Applied Systems, Inc., a leading global provider of cloud-based software, is expanding in Belfast, recruiting 50 new jobs by 2021.
Applied Systems is an international cloud-based software company headquartered in Chicago. The company acquired Belfast-based Relay Software in 2016 and plans to establish a new R&D centre at its Gasworks offices to support its growth strategy across its entire product portfolio.
Applied Systems creates and licenses software for the global insurance market and its product, Applied Epic, is the fastest growing and most widely used cloud-based broker management system in the world.
This investment by Applied Systems demonstrates the company’s confidence in our local skills base and further emphasises the region’s reputation for excellence in this sector- Jeremy Fitch, Executive Director of Business and Sector Development, Invest NI
The 50 new positions being recruited in Belfast will be involved in developing and supporting Applied Systems’ solutions, including the establishment of an eCommerce Centre of Excellence. Nineteen of the roles are already in place and support global initiatives.
Welcoming the expansion, Jeremy Fitch, Invest Northern Ireland’s Executive Director of Business and Sector Development, said: “Cloud computing is a rapidly emerging industry with significant export potential and we have a growing cluster of software investors choosing to grow their business in Northern Ireland.
“This investment by Applied Systems demonstrates the company’s confidence in our local skills base and further emphasises the region’s reputation for excellence in this sector.
“The Belfast office will support the company’s ambition to expand its client base in the UK, provide 24/7 support for North America and further product innovation globally. The 50 IT roles being recruited over the next five years will contribute over £1.3 million annually to the economy in additional salaries.”
Invest NI has offered Applied Systems more than £325,000 to support its employment and training activities, securing this investment for Northern Ireland.
The team in Belfast will be central to adapting, delivering and expanding our global cloud-based products to the UK marketplace and will enable us to deliver ‘Follow the Sun’ customer support to our customer base worldwide.- Reid French, Chief Executive Officer, Applied Systems
Applied Systems operates in the US, Canada, Republic of Ireland and UK marketplaces. Speaking about the plans, Chief Executive Officer of Applied Systems, Reid French, said: “This investment is part of our strategy to expand our customer base in the UK and is in response to the continued growth of IT spending in the Global Insurance Market.
“The team in Belfast will be central to adapting, delivering and expanding our global cloud-based products to the UK marketplace and will enable us to deliver ‘Follow the Sun’ customer support to our customer base worldwide.
“The availability of talented, young engineers along with the supportive, established relationships with local universities and Invest NI made Northern Ireland a natural fit for us to grow our business.”