Monday, March 15, 2010

IT-giants to chip development.

Leading American IT-company decided to "chip in" to help the national economy - not without benefit to itself, of course. Total plans to collect about $ 3.5 billion, this money will be invested in the U.S. IT-developers, as well as an increase in the number of jobs in the IT-industry.

The economic crisis has seriously undermined the U.S. position as a world technology leader, capable of creating innovative products and solutions. In 2009, Intel and Newsweek conducted a poll which showed: only a third of Americans believe in the fact that their nation will remain a technological leader in the race for the next 30 years.

Realizing that the situation must somehow be corrected, the largest U.S. IT-companies, including Intel, Cisco, HP, Dell and others, have launched a joint initiative. It is the declared goal - help the U.S. economy. Assistance will be implemented in two ways - the largest producers are investing in local developers $ 3.5 billion, and in parallel - will increase the range of computer and engineering specialists in your home state. Last is especially touching when over the last year of massive cuts of various IT-staff. Now, when economic growth resumed, companies still need to hire additional staff - so why not do so under the banner of the native country?

With investments in development is not so simple. Long been known that the abundance of various software and all sorts of technological "tricks perfectly (albeit indirectly) stimulates the sale of computer equipment. And that money will get it and the only American designers, will appease the trade unions themselves (yes, in the States and the trade unions have programming). After all, these unions have long felt indignant over the fact that the lion's share of allocated money spent on the development of Indian, Chinese, Irish and partly even Belarusian outsourcers.

However, turn to the details. The instigator of the initiative made by the corporation Intel - it was she who suggested that a group of companies Invest in America Alliance. The proposal was voiced by the president himself, and Intel CEO Paul Otellini during his speech, held at the headquarters of the nonprofit organization The Brookings Institution in Washington. Quote: "Business is able to provide support and to assist her, despite the achievements of the State in this direction, or lack thereof."

Soon after the document was adopted in which, inter alia, said: "The ultimate objective of Invest in America Alliance is to strengthen U.S. competitiveness in the international arena through the development of promising sectors of the economy and employment generation." Financing, by the way, will go through a global investment fund Intel Capital.

Act this industrial alliance will be on the two programs. The first program is scheduled to invest over the next two years, a total of $ 3.5 billion in hi-tech companies located in the United States. Investments will have small and medium-promising firms that deal with information technology, biotechnology, "smart" energy and renewable energy. This list is not accidental: alliance members believe that these areas should be considered as key areas of the U.S. economy. So if vigorously develop them now, they certainly play an important role on the world market in the near future.

It is expected that in the first program, except for proper Intel Capital to take part more than two dozen investment funds. And the program will create new jobs in such segments as molecular diagnostics, bioinformatics and others. That is, will create a cadre reserve for the future.

The second program - strictly personnel. In her part of the leading IT-companies, which entered the community of Invest in America Alliance, committed themselves to increase in 2010, recruitment of new staff. Some of them have promised to increase employment immediately doubled. This preference will be given to graduates of educational institutions - that is, it comes to providing first job.

In total, over 2010 members of the alliance should be made to work about 10,5 thousand graduates, mostly in engineering and computer skills. But not only - will also be recruited specialists in such areas as financial analysis, marketing, consulting, sales, etc. Results for this initiative have already joined 17 companies, including Accenture, Adobe Systems, Autodesk, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Dell, eBay, EMC, General Electric, Google, HP, Marvell Semiconductor, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Commenting on the initiative of the personnel, the head of personnel Intel Richard Taylor said: "The graduates are among the people, for whom the crisis has had the greatest impact. Give them jobs today - the best way to provide innovative development of our economy."

However, until the formation of neither the first nor the second program to be completed. It is expected that in the coming months to a group of Invest in America Alliance will join the new investment funds and technology companies.

By the way, this is not the first such program. Early last year, Intel announced that it intends for several years to invest in updating its infrastructure in the United States, a total of $ 7 billion as a result of such large-scale modernization should appear about 7 thousand permanent jobs and more than 4,000 temporary jobs for construction workers and technicians. However, the statement Intel has been more political.

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