Gordon Rich-Phillips announces 120 new high-tech jobs

Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips has announced 120 new high-tech jobs will be created in Victoria, with the expansion of global software company, SAP.

Speaking in Bangalore, where he is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s second India Super Trade Mission, Rich-Phillips said the expansion would include the establishment of SAP’s Mission Control Centre (MCC) in Melbourne.

SAP’s Melbourne MCC will be staffed by up to 20 senior consultants and project directors who will co-ordinate the delivery of services to customers both in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region. More than 100 additional jobs will also be created to meet SAP’s growing Victorian customer base.

“The Melbourne Mission Control Centre will co-ordinate large-scale software rollouts and SAP India will provide software research and development,” Rich-Phillips said.

“This is an exciting development which highlights Victoria’s strengths as a globally connected knowledge economy.

“This partnership is a good example of Victoria and India working together by leveraging India’s software development capability and Victoria’s project management and delivery expertise,” Rich-Phillips said.

The latest audio and video technology based at the Control Centre will be used to ensure SAP’s local teams and their partners in India can work together to deliver a combined software service to customers in the entire Asia-Pacific region.

“Online collaboration across international borders such as this initiative is a key driver of future Victorian and Indian economic growth,” Rich-Phillips said.

Rich-Phillips will also meet with senior executives of SAP Australia and SAP India and will visit the company’s R&D centre in Bangalore to discuss the cutting edge control centre and the ICT industry in Victoria and India.

“We are honoured to welcome Minister Rich-Phillips and the delegates from the Trade Mission to the SAP campus,” the Managing Director of SAP Labs India, Anirban Dey said.

“SAP Labs researches, designs, and delivers leading-edge software applications, taking local requirements from all around the world and integrating them into its global solutions. The team will work closely with the Mission Control Centre in Melbourne as they provide the services that put these solutions into production across the Asia-Pacific region.”

Rich-Phillips said the Coalition Government welcomed future opportunities for collaboration projects with SAP India, the company’s fastest growing subsidiary.

“This collaboration between SAP India and SAP Australia is a testament to the strong relationship we share and the commitment to pioneering excellence in technology that we are renowned for,” Rich-Phillips said.

SAP is the largest enterprise application software company in the world, with locations in more than 75 countries. The SAP Mission Control Centre in Melbourne is scheduled to be fully operational by June 2013.

This announcement is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Super Trade Mission to India, which targets eight cities and includes delegates from more than 150 world-class Victorian organisations.