Pictured (L-R) at Puppet Labs’ headquarters in Portland, Oregon is Luke Kanies, CEO and founder of Puppet Labs with Gary Hanley, Invest NI’s Regional Director for Americas.
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has announced that US company Puppet Labs, is establishing a software engineering centre in Belfast, creating 100 high quality jobs.
Puppet Labs develops software that enables system administrators to easily automate the configuration and management of machines and the software running on them. With it, software businesses can make rapid, repeatable changes and automatically enforce the consistency of systems and devices across physical and virtual machines, on the premise or in the cloud.
Its software is used by more than 20,000 organisations worldwide, including many major companies such as Cisco, CERN, Salesforce.com, Twitter and the London Stock Exchange.
Announcing the Investment the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster said: “Against competition from several other sites, Northern Ireland has again proved to be the location of choice for a global trading company with ambitious growth plans. Puppet Labs is an innovative company who are committed to product research and development. Its arrival in Northern Ireland is a further boost to our already strong ICT sector, which is playing a significant role in growing the local economy.
“I am pleased Invest Northern Ireland was able to offer £1million of support for the creation of these new positions. I understand recruitment is already underway and the 100 jobs should be in place within the next three years. The majority of the jobs are software engineering and quality assurance positions. The remainder of the roles are in areas including customer support and sales development.
“Once filled, these posts will collectively deliver annual salaries of over £3.7million to the local economy.”
Luke Kanies, CEO and founder of Puppet Labs, said: “Puppet Labs has been growing rapidly as IT automation is critical for any company that uses technology to compete. This new centre will expand our engineering capacity to support our plans for growth, particularly in the European and Middle Eastern markets.
“Northern Ireland has strong software engineering talent and offers quality and cost advantages to support our growth. We are also looking forward to working closely with Invest NI to continue to develop the software industry in Northern Ireland.”
Puppet Labs’ Northern Ireland operation will work alongside its US-based engineering teams to continue to develop the core product, Puppet Enterprise.