Foster announces global software company investment

Sep 18, 2012

Photography: Press Eye
 

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster is pictured with David Richards, President, CEO & co-founder, WANdisco.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today announced that global software company WANdisco plc is to set up a software development centre in Belfast, creating 36 high quality jobs.

WANdisco plc (LSE: WAND) is a leading provider of global collaboration software to the software development industry. It helps organisations with software developers based across the globe to work collaboratively and in a more efficient way.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered £360,000 in support of the investment.

Arlene Foster said: “WANdisco plc is a highly innovative leader in its field and its decision to set up in Belfast reflects the strength of what Northern Ireland has to offer.

“The company looked at several other possible locations including India, Eastern Europe and other UK cities, but was drawn to Northern Ireland by the availability of a skilled workforce, high speed connectivity, a cost effective operating environment and the support offered by Invest Northern Ireland.

“The ICT sector is a key driver of economic growth and, as such, is a priority sector for Invest Northern Ireland which works hard to secure this kind of high calibre investment. The jobs will contribute £1.2 million a year to the local economy and the new centre will further strengthen the ICT sector here.”

The Belfast software development centre will play a key role in supporting WANdisco’s global growth strategy by doubling the company’s software engineering capacity.

David Richards, President of WANdisco plc, said: “We are aiming to achieve substantial growth within the next three years and the Belfast centre will play a critical role in that growth. Our strategy includes further development of our existing suite of products, development of new products for the high-growth ‘Big Data’ market and further expansion into Europe and China.”

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