South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has officially welcomed one of the world’s largest technology and professional services firms to Adelaide, with Accenture launching the ‘Accenture Adelaide Hub’, which is expected to create up to 2000 new jobs over the next five years.
The investment will include the development of National Security Operations and Cyber Defence capabilities, new Advanced Technology Centres of Excellence in areas such as Oracle, SAP, Splunk and Salesforce and Intelligent Operations capabilities to develop and deploy advanced analytics and artificial intelligence.
Premier Steven Marshall said the scale of Accenture's investment in South Australia cannot be underestimated, with over $1 billion expected to be injected into the state’s economy.
“Accenture’s Adelaide Hub will serve as a magnet for talented young people who will help drive our state’s economic growth and bolster our defence, space and cyber sectors,” Premier Marshall said.
“The decision by Accenture to invest here is proof that South Australia is a major drawcard to international companies across high-tech and high-growth sectors.
“Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen precinct is already home to an impressive line-up, including the Australian Space Agency, the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre, MIT Living Lab, the Australian Institute of Machine Learning and the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre.”
Bob Easton, chairman of Accenture Australia and New Zealand, said Adelaide is home to a high-quality labour force, committed business community and a government that embraces new opportunities.
“Accenture is committed to serve as a key member of the local community, investing and working together with other businesses and educational institutions to assist the South Australian government in meeting its economic growth targets,” Easton added.
“The Accenture Adelaide Hub will collaborate with Accenture hubs in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. These locations are connected to more than 100 Accenture innovation hubs and centres around the globe, bringing the best of Accenture’s capabilities, in advanced technologies, intelligent operations and cybersecurity to clients in Australia.”
The seven-hectare redevelopment site aims to drive jobs growth in these fast growing industries as well as blockchain, robotics and related technologies, with around 1,000 people expected to be working at Lot Fourteen by late 2019, with more than 40 businesses, including aerospace, technology and innovation giant Lockheed Martin, recently announcing tenancy in at the site.
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