Northern Illinois University and IBM Create Knowledge Center.
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DEKALB, Ill. &SOMERS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--February 3, 2000
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) Donates S/390 to Help Meet Growing Demand for IT Skills
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NIU National I-Lan University ) and IBM today announced the donation of an IBM S/390 server to the Department of Computer Science at NIU. The server will be used to educate students in Internet and data center technologies and will serve as a Knowledge Center for S/390 coursework coursework
work done by a student and assessed as part of an educational course
Noun 1. coursework - work assigned to and done by a student during a course of study; usually it is evaluated as part of the student's , accessible to faculty at more than 30 other institutions 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. and abroad.
NIU students will have access to the new S/390 Multiprise 3000 server and related software for classes and laboratory exercises, and NIU faculty will gain a high-powered education research tool. The computer will also serve as a repository (1) A database of information about applications software that includes author, data elements, inputs, processes, outputs and interrelationships. A repository is used in a CASE or application development system in order to identify objects and business rules for reuse. of large-systems coursework
-- including course outlines, teaching materials and exams -- to assist educators at other universities in curriculum development. Faculty at such institutions as the University of Hawaii (body, education) University of Hawaii - A University spread over 10 campuses on 4 islands throughout the state.
See also Aloha, Aloha Net. at Manoa, Texas Tech and Rutgers University Rutgers University, main campus at New Brunswick, N.J.; land-grant and state supported; coeducational except for Douglass College; chartered 1766 as Queen's College, opened 1771. Campuses and Facilities
Rutgers maintains three campuses. will have access to the Knowledge Center via a wide area network.
IBM's ongoing effort with NIU and other institutions is designed to increase opportunities for training and education in large system skills. As part of the effort, IBM has established university programs for college students, fostering partnerships between universities and local businesses willing to provide students with real-world experience in using IBM S/390 servers.
With more than 1,000 students, NIU's Department of Computer Science is one of the nation's leading programs, graduating more students with S/390 platform programming skills than any other university in the country. The program's emphasis has created a cadre (company) CADRE - The US software engineering vendor which merged with Bachman Information Systems to form Cayenne Software in July 1996. of large-systems professionals, skilled in leveraging the S/390 platform's e-business strengths.
A real challenge facing businesses today is not only developing Web sites, but also developing and incorporating the technologies that link corporate data centers and networks to the Web and to customers and business partners. These skills are indispensable in the age of the Internet and e-business.
&uot;Companies come from across the country to recruit our
graduates because we focus on teaching real-world, practical
business skills,&uot; said Rodney Angotti, NIU Department of
Computer Science chair. &uot;In today's e-commerce world this
means producing graduates with the ability to handle large
systems like S/390 enterprise servers.&uot;
As part of IBM's university programs, NIU partners with over 150 companies in the region to give students on-the-job experience. The dominance and increasing importance of e-commerce for partner companies such as United Airlines and Nicor has shown the necessity of IT professionals trained in the S/390 platform.
&uot;Northern Illinois University has created a successful
program that is focused on the needs of the current
e-business environment,&uot; said Brenda Zawatski, director of
IBM Enterprise Server Marketing. &uot;Companies are using the
S/390 platform to run entire businesses -- from hosting Web
sites to complex business-to-business integration -- and
they need skilled professionals to implement their
strategies and maintain their competitive edge.&uot;
IBM S/390 servers support the world's most successful businesses and organizations by providing industry-leading levels of scalability, availability and security for large-scale enterprise computing Refers to information technology in the larger company. See enterprise data and enterprise networking. needs. The S/390 platform is a leader in running multiple, diverse, mission-critical workloads and applications, including e-business, financial and administrative, business intelligence and enterprise resource planning See ERP.
(application, business) Enterprise Resource Planning - (ERP) Any software system designed to support and automate the business processes of medium and large businesses. .
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