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SAP’S $60 Million Innovation Centre Opens

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Global enterprise applications company SAP’s new Innovation Centre has been officially opened in Melbourne by Minister for Innovation, Louise Asher.

The centre, with a focus on helping Australian organisations move to cloud deployment models, represents a $60 million investment in staff and infrastructure over five years and includes a new mission control centre.

The Melbourne Mission Control Centre, one of five in SAP’s global network, provides critical 24-hour support for more than 85 organisations in Australia and 44 internationally.

Opening the new St Kilda Road centre, Ms Asher said it was a strong vote of confidence in Victoria’s ICT capabilities and skills.

“This is a valuable addition to our world-class technology ecosystem. It will also create new investment and innovation opportunities for SAP’s Victorian partners, clients and suppliers.

“For SAP, it strengthens its ability to provide transformative and mission critical services for its fast-growing client base in Victoria.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is working hard to make Victoria the regional destination of choice for technology-focused companies. Our focus on increasing Victoria’s technology capabilities includes attracting more investment, and we are succeeding in this despite challenging global economic conditions,” Ms Asher said.

Since coming to office, the Victorian Coalition Government has helped to facilitate over $1 billion in technology-related investment and created 4,700 jobs.

Headquartered in Germany, SAP is the world leader in enterprise software and software-related services, with annual revenue of around $24 billion and over 66,500 employees servicing more than 253,000 customers in 188 countries.

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