The plans announced by DXC on Friday include two new initial centres — one in Canberra and the other in Melbourne — to be opened in the first half of 2018.
In Canberra, the centre will partner with the Australian National University (ANU), with a focus on education, research and innovation contributing to Australia’s digital agenda.
And in Melbourne the centre is planned to be located at Swinburne University of Technology, an industry-engaged university working with an extensive network on finding innovative research led solutions to the challenges posed by digital transformation across a range of sectors and businesses.
The new centres are based on similar models launched by DXC Technology in the UK and Belgium, which DXC says are aimed to spark new conversations with local clients about digital transformation by offering:
- End-to-end digital services from ideation and change through to development and ongoing evolution, to accelerate large enterprise clients on their unique transformational journeys;
- A collaborative, engaging environment focused on generating rapid outcomes and return on investment; and
- An outside-in approach to capacity-based staffing to deliver outcomes quicker, grow in-house capabilities and foster innovation.
DXC says the centres will provide clients continual access to advisory services, present new and effective ways of working, and help clients design and develop digital solutions to solve business challenges.
And it says basing the first two Digital Transformation Centres in Canberra and Melbourne “uniquely co-located with universities”, allows for collaborative research between industry and academia, and the creation a new talent pool of students who will aim to support the evolving needs of workforces and communities as they prepare for a digital future.
The foundation industry partners for the centre in Canberra include Tandem.ai, Gulanga, Canberra Data Centres and Microsoft.
The Melbourne centre will also give students opportunities to join researchers and industry partners on projects through Swinburne’s professional degrees, work placements, internships and industry-linked projects.
“The DXC Digital Transformation Centres will aim to advance digital innovation and deliver economic and social impact outcomes to Australia,” said Mike Lawrie, chairman, president and chief executive officer of DXC Technology.
“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.”
Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, said the new centres would support the federal government’s digital transformation agenda across the public and private sectors.
“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.”