IBM to build software centre of excellence in Ballarat

Summary:The planned IBM Asia-Pacific Centre of Excellence for Software Testing in Ballarat is tipped to bring 150 new jobs into Victoria.

IBM will be expanding its presence at the University of Ballarat Technology Park in Victoria with a new software testing facility.

The vendor's planned Asia-Pacific Centre of Excellence for Software Testing in Ballarat is tipped to bring 150 new jobs into the region. Jobs range from software applications development personnel to technical support specialists.

This is also part of the University of Ballarat's plans to expand the Technology Park as a whole, with AU$2.9 million worth of funding from the Victorian government.

IBM is already an anchor tenant at the Technology Park, occupying three buildings. The vendor has been operating out of Ballarat since 1994. The new centre will become part of the existing IBM's Ballarat services delivery centre.

The Coalition government said that it worked with the University of Ballarat and IBM to ensure that the investment into the Technology Park would come to fruition.

"The creation of up to 150 new, highly skilled technology jobs is a major coup for Ballarat," Victoria's Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips said in a statement. "This is a strategically important investment for the Ballarat region."

IBM said it is keen to flesh out its existing services delivery centre at the Technology Park.

"An advanced, high-value services economy is key to ensuring Australia's future prosperity, and this Centre of Excellence will be central to our ability to drive further service innovations," IBM Australia managing director Andrew Stevens said in a statement.

The University of Ballarat Technology Park currently houses around 1,500 employees.

Topics: IBM, Australia


Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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