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Melbourne, Australia - 04 Dec 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the opening of its new IT Services Centre at the University of Ballarat Technology Park. Formally opened by the attendance of Victorian Premier, John Brumby and supported by IBM Australia, the Victorian Government, the University of Ballarat and the City of Ballarat, this $10.8 million investment will add 300 jobs to the Ballarat area.
The new building will join IBM’s existing delivery centre, already employing 800 people, as a new delivery hub for IBM’s Global Technology Services (GTS) business. The state-of-the-art facility will provide IBM clients with innovative ICT services, including Remote Technical Support, eSecurity, Business Processing, ICT support and consulting for IBM’s global operations, servicing clients across Australia, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the US.
The new centre will build on IBM’s long standing investment in Ballarat and the Victorian economy, which aims to provide opportunities for IT professionals in the area, and continues to develop the specialist skills sought by IBM’s clients.
By focusing on regional Victoria, and partnering with the University, IBM will also continue to create educational and employment opportunities for young IT professionals among the local Ballarat population. For nine years IBM Australia has participated in the University’s Bachelor of Information Technology course, by offering second year students an ‘Earn As You Learn’ placement at IBM, providing students with valuable experience working in the IT industry as part of their studies.
“The opening of this new facility is an exciting evolution of our investment in Victoria and Ballarat, and presents a great opportunity for our clients to take advantage of our growing services capability in Australia,” said Peter Campbell, General Manager, IBM Global Technology Services, IBM Australia and New Zealand. “It also builds on our commitment to keep cultivating interest and skills in the IT industry which are so important to Australia’s economy and prosperity.”
Premier of Victoria John Brumby said the new IBM headquarters would further establish Victoria as a world-class information and computer technology hub.
“The Victorian Government is proud to have provided $5 million from our successful Regional Infrastructure Development Fund to support this exciting project,” Mr Brumby said.
“IBM’s Ballarat will deliver a major boost to the local economy and drive growth and innovation across the region, helping to lock-in Ballarat’s future prosperity.
“The new IBM headquarters will ensure Ballarat is well-equipped to continue building on its strengths, offering investors the right mix of skills, infrastructure and local innovation.”
Professor David Battersby, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said the University was delighted that IBM was expanding it operations in Ballarat, and this reflected positively on the business alliance with the University over the past 15 years.
“IBM’s presence has established the University of Ballarat Technology Park as the pre-eminent technology park in regional Australia,” Professor Battersby said.
“IBM’s commitment to Ballarat is a reflection of a major enterprise that has been truly satisfied with the benefits that the University, the City and this region have provided,” he said.
“IBM has provided industry experience and employment for our students and graduates, and I have no doubt that we will see further major developments between the University and IBM into the future.”
The opening will take place at 11.30 am today at the new IBM IT Services Centre, University Drive, Mount Helen.
For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.
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