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Wave Technologies, Hitachi Data Systems Team Up for Windows 2000 Training.

Wave to Deliver Boot Camp, Instructor-Led, Computer-Based, Self-Led and Web-

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ST. LOUIS, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --

Wave Technologies, a Thomson Learning company, today announced it has partnered with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) to provide Windows 2000 MCSE training to HDS network administrators. Under terms of the agreement, Wave, a global leader in courseware development and training for the IT industry, will provide HDS with access to all of its Windows 2000 MCSE training solutions.

"Wave is known for using a unique and effective training methodology that assesses skill levels to provide targeted and relevant training," said Stan Gelber, director of global education at HDS. "This methodology coupled with such a broad range of training options assures that our network professionals will receive first-class Windows 2000 training that satisfies their learning preferences."

Wave's Windows 2000 MCSE solutions include six skill-building instructor- led courses; 54 CBT courses; self-paced training with a multiple media Windows 2000 MCSE Resource Kit; Internet-delivered training that enriches self-paced training with additional online tools and services; and boot camp programs for accelerated training. The company's boot camps prepare students for Windows 2000 MCSE certification with intense hands-on training preceded by weeks of self-study. Students may choose a 15-day boot camp that tracks to the regular MCSE certification track or a 10-day boot camp that tracks to Microsoft's Accelerated Exam upgrade track.

As part of the agreement, Wave has created a customized Internet portal through which HDS professionals worldwide may enroll for training. Wave provides individuals with a targeted training plan that accommodates any skills set and learning preference through a process that begins with student profiling and assessment testing, which are administered through the portal. This process delineates the most effective training method(s) for each individual. Individuals then choose the Windows 2000 training solution or combination of solutions that will work best for them.

"Though HDS is a key Microsoft partner, Wave will deliver a comprehensive and fully integrated Windows 2000 program to all Hitachi staff worldwide," said Susan Wisner, vice president of distribution and development and enterprise training solutions at Wave Technologies. "Wave has proven experience in developing and delivering industry-leading course materials and training that successfully meets individual learning needs, thereby fulfilling a company's training objectives. Our Windows 2000 curriculum is no exception. With the breadth of solutions Wave has to offer for MCSE training and certification, we look forward to preparing all HDS administrators thoroughly and effectively."

About Hitachi Data Systems

Committed to helping customers exploit the value of information technology for success in the Internet economy, Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), is a leading provider of business solutions for the world's most information-intensive corporations. For further information on Hitachi Data Systems, access http://www.hds.com .

About Wave Technologies

Wave Technologies develops, markets and delivers training and instructional products related to sophisticated information technologies. The company provides its products and services through instructor-led courses, seminars, multiple media-published products and over the Internet. Wave markets its services to information management systems professionals, system integrators, value-added resellers and others with systems management responsibilities. Wave's Web site is located at http://www.wavetech.com .

Wave is part of Thomson Learning ( http://www.thomsonlearning.com ), one the world's largest providers of lifelong learning. Thomson Learning serves the needs of individuals, learning institutions and corporations with products and services for both traditional and online learning. Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, with multiple offices worldwide, Thomson Learning is a division of The Thomson Corporation ( http://www.thomson.com ), one of the world's leading electronic information and solutions companies.

Certain forward-looking statements are included in this new release. These statements include such words as "anticipate," "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "plan," and other similar terminology. Statements reflect management's current expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially due to changes in the market acceptance of Wave's integrated program, the speed and success of new direct mail initiatives, global and local business economic conditions, legislation and governmental regulations, competition, Wave's ability to effectively maintain and update its product portfolio, shifts in technology, political or economic instability in local markets, weather-related issues, and currency and exchange rates.

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