DXC Technology has revealed plans to open two digital transformation centres in Canberra and Melbourne to offer end-to-end digital services to local customers.
The company said its goal was to show customers a new approach to reskill their workforce and to deliver solutions for digital transformation for its large enterprise clients. Customers will have access to advisory services from the centres, as well as help with design and development for new solutions.
Both centres will be co-located within and partner with local universities. The Canberra centre will partner with the Australian National University, focusing on education, research and innovation.
The Canberra centre will also partner with co-location provider Canberra Data Centres, Microsoft, predictive analytics provider Tandem.ai, and Indigenous project resourcing firm Gulanga.
Assistant minister for digital transformation Angus Taylor said the centres would support the federal government's digital transformation agenda.
“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,” he said.
As for Melbourne, DXC will partner with Swinburne University of Technology, giving students opportunities to join researchers on projects through their degrees.
“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,” said deputy vice-chancellor (research and development), Professor Aleksander Subic.
The Canberra centre, in particular, is a boost in confidence for DXC's local government ambitions. Earlier this month, DXC sold off its US government business, with global chief executive Mike Lawrie saying the market was more appropriate for "an end-to-end, vertically focused company".
The centres are expected to open early next year.
Lawrie said: “The DXC Digital Transformation Centres will aim to advance digital innovation and deliver economic and social impact outcomes to Australia. This unique offering in the Australian market draws on collaborative minds and home-grown partnerships across industry, academia, community and government, and fosters a new culture of innovation in a digital world.”