Published Tuesday, 18 September 2012
David Richards, WANdisco president with Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster. (© Presseye)
WANdisco (Wide Area Network Distributed Computing) plc was established in 2005 in San Ramon, California and currently employs 75 people worldwide.
The firm is a leading provider of global collaboration software to the software development industry.
And now, WANdisco is establishing a base in Belfast.
The company believe opening in the city will play a key role in supporting WANdisco's global growth strategy by doubling the company's software engineering capacity.
David Richards, the firm's president, said: "We are aiming to achieve substantial growth within the next three years and the Belfast centre will play a critical role in that growth.
"Our strategy includes further development of our existing suite of products, development of new products for the high-growth 'Big Data' market and further expansion into Europe and China."
WANdisco also has an engineering centre in Sheffield, England and was recently floated on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market raising £15million.
Invest Northern Ireland has offered £360,000 in support of the move.
Enterprise minister Arlene Foster said the new jobs will contribute £1.2 million annually to the local economy.
"WANdisco plc is a highly innovative leader in its field and its decision to set up in Belfast reflects the strength of what Northern Ireland has to offer."
The DUP MLA continued: "The company looked at several other possible locations including India, Eastern Europe and other UK cities, but was drawn to Northern Ireland by the availability of a skilled workforce, high speed connectivity, a cost effective operating environment and the support offered by Invest Northern Ireland."
"The ICT sector is a key driver of economic growth and, as such, is a priority sector for Invest Northern Ireland which works hard to secure this kind of high calibre investment."
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