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Monday, 24 August 2009 10:35

HP opens services centre in Christchurch 'technology hub'

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HP has opened a services centre in Christchurch, which it says is increasingly becoming New Zealand’s technology hub with a technology education sector and highly-skilled labour market.

According to HP, its new services centre - part of its applications services Best Shore delivery network - will help the company’s clients cost-effectively develop and manage their applications to achieve their business goals, while leveraging the benefit of global delivery and reducing associated risk.

HP’s, vice president, applications services – Asia Pacific and Japan, Eric Clark, said today the proximity and the experience of the new centre to Asia Pacific organisations will help “reduce the risk and cost of completely offshoring work as part of their business strategy.

“HP is a market leader in applications services and regional clients working with the Christchurch centre will benefit from similarities in time zones and language.”

HP says its Best Shore network focuses on providing the skills and expertise clients need from locations around the world, using consistent business and technical processes.

And, according to HP, Christchurch is increasingly becoming a technology hub with a quality technology education sector and highly-skilled labour market. With the new centre recruiting now, HP says it is expected to create a significant number of new jobs in Christchurch.

The Canterbury Development Corporation’s CEO, Bill Luff, says the corporation is wholly supportive of the HP initiative and is confident of numerous flow-on benefits for the local economy.

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“We need to retain the talent coming out of our educational institutions. To achieve this, it is critical that we have enough work to keep them here, and this centre provides one such opportunity. The potential impact of a centre like this on the local economy is very significant.”

HP says its Christchurch centre offers applications development and management services focused on Java/J2EE, Microsoft .Net, testing and legacy systems, and the company says it continues to invest heavily in developing these skills locally and that plans are currently underway to enhance the centre’s SAP and Oracle capabilities.

According to HP’s Eric Clark, the HP Christchurch centre is part of a broader plan to expand the company’s applications services in New Zealand, and he says HP is also in the process of establishing a specialist government applications centre in Wellington to work closely with its public sector clients, particularly in the areas of transformation and modernisation.

Clark says the Christchurch centre joins HP delivery centres across China, India, Philippines, Egypt, Poland, Slovakia, Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica.

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