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IBM Global Services Division and Mastech create Year 2000 solution partnership.



PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 5, 1997--

Mastech To Join Elite Corps of Global Business Solution Partners

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:MAST) announced today that it has become an IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries)  Year 2000 Global Services Partner.

The relationship means that Mastech will be among a very small group of software services firms to provide mission critical century date change services for IBM customers. Mastech's global application development services will be offered through a variety of IBM channels including a network of international competency centers located strategically around the world.

IBM, a leading developer and provider of tools for Year 2000 assessment, conversion and evaluation, has selected Mastech to provide expertise and people to perform the complex task of converting systems for its customers. The combined strength of Mastech's service professionals and IBM's tools and methodologies creates a powerful solution for the Year 2000 challenge facing public and private enterprises around the world.

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, or Year 2000, problem exists because millions of computers will not be able to distinguish between the 20th and the 21st centuries due to programming characteristics in many computer applications. Date dependent data running on tens of thousands of software programs will become corrupted if systems changes aren't made. The Gartner Group (company) Gartner Group - One of the biggest IT industry research firms.

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 estimates that as many as 60 percent - 90 percent of business applications could fail due to invalid date computations.

"Given the magnitude and scope of the Year 2000 challenge, there simply won't be enough programmers to assist everyone," says IBM's Steve Kagan. Kagan, vice president, Year 2000 Services and U.S. Competency Center, added, "IBM wants to ensure that its customers have effective tools and services at their disposal. We've partnered with Mastech because its talent and global resources help us provide our customers with the very best."

"Basic supply-demand economics will place computer services Data processing (timesharing, batch processing), software development and consulting services. See service bureau, SaaS and ASP.  expertise at a premium over the next three years," says Ashok Trivedi, Mastech's president and co-chairman. "Our professionals are well versed Versed® Midazolam Pharmacology A preoperative sedative  in IBM's tools and methodologies which make the partnership a great fit for both companies. IBM will be able to leverage Mastech's global presence."

The company's software facilities in Bangalore India will soon have the capability to employ 1,500 programmers dedicated to Year 2000 work. Mastech's advanced telecommunications and technology infrastructure provides seamless communication and workflow among its operations in the Americas, Europe, Asia and software factories in India.

About Mastech

Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Pittsburgh, Mastech provides information technology services and solutions to large organizations around the world. These services include client-server application development, conversions and migrations, Year 2000 services, maintenance outsourcing, and enterprise-wide package implementation. Mastech provides services on a time and materials labor and materials (time and materials) n. what some builders or repair people contract to provide and be paid for, rather than a fixed price or a percentage of the costs.  and fixed price basis, and offers offshore delivery options. In addition to its offices in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , the company has operations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan and India. For more information on Mastech, visit http://www.mastech.com .

About IBM Global Services IBM Global Services is the world's largest business and technology services provider. It is the fastest growing part of IBM, with over 190,000 professionals serving customers in more than 160 countries.  

IBM Global Services, headquartered in Somers, N.Y., provides information technology solutions that enable enterprises to lead in their marketplaces. With 1996 revenue of $22.9 billion and 115,000 professionals in 163 countries, IBM Global Services is the world's largest and most versatile IT services provider. Its capabilities span a complete range, including business transformation consulting, outsourcing, systems integration, product services, education and training, and global network services. For more information on IBM Global Services, visit http://www.ibm.com/services .

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Mastech Corp.

Maggie Oberst, 412/787-2100, ext. 224

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