Infosys targets WA growth

25/11/2016 - 09:54

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Global IT company Infosys is planning to recruit 100 people in Western Australia over the coming year after selecting Perth for its newest office.

Infosys Senior vice-president and regional head Australia & New Zealand Andrew Groth with state manager Meryl Carter. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Global IT company Infosys is planning to recruit 100 people in Western Australia over the coming year after selecting Perth for its newest office.

Senior vice-president and regional head, Australia & New Zealand, Andrew Groth, who visited Perth this week for the official opening of the firm’s local office, said Infosys hoped to bring the benefits of automation, data analytics and artificial intelligence to WA’s business community.

“This will help us create a business environment that is more agile and competitive in the global markets,” Mr Groth said.

Recently appointed state manager Meryl Carter said the firm would be targeting mining first and foremost in WA, along with the education, utilities, services and finance sectors.

Founded in India in 1981, Infosys is one of the world’s largest IT companies, with 200,000 staff globally and 4,000 employees in Australia.

It has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 2012 and has annual turnover of close to $US10 billion ($A13.3 billion).

Infosys already has a small presence in Perth through its subsidiary Portland, which specialises in procurement and supply chain management.

Ms Carter is keen to build the firm’s presence at a time when she says there are a lot of good IT people available and salary levels have been reset at lower levels.

“I would like to have 100 people here by the end of 2017,” she said.

Ms Carter said the firm’s core focus was support and maintenance of application development and infrastructure management.

It also has an engineering and consulting group focused on finding innovative solutions for customers.

Despite the economic slowdown in WA, she believes there is plenty of opportunity for a new IT player willing to engage and collaborate with customers.

“The market place is a bit complacent,” Ms Carter said.

One of the solutions Infosys is offering the oil and gas sector is called digital oilfields, an immersive 3D technology used in collaboration with geologists and reservoir engineers to optimise drilling programs.

An example of data analytics was provided by its Infosys Mana platform, which was able to analyse approximately 300 million maintenance records in less than four seconds to help a mining company improve its maintenance programs.

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