The new Oracle Centre of Excellence is the second significant announcement that Fujitsu has made in Northern Ireland in recent months. In June 2007 Fujitsu announced the creation of 400 new jobs in Londonderry and Belfast as part of an £18m investment in a new Managed IT Services Centre of Excellence. With this new centre in Belfast Fujitsu will have created 430 new jobs in the past 3 months to bring its planned employment in the region up to around 800 in total.
Invest NI has offered Fujitsu £150,000 in support of the project which will promote the recruitment of the 30 new highly skilled jobs at the Belfast centre over the next two years. This will include both technical and business focussed roles delivering across multiple business sectors within Europe.
Michael Crow, head of Fujitsu’s application services in Northern Ireland added: “As one of the largest independent providers of the Oracle eBusiness Suite services we are witnessing significant growth in our primary markets. In response to this market opportunity and given the competitive advantages offered by Northern Ireland we have selected Belfast as the location for a new specialist hub that will centralise future development and support growth. We are confident that the availability of a highly skilled workforce, combined with Invest NI’s continued support, will provide a firm foundation to enable us to fully develop our Oracle Practice in Northern Ireland.”
Commenting on the investment, Invest NI Chief Executive Leslie Morrison said: “Fujitsu is a global blue-chip company. Therefore, its decision to focus key capabilities within its Oracle Practice in Belfast reinforces Northern Ireland’s reputation as a competitive location, with a highly skilled ICT workforce.”
Fujitsu Services is one of the leading IT services companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa . It has an annual turnover of £1.74 billion, (€2.58 billion) employs 14,500 people and operates in over 20 countries. It designs, builds and operates IT systems and services for customers in the financial services, telecom, retail, utilities and government markets. Its core strength is the delivery of IT infrastructure management and outsourcing across desktop, networking and data centre environments, together with a full range of related services, from consulting through integration and deployment. Headquartered in London , Fujitsu Services is the European-centred IT services arm of the Fujitsu Group. The Fujitsu Group is a US$45 billion (€37 billion) leader in customer-focused IT systems and services for the global marketplace.
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Date: 01 August, 2007