IT, consulting, and business process outsourcing company, Cognizant, aims to increase its collaboration with Australian partners and customers at its proposed ‘Digital Works Collaboratory’ collaboration centre in Melbourne.
The proposed collaboration centre, which is expected to be operational by early next year, is aimed at providing a dedicated space for open collaboration between Cognizant and other stakeholders, including partners, to design, prototype, and build new digital solutions.
The space, which will measure around 300 square metres, is expected showcase new technology, provide a fabrication space for prototyping, and feature a range of collaboration tools. Cognizant also has plans to use the space to support the development of technology for mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT).
While the company has not revealed how much it plans to spend on the new centre, Congnizant A/NZ head, John Burgin, indicated that much of the local investment will go into new staff members.
“The investment is mainly in talent, including designers, strategists, technologists, data scientists and human sciences specialists, who will design, prototype and iterate next-generation digital solutions and help clients reimagine their businesses,” Burgin said.
The move comes a decade after the Cognizant first established a presence in Melbourne, with the city housing the US-based company’s Australian headquarters.
Unsurprisingly, Victoria’s Minister for Small Business, Innovation, and Trade, Philip Dalidakis, is pleased with the decision to locate the proposed centre in Melbourne.
“We welcome the company’s decision to locate their new Australia New Zealand HQ and state-of-the-art Collaboratory in Melbourne,” Dalidakis said. “This is a huge vote of confidence in Victoria as a magnet for tech and business investment, as well as a big boost for high-skill jobs in our booming tech sector.”
With its proposed centre, Cognizant is following in the footsteps of dozens of other global technology companies that have established similar spaces for training, collaboration, and innovation in the local market.
In February, networking giant Cisco, along with an ecosystem of partners, launched its Innovation Central centre, based at Sydney’s Australian Technology Park.
Likewise, in late 2015, Motorola Solutions opened its Australian innovation centre in Melbourne, with the company using the space for collaborating with technology partners to solve public safety sector and heavy industries challenges.