14 February 2013

IBM launches its first delivery centre in New Zealand

- Center based at Unitec Institute of Technology’s Mount Albert campus
- Employ up to 400 people within the next two years 
- Deliver application development & management services for Westpac 

Auckland - 14 February 2013 - Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key today formally opened IBM’s first Delivery Centre in New Zealand at Unitec Institute of Technology. IBM anticipates that the Delivery Centre, based at Unitec’s Mount Albert campus, will employ up to 400 people within the next two years including full-time and part-time professionals, as well as Unitec graduates and current students. 

The Delivery Centre will prepare students to work in the digital economy and provide businesses with access to new skills in mobile and analytics, and advanced technology. IBM's investment in the Unitec collaboration will also enable annual scholarship programmes and jointly developed guest lectures, mentoring, internship and graduate hire programmes. 

The partnership will be based on IBM’s successful model at the Ballarat Delivery Centre in Australia. The Centre was established in 2005 and continues to create employment and economic benefits in Victoria. 

The new Delivery Centre in New Zealand is part of IBM’s global network of more than 50 centres and will leverage IBM’s global expertise in delivering innovative business process outsourcing and services to clients locally and internationally. 

IBM is partnering with Westpac to deliver application development and management services including data management, JAVA development and business process modelling. 

The team, comprised of post-graduate and under-graduate computer science students and supervised by experienced IBM developers and managers, will be located in a secure facility at Unitec. The five year contract represents additional IT capability for Westpac in New Zealand. 

A central feature of the IBM - Unitec collaboration is extended industry based ‘Earn As You Learn’ placements which provide valuable experience for students studying IT, business management and communications degrees. 

Rick Ede, Unitec’s Chief Executive, says "This initiative is an excellent example of collaboration between business and tertiary education and will make a positive contribution to the economic prosperity of our country.” 

"Unitec students can now look forward to the opportunity of working with IBM, one of the world's leading business solutions companies, and other premier brands before they graduate. Companies like Westpac will benefit from access to a highly skilled and motivated workforce, and the broader NZ business community will ultimately benefit by being able to access job-ready graduates." 

Jennifer Moxon, Managing Director, IBM New Zealand, says “This investment adds to IBM’s long history of collaborating with the tertiary sector to develop graduates with the right skills to work in today’s services oriented economy. I am delighted that Westpac, a longstanding client, will be the first to experience the business benefits of the Delivery Centre at Unitec, while contributing to building new skills for New Zealand.” 

Source: IBM