Freeborders Inc. and Expedia have agreed to create a technology development center for Expedia in China. (10/19/2007)
This relationship will enable Expedia to enhance its core platforms and services and increase its technical agility as the company continues to expand its global footprint.
With this partnership, Freeborders and Expedia are working together to build a global delivery team that could expand the Freeborders´ organisation by more than 400 China-based IT professionals over approximately four years. Freeborders is a provider of information technology solutions developed in China and delivered to global clients based in North America.
"As we carry out our competitive strategy for global growth, Expedia selected Freeborders because of the organisation´s expertise leveraging China´s infrastructure and vast talent pool," said Pierre Samec, Chief Technology Officer, Expedia. "The expansion of global development resources speeds our delivery of products and services and provides flexible staffing that rapidly adapts to our needs.
In addition, our early position in China gives us immediate access to the top talent in the region."
This multi-year contract marks the largest application development and maintenance (ADM) transaction being led and delivered by IT professionals and infrastructure based in China, according to Freeborders leader Jean Cholka. Deal terms were not disclosed.
"We´ve focused exclusively on developing people and facilities located in China because we see technical and operational advantages not available in other global venues," said Cholka, CEO for the San Francisco-based IT service provider. "Our partnership will expand the technology resources available to Expedia, helping the company deliver 24/7 IT solutions with shorter development windows for global projects."