Invest Northern Ireland today announced its support for a £3.2 m investment by leading European IT company Fujitsu Services Limited, which will establish a Centre of Excellence for its Oracle operations in Belfast.
The project will cement Belfast’s position as a primary solutions centre within Fujitsu’s European Oracle Practice. It will help Fujitsu to deliver an advanced solutions service, based on the Oracle Corporation’s eBusiness Suite of software products, to the company’s growing European customer base.
Invest NI has offered £150,000 in support of the project, which will promote 30 new highly skilled jobs at the Belfast centre over the next two years.
Commenting on the investment, Invest NI Chief Executive Leslie Morrison said: “Fujitsu is a global blue-chip company. Therefore, its decision to focus key capabilities within its Oracle Practice in Belfast reinforces Northern Ireland’s reputation as a competitive location, with a highly skilled ICT workforce.”
“This commitment, following on from Fujitsu’s recent £18 million investment in its Managed IT Services operation in Belfast and Derry, demonstrates the strength of our ICT sector and the potential that exists for it to move even further up the value chain.”
Michael Crow, Head of Fujitsu’s Application Services in Northern Ireland added: “As one of the largest independent providers of the Oracle eBusiness Suite of services we are witnessing significant growth in our primary markets.”
“In response to this market opportunity and, given the competitive advantages offered by Northern Ireland, we have selected Belfast as the location for a new specialist hub that will centralise future development and support growth in this important business segment. We are confident that the availability of a highly skilled workforce, combined with Invest NI’s continued support, will provide a firm foundation to enable us to fully develop our Oracle Practice in Northern Ireland.”