Software companies are getting hurt by the economic downturn, with outsourcing orders drying up rapidly.
Ngo Vi Dong, general director of IT and communication service provider HPT, said many Japanese clients have delayed or canceled contracts since they cannot afford or do not need to outsource work at the moment.
Nguyen Duc Quynh, deputy general director of FPT Software, said his company has felt the pain caused by the global recession since mid-2008 when customers began to cut the size of deals or canceled them.
The situation could be even worse this year, he said.
Chu Tien Dung, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Computer Association (HCA), said many outsourcing companies are, in fact, on the verge of bankruptcy.
The main outsourcing markets were Japan, North America and the European Union, the HCA had said at a seminar late last year.
Le Quang Thanh, director of the HCMC branch of CMS, said the government should place orders for software and hardware from domestic firms to give them a boost.
Nguyen Van Hien, general director of iNet Solution, said the government should help software firms promote outsourcing products in foreign markets.
The HCA plans to organize a meeting with software companies next month to discuss measures to support the sector.
According to the Vietnam National Institute of Software and Digital Content Industry, outsourcing revenues increased from around US$20 million in 2002 to $180 million in 2007.
It added that Vietnam has around 150 companies engaged in outsourcing work, each employing 100-150 programmers on average
HA NOI – Microsoft Viet Nam will develop IT solutions for the operations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoF), as well as to help ensure compliance with the Law on Intellectual Property and Viet Nam’s international commitments on copyright and software licensing, under a memorandum of understanding signed yesterday with the ministry’s Information and Communication Centre.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of the importance of applying information technology to the ministry’s business operations,” said centre director Ngo Duc Thang.
“Directive No870 from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Gia Khiem, on promoting application and development of information technology in the field of foreign affairs, clearly states that the enhancement of the quality and efficiency of foreign affairs is required in the process of proactive and positive international integration.”
Pursuant to the MoU, Microsoft Viet Nam will survey the ministry’s IT situation in order to provide consultation on designing and implementing a Standard IT Frame Architecture and an IT development roadmap through 2015. Microsoft Viet Nam will provide financial support to the ministry for the survey, consultancy, and design fees. It will also provide training to the ministry’s specialised IT staff.
To ensure the ministry’s compliance with intellectual property laws and international commitments, Microsoft Viet Nam will also provide licences to the ministry for all Microsoft software currently in use by the ministry.
Microsoft Viet Nam country manager Christophe Desriac said, “I highly appreciate the goodwill of the Information Centre in being in compliance with the Law on Intellectual Property and software copyright.” – VNS
HA NOI – Strong effort put into studying and working would open a bright future for poor and disadvantaged children, President Nguyen Minh Triet said yesterday on the occasion of the International Children’s Day and the Action Month for Children.
In a meeting with 50 disadvantaged children who had achieved academic excellence, Triet stressed that their promising future was the result of their determination and will, and society’s support.
The President praised the children on their persistence and hard work and expressed his hope that they would overcome difficulties, continue studying well and do good jobs in the future.
The disadvantaged children had a right to be proud of their study achievements, which were considered contributions to society and construction of the country. The contributions were very meaningful, Triet said proudly.
He promised that the Party, State, community and enterprises would continue to care for children, particularly disadvantaged youth.
On this occasion, Triet thanked individuals and social organisations for joining hands with the Party and State in hunger alleviation and poverty reduction, and caring for the families of invalids and disadvantaged children.
According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, there are currently 24 million children in the country, including 1.6 million disadvantaged and 1.2 million disabled children.