Bourne Digital launches SAP user experience design centre in Melbourne

03 April 2019

German enterprise software giant SAP has launched an AppHaus in Melbourne in partnership with local consultancy Bourne Digital.

Melbourne has joined an exclusive international list with the launch of the Bourne Digital Experience Design Centre – a SAP ‘AppHaus’ co-innovation centre where customers can come together with engineers and solution providers to co-design the end-user experience. Of ten present locations worldwide, it’s just the second in the Asia Pacific, and the first in the region to run by a SAP network partner.

Established in Melbourne in 2015, and with an additional outlet in Sydney, user experience (UX) design consultancy Bourne Digital provides a range of services with a focus on agile digital product design and development, serving clients in the financial services, retail, logistics and utilities sectors in areas such as user research, design thinking, prototyping, architecture, testing and validation, and managed services. 

Recently named a SAP Partner Award winner for innovation at the SAP Partner Kickoff  meetings (where Accenture and Deloitte claimed two titles apiece for the Asia Pacific region), Bourne Digital was founded by managing director Selim Ahmed, who previously served as head of mobile and UX solutions for SAP in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to SAP, Ahmed spent 12 years between Deloitte, BearingPoint and PwC, the latter where he was the founding director of the firm’s national digital consulting practice.

Bourne Digital launches SAP user experience design centre in Melbourne

Now Ahmed joins just a handful of others in guiding a partner-operated AppHaus for the German enterprise software giant, which last year clocked global revenues of nearly AU$40 billion. Since unveiling the concept in Heidelberg in 2013, SAP has added four more locations, including the sole previous Asia Pacific outlet in Korea, while another five current AppHaus hubs are run by partners – covering Austria, Spain, the US, and Canada. 

Located at the iconic pre-federation Bennelong Building a short hop from Flinders Street Station, the Bourne Digital Experience Design Centre has already been supporting clients with digital transformations, including Newcrest Mining, with the collaboration using machine learning to produce an app which simplifies maintenance requests for the some 20,000-plus assets of what is one of the largest gold-miners in the world.

“The Bourne Digital Experience Design Centre brings together the right environment and expertise to deliver innovative solutions to real business problems putting the user experience at the heart of the process,” Newcrest’s chief information & digital officer Gavin Wood told ARN. “Human-centred design has already helped us achieve rapid and effective innovation – we are looking forward to seeing where this takes us next.”

“By bringing together business experts, designers, developers, customers, and users in a creative environment like the Bourne Digital Experience Design Centre, there’s no limit to the innovation we can help our customers achieve,” said SAP A/NZ managing director Damien Bueno, with Ahmed adding; “We are really honoured to be the first SAP AppHaus Network member in the Asia Pacific and Japan region and are excited about the growth and innovation this will bring to Melbourne.”

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Deloitte relocates Australian headquarters to Quay Quarter Tower

22 February 2019

Deloitte has confirmed it will be moving into a new headquarters early 2022. The accounting and consulting firm will become the anchor tenant in Sydney’s Quay Quarter Tower. 

With more than 8,000 professionals and 790 partners, Deloitte is one of Australia’s largest professional services firms, and the second largest accountancy and consultancy group in the country. 

Deloitte operates with 14 offices across Australia, with its office at 225 Grosvenor Place, where it inhabits multiple floors, currently serving as its national headquarter. After a spokesperson of the firm last year revealed that the firm was considering options for a new headquarter (the lease at Grosvenor Place runs until 2023), major landlords and real estate advisor jumped on the occasion to promote their locales. 

According to sources close to the matter, main options included Lendlease's 55-level commercial Circular Quay Tower, and 388 George Street, which is controlled by Investa and Brookfield. The decision has however fallen in favour of Quay Quarter Tower in Circular Quay, often referred to as the ‘gateway to Sydney’ for its harbour location and views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

Deloitte relocates Australian headquarters to Quay Quarter TowerLocated at 50 Bridge Street, Quay Quarter Tower is the centrepiece in the broader Quay Quarter project. The tower, due for completion in late 2021, will offer 97,000 square metre of space, and rise 200 metres, making it one of Sydney’s taller buildings. Quay Quarter Tower is largely owned by AMP, which will itself take up an anchor tenancy of 36,500 square metre in the building. Deloitte will become the second anchor tenant in the $3 billion tower, taking a 10-year lease over approximately 32,000 square metres. 

Quay Quarter Tower was designed by Danish architects 3XN. The tower’s Market Hall is designed by AvroKo of New York, while the lobby interiors are designed by London-based architect Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio. 

The announcement is the second of its kind for the owners of Deloitte’s current office at Grosvenor Place, Dexus, Investa and Aria. Not too long ago co-tenant Norton Rose Fulbright, an international law firm, confirmed it is moving to a new headquarters at 60 Martin Place as part of its merger with local entity Henry Davis York. 

The relocation to Quay Quarter Tower is part of Deloitte’s commitment to providing its people with “premium workspaces that foster collaboration and innovation,” said Andrew Griffiths, Deloitte’s Chief Financial Officer in Australia. Last year, the firm completed upgrades to its offices in Brisbane, Canberra and Perth. Meanwhile in Melbourne, the accounting and consulting firm agreed to take up the anchor tenancy in a new landmark development at 477 Collins Street, in the heart of Melbourne’s city district. 

Globally, Deloitte is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom. The company is led by CEO Punit Renjen and Chairman David Cruickshank.