Global software firm creates 40 jobs

Published Tuesday, 18 September 2012
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Global software company WANdisco plc has announced the opening of a centre in Belfast with the creation of 36 high quality jobs.

Global software firm creates 40 jobs
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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Wot, no local? in Belfast wrote (862 days ago):
When was the last time Invest NI offered an incentive of £10,000 per new employee to local employers seeking to expand their workforce.. Never, because local expansion isn't seen by them as job creation because it doesn't suit their inward job figures. £360,000 would help create and secure a hell of a lot more than 36 jobs in many struggling local companies.
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