Accenture to launch a technology hub in Adelaide

29 September 2020 3 min. read
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Accenture is collaborating with the South Australian government to launch an aerospace and defence focused technology hub in Adelaide, in a move that is expected to create 2,000 jobs over the next half a decade.

The new tech hub will act as a base for significant investments into national security operations, aerospace and cyber defence. At the same time, the hub will be home to Advanced Technology Centres of Excellence, driving innovation in areas such as Oracle, SAP, Splunk and Salesforce, among others.

Accenture has become a trusted partner for Australia’s defence sector in recent years, and the latest move signals a push to cement this position. The new hub will build on some of the professional services firm’s existing capabilities, and further expand a prolific network of innovation centres.

“The Accenture Adelaide hub will collaborate with Accenture hubs in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. These locations are connected to more than 100 Accenture innovation hubs and centres around the globe, bringing the best of Accenture’s capabilities, in advanced technologies, intelligent operations and cyber security to clients in Australia,” said Bob Easton, Chairman of Accenture Australia & New Zealand.

Accenture to launch a technology hub in Adelaide

Australia has been among Accenture’s markets in focus in recent years, evidenced by a string of acquisitions that have boosted its digital offerings. Digital tools such as Oracle and Salesforce have been part of this strategy, while military grade cyber security capabilities have also been on boarded. The Adelaide hub will act as an epicentre for this multifaceted offering.

Boosting the local economy

According to South Australia Premier Steven Marshall, the launch is tremendous news for South Australia and Adelaide in particular. Accenture’s investments in the new hub might generate up to $1 billion for the state according to Marshall, in addition to attracting exciting talent.

“Accenture’s Adelaide hub will serve as a magnet for talented young people who will help drive our state’s economic growth and bolster our defence, space and cyber sectors,” said Marshall. The hiring process has already begun with advertisements for engineering and support positions at the hub, and reports suggest that up to 2,000 new positions could emerge as a result of the investment.

“Accenture is committed to serve as a key member of the local community, investing and working together with other businesses and educational institutions to assist the South Australian government in meeting its economic growth targets,” said Easton. The investment and hiring drive is being juxtaposed with Accenture’s recent move to cut up to 250 jobs in Australia as part of a global drive to scale back on costs.

The cuts are being made in the lowest performing areas of the business, and reports suggest that Accenture is focusing its efforts on high potential business segments. For South Australia, this means a significant economic boost. “This is a jobs bonanza for South Australia at a time when we need it most,” said Marshall.