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BISMARCK, N.D. â€“ Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined officials from Microsoft and Hitachi Consulting to announce a Fargo-based business venture between the technology companies that will create new North Dakota jobs and business opportunities.
â€śThis Fargo-based venture will create new jobs and great opportunities for business growth in North Dakota,â€ť Dalrymple said. The decision by Microsoft and Hitachi Consulting to expand their business relationship in Fargo is a testament to North Dakotaâ€™s strong business climate and our quality workforce.â€ť
From Microsoftâ€™s Fargo campus, Hitachi Consulting employees will supplement Microsoft Business Solutionsâ€™ Information Technology (IT) team. Under the agreement, Hitachi Consulting will establish a technical development center that will provide sourcing, program management, program development and testing for Microsoft Business Solutionsâ€™ IT organization.
Mike Gillis, senior vice president of Hitachi Consultingâ€™s Microsoft Dynamics practice, credited North Dakotaâ€™s business-friendly environment and educated workforce for playing a key role in the decision to establish a Fargo-based development center.
In the near term, Hitachi Consulting employees will work with Microsoftâ€™s IT team from Microsoftâ€™s Fargo campus. Long-term plans are for Hitachi Consultingâ€™s Fargo-based team to move into their own location to further develop their business by servicing other world-wide customers.
â€śWe appreciate the commitment that Microsoft and Hitachi Consulting have made to Fargo and North Dakota,â€ť Dalrymple said. â€ś In return, Microsoft and Hitachi Consulting will benefit from a growing economy, low taxes, a pro-business climate, the most responsive state government anywhere a quality workforce that is second to none.â€ť