Montreal-based Netcommunications, Inc., an Internet and Web development firm, has opened an office in Atlanta to assist local companies having difficulty hiring qualified computer programmers, especially those with a proficiency in the Java language.

“We want to help Atlanta companies continue to grow, not to take their customers away,” Luc Beland, the company’s president, told GlobalFax last week in a telephone interview.

The company, which has 35 programmers and its own research center, also has an office in Toronto. The Atlanta office is its first in the U.S.

Mr. Beland said that he first began thinking about opening the office here while attending the Georgia Technology Forum held at the Cobb Galleria in October.

He underlined the preference of outsourcing the programming work to Quebec because of a shortage of qualified personnel in Atlanta’s fast growing economy. He also stressed the advantages of collaborating with a firm operating in the same time zone and with the same business culture.

To learn more about Netcommunications, call Dharmesh Shah at (770) 652-9909 or go to www.netc.net