The Irish Management Institute (IMI) and Microsoft Ireland have announced plans to set up a 2 million national productivity centre at the IMI campus in Sandyford Co. Dublin. Officially launched by the minister for finance, Brian Cowen, on 29 Nov, the project aims to help private companies and public sector organizations become more productive by offering demonstrations of new and emerging technologies, as well as specific IT and management skills training. The new centre should be ready to open in the middle of 2007. The announcement of the plans coincides with Microsofts worldwide launch of Microsoft Vista, Office System and Exchange 2007 software packages for business users.