Large technology and professional services firm, Accenture, has announced it will establish the ‘Accenture Adelaide Hub’, helping to strengthen Adelaide’s position as a global leader in the high-tech industry.

Accenture’s move into South Australia is expected to create up to 2,000 new jobs over the next five years.

The investment will include the development of National Security Operations and Cyber Defence capabilities, new Advanced Technology Centres of Excellence in areas such as Oracle, SAP, Splunk and Salesforce, and Intelligent Operations capabilities to develop and deploy advanced analytics and artificial intelligence.

Premier Steven Marshall said the scale of Accenture’s investment in South Australia cannot be underestimated with over $1 billion expected to be injected into the state’s economy along with thousands of jobs.

“This is a jobs bonanza for South Australia at a time when we need it most,” Mr Marshall said.

“Accenture’s Adelaide Hub will serve as a magnet for talented young people who will help drive our state’s economic growth and bolster our defence, space and cyber sectors.

“The decision by Accenture to invest here is proof that South Australia is a major drawcard to international companies across high-tech and high-growth sectors.

“Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen precinct is already home to an impressive line-up including the Australian Space Agency, the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre, MIT Living Lab, the Australian Institute of Machine Learning and the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre.

“These establishments position South Australia as a world leader across space, cyber, defence and big data – the Accenture Adelaide Hub will further bolster the state’s high-calibre, high-tech community.

Chairman of Accenture Australia and New Zealand, Bob Easton, said Adelaide is home to a high-quality labour force, committed business community and a government that embraces new opportunities.

“This makes South Australia an ideal location for Accenture’s latest hub and a new collaborative approach to business and technology.

“Accenture is committed to serve as a key member of the local community, investing and working together with other businesses and educational institutions to assist the South Australian Government in meeting its economic growth targets.

“The Accenture Adelaide Hub will collaborate with Accenture hubs in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. These locations are connected to more than 100 Accenture innovation hubs and centres around the globe, bringing the best of Accenture’s capabilities in advanced technologies, intelligent operations and cyber security to clients in Australia.”

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