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Microsoft tackles skills shortage

As part of TRAIN-IT 2000, Microsoft Australia will spend $6.5 million over the next three years on a new Authorised Academic Training Program (AATP) for schools, colleges, universities and TAFEs throughout Australia. By delivering industry accredited technical training to full-time high school, college and university students, Microsoft will effectively be training 720 teachers and 18,240 students throughout metropolitan and regional areas of Australia, the company said. tight-lipped on customer impactSun Microsystems Australia executives were tight-lipped last week about its recent global reorganisation and the impact it will have on local IT users. The vendor would not comment on the implications of its reorganisation for Australian customers. Last week Sun Microsystems announced three major changes to its current business operations including the establishment of a single global sales operation, the merging of Sun's computer systems and micro-electronics groups into the systems products group and the creation of a customer advocacy unit. The reorganisation, takes effect from July 1. to announce entry-level Unix serversHewlett-Packard will launch a new line of entry-level Unix servers, part of a broader effort to earn the vendor a bigger slice of the estimated $US10.8 billion worldwide market for such computer systems.

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