developer-to-developer information sharing, Oracle said in a statement.

The Chinese-language OTN is aimed at a software community estimated by research company IDC to include 500,000 developers. The English-language version of OTN version has already attracted over 55,000 developers from China, Oracle has said.

Oracle also announced plans for an Internet-based learning center in Beijing as an extension of its product development center in Shenzhen, China. The center will employ Oracle developers and translation specialists who will help customers deploy e-learning systems in the Chinese language based on Oracle's iLearning system, according to the statement.

Other Oracle initiatives announced during OracleWorld include:

-- Plans for new learning centers in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong to help IT professionals gain certification in Oracle products-- An expansion of its Oracle 9i certification program to three levels of expertise; Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Certified Professional and Oracle Certified Master.

-- A donation of US$500,000 worth of online training to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Human Capacity Building Promotion Program, a scheme to help build IT skills in APEC countries.

The event, which runs through Friday, is designed to showcase how Oracle products can help Chinese businesses improve efficiencies and cut costs as they start on a modernizing path to meet tough World Trade Organization (WTO) competitive pressures, Oracle said.

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