DXC Technology has revealed plans to open at least two new Digital Transformation Centres in Australia next year, allowing local customers the ability to apply the latest digital design and innovation in their digital transformation journeys.
The new centres are set to open in the first half of 2018, with the goal of showcasing a new approach for local customers to re-skill workforces and deliver digital solutions by drawing on DXC Technology’s own prowess in the digital transformation space.
The integrator’s first two Aussie Digital Transformation Centres will be based in Canberra and Melbourne, co-located with universities in each respective city.
In Canberra, the centre will partner with the Australian National University (ANU), with a focus on education, research and innovation contributing to Australia’s digital agenda.
The foundation industry partners for the Centre in Canberra include Tandem.ai, Gulanga, Canberra Data Centres (CDC) and Microsoft.
Under the arrangement, Tandem.ai will provide predictive analysis of the social and economic impact of digital change on the Australian workforce and Gulanga will bring capability to resource projects as well as IT employment pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
At the same time, CDC will provide secure and reliable data centre solutions and services, and Microsoft will offer skills, tools and technology.
In Melbourne, the centre is planned to be located at Swinburne University of Technology, which is focused on research-led solutions to the challenges posed by digital transformation across a range of sectors and businesses.
“The DXC Digital Transformation Centre at Swinburne aims to embed both our research and practice based research training, within an industry environment on campus, to find innovative business solutions to complex digital challenges,” Swinburne’s deputy vice-chancellor (research and development), Professor Aleksander Subic, said.
It is anticipated that the university colocation arrangement will allow for collaborative research between industry and academia, and the creation a new talent pool of students who will aim to support the evolving needs of workforces and communities as they prepare for a digital future.
Australia’s Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, said the new centres would support the Federal Government’s digital transformation agenda across the public and private sectors.
“Initiatives such as these support our efforts by driving agility and innovation among Australian businesses, service providers and government agencies, as we become more mobile, connected and reliant on technology than ever before.”
News of the new centres comes roughly five months after the Tasmanian Development Board recommended the delivery of an Industry Assistance Package of up to $1.36 million for a term of five years to DXC Technology to expand its Enterprise Delivery Centre in Hobart.
The Tasmanian jobs boost came just months after CSC, before its rebranding as DXC Technology, was handed a landmark, $394.2 million state-wide end user computing contract from the South Australian Government.
That contract was expected to see the company create 400 new jobs in the state, along with a new $5 million office in Adelaide to make way for increases in its workforce, which is set to rise from 100 to more than 700 by the end of the contract period.
Under the deal, DXC Technology said it would also establish a centre of excellence for end user computing in the state.