EDS has started delivering on its promise to provide the government with industry development initiatives after scoring a lucrative outsourcing contract with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) nearly two years ago.
The services giant was awarded the outsourcing contract worth around $400 million over five years on the basis of its proposal and, to a large degree, how much it could invest in the local IT industry, says Kim Teh, EDS economic development manager.
EDS espoused a number of initiatives to secure the contract, and the industry is just starting to reap the benefits of the government's scheme to use private enterprise to promote the IT economy.
As a result, EDS has announced the selection of seven IT professionals to complete a Graduate Certificate of Management (equivalent to an MBA) at the Australian National University (ANU).
The scholarships, worth around $20,000 each, will cover the cost of airfares, tuition, accommodation and other incidental expenses, says Teh. EDS will commit $700,000 over the next four years to the scholarship program.
The initiative is designed to generate export opportunities for Australian small-to-medium IT companies throughout the Asia-Pacific region, claims Teh. Over the course of their scholarship, students will have the opportunity to network with EDS' Global Partner Solutions export program with Asia and the US.
The students were selected by representatives from EDS, ANU and the Federal Government on a number of criteria including commitment to the industry, experience and the company they work for. Successful candidates were: Hean Groom from Protech Australasia, Mark Davis from Perks Business Technology, Ian Overton from Mapping & Beyond, Paul Gager and Paul Farrell from National Geographic Information Systems, Murray Rankin from The Distillery and Val Pope of Concord Australia, The students will study corporate strategy, various level of management and an additional module of their choice.