Many large information and technology (IT) firms worldwide are planning to join the Vietnamese market by teaming up with domestic software companies.

By the end of June, France’s Dassault Systèmes, a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and Vietnam’s IT giant FPT inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to deliver technological solutions on telecommunications and banking services.

Accordingly, FPT will become Dassault Systèmes ’ leading partner in Vietnam in the provision of business services.

Thanks to this partnership, the two sides will also set up a modern technological centre in the telecoms sector. The centre will provide services for Vietnam first and other countries in Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific later.

HP Group of the US has put into operation a software centre in Ho Chi Minh City with a total investment capital of 18 billion USD.

Other foreign firms are also conducting surveys and seeking partners in Vietnam . Steinar Evensen, Managing General Director of Conexus, a software developer and product licence seller in Norway , said his company is prepared to implement its business plan and aims to turn Vietnam into a gateway to Asia .

If ten years ago Vietnam was absent from the world IT map, the country is now seen as a market holding significant potential by world IT powers such as Japan, the Republic of Korea and India.

In 2010, the IT sector earned about 2 billion USD in revenues, a 40-fold increase against 2001, of which the software sector made up 50 percent./.