Minister announces new centre of excellence

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today announced that Parity Solutions is to establish a Microsoft Centre of Excellence in Belfast.

With over £630,000 of support from Invest Northern Ireland, Parity Solutions plans to create up to 94 highly skilled software development and consultancy positions by 2012.

Parity Solutions, one of the first Microsoft Gold Certified Partners in Europe, will develop innovative information management solutions, based on the Microsoft Platform for Public and Private Sector Organisations.

Announcing the Centre of Excellence, the Minister said: "Parity has over 40 years’ experience in delivering IT, business and recruitment solutions in the UK and Ireland.

"The decision to expand operations in Belfast reflects the success of Parity’s current operation, the confidence it has in being able to recruit high calibre information technology professionals and its commitment to Northern Ireland. In addition, it underlines the competitiveness of this region as a location for investment, even during difficult economic times.

"Supported by Invest NI, the Centre of Excellence will contribute almost £3million in salaries to the economy and will further strengthen our important and growing IT sector."

Parity’s CEO Alwyn Welch said: "We are delighted with the support and funding from Invest NI and this investment truly illustrates Parity’s strategy to capitalise on new technologies and market opportunities that we have identified."

He added: "Our aim is to provide Internet based Collaboration and Business Productivity Solutions to our customers. These solutions will be developed in the centre by experienced professionals combined with talented local IT graduates."