EDS Australia's predicted expansion in Adelaide offers possible employment for resellers struggling to make a dollar in their own businesses.
EDS this month announced that Adelaide will become the headquarters for a network of software engineering centres it is establishing throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
The decision was made following the strong performance of the EDS Asia Pacific Solution Centre, also located in Adelaide, which has helped the company win a string of contracts in Australia and offshore.
Established two years ago, the centre employs 125 people -- of which only 10 per cent are recent graduates -- with the majority of its staff coming from the local IT industry. The centre is expected to increase its staff to 300 during the next 18 months.
EDS director, technology and engineering for Asia Pacific, Larry Miller said the centre would certainly look at employing individuals with the right skills from a reseller background.
"We have hired a number of people locally that would come from the smaller type of organisations," he said.
"We do hire a number of people with experience. They bring in a mixture of experiences from various companies we want to take advantage of. One that comes to mind is knowledge of industries we support.
"We're interested in growing our business with government in the applications area. There's a lot of knowledge needed of government agencies -- how they work, what their objectives are. That's not just technical knowledge but business knowledge.
"We are not primarily targeted to recruit from academic environments. That's just one avenue we're pursuing.
"We've hired a lot of independent contractors. Most of the people we've hired have come from smaller businesses.
"The reality is that we still have a lot of business in mainframe oriented applications.
"But growth is probably going to be more in applications based on the client-server model with GUI interfaces and in the Internet and e-commerce applications."
EDS, which has a nine-year contract to provide information technology services to the South Australian Government, is using the state as a base to develop the resources it needs to expand its operations in the Asia-Pacific.
The outsourcer has established two additional Solution Centres, one in Chennai, India, and the other in the Philippines.