US-based Attachmate Group and Chinese ICT firm VanceInfo have set their sights on Victoria as the ideal place to expand and open up new headquarters. Combined, the two companies will create 140 new jobs for Australians.
The company's vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific, Boris Ivancic, said that the Asia-Pacific region is a huge growth area for the Attachmate Group.
"Victoria is a great place to do business with many international technology companies situated here, and being in Victoria will enable us to better respond to and service our customers in Australia and New Zealand," he said.
The office was officially opened in South Yarra by the Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips yesterday, and will result in an additional 40 jobs being created.
"Securing the Attachmate Group's Asia-Pacific headquarters in Melbourne further cements Victoria's reputation as a globally competitive ICT hub," he said.
"This is a globally important technology company that has, individually, revolutionised [ICT] in areas such as operations management, open source, end-user computing and collaboration and cloud computing," he said.
The Attachmate Group, which consists of Attachmate, NetIQ, Novell and SUSE, hasn't been getting along as well with the Department of Defence and the Commonwealth Government in recent times, with Defence and Attachmate currently in court over software-licence issues. Defence has allegedly been using tens of thousands of copies of Attachmate's software without the required licences.
But it isn't a matter that the Victorian state government is getting involved in; Rich-Phillips stated that the Attachmate Group is one example of an ICT business that it would support and promote under its $85 million "Technology Plan for the Future".
"Our government is investing in the ICT sector to ensure that the right conditions exist in Victoria to support the growth of ICT businesses and boost Victoria's digital economy," he said.
Rich-Phillips also welcomed today's news that Chinese ICT company VanceInfo Technologies would also be making Melbourne its Australian and New Zealand headquarters, and has pledged to create 100 jobs by the end of next year.
The company, a US-listed outsourcing company that has links to China, Japan, North America and Europe, already has 40 staff in its Melbourne offices.
"Victoria is an excellent location to set up VanceInfo's Australian headquarters, with access to talented resources to support business growth, good infrastructure and support from the Victorian Government," VanceInfo president David Chen said.
Rich-Phillips recognised the relationship between China and Australia's ICT industry.
"China is our number-one trading partner, and the Victorian Coalition Government is committed to building strong relationships with China around ICT. Our state has much to offer China, particularly in the development and application of ICT technologies to assist China's growth," he said.