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SA software provider plans to set up 'cloud campus'

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Australia and New Zealand software provider PrimeQ has plans to build what it calls a "cloud campus" in South Australia that will lead to the creation of 72 jobs.

The company said it would set up an innovation centre, a 24/7 technology support hub and a graduate programme to increase cloud research and development, intellectual property and round-the-clock access to cloud technology expertise in SA.

The PrimeQ proposal has attracted a $500,000 grant from the South Australian Government through the government's Investment Attraction South Australia arm.

An estimate by the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies claimed that in its first decade the project would increase the state's gross product by $69.2 million.

PrimeQ deals in Oracle Cloud enterprise software and provides long-term annuity protection.

“PrimeQ commends the state government for its commitment to jobs growth in South Australia,” PrimeQ chair Jane Yuile said.

“We thank the state government, via Investment Attraction South Australia, for recognising the contribution PrimeQ is making to the state.

“PrimeQ is proud of our South Australian base from which we are building the cloud IT sector nationally through the creation of jobs, R&D capability and skilled technological expertise.”

PrimeQ chief executive Andrew McAdams said: “By 2025, 80% of worldwide IT budgets will be spent on cloud services and PrimeQ is at the forefront of this change.

“Together, PrimeQ’s three projects will create 72 new jobs for South Australia and spark major growth in cloud services across Australia and New Zealand.

“PrimeQ’s innovation centre will build intellectual property capability within this state, placing South Australia leagues ahead in the innovation layer of cloud technology.

“Our 24/7 technology support hub will allow us to expand our provision of skilled professional support and to maintain those services in South Australia rather than sending them offshore.

“Our graduate programme will see us work closely with South Australian universities and TAFEs to nurture new skills and expertise in the rapidly evolving cloud environment.

“Our investment firmly positions PrimeQ, from our South Australian headquarters, as the leading provider of cloud services across Australia and New Zealand.”

In its first year, PrimeQ generated multi-million-dollar revenue and grew to 86 staff.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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