As part of a global initiative to lower costs while increasing R&D output, software company Citrix has launched a dedicated research facility based at its Asia-Pacific headquarters in North Ryde, Sydney.
Martin Duursma, vice president and general manager of the Advanced Products Group, will head the new centre, and he's confident that the local investment will pay healthy dividends. "Local input has led to the development of global product releases," he said, citing Citrix products such as Secure Gateway and various MetaFrame components like SpeedScreen 3.
The centre will be made up of 30 product engineers, who will work on both software development for MetaFrame as well as other software projects for the various Citrix Business Units.
Apart from the high quality of local engineers, Citrix also sees Australia as a financially attractive environment when compared to the US. A similar centre established in the US would cost at least 30 per cent more than one in Australia. Duursma also believes that Australia is globally unique when it comes to what it can offer organisations like Citrix. "As a nation, Australia has all the pieces in place," he said. "Language, culture, drive, education and high technology adoption rates which result in the ability to act as a global technology development centre for a wide range of overseas companies."