SAP’s head in the cloud with $150m government data centre

SAP says it will support digital engagement and the adoption of cloud computing in government with a new $150 million data centre to be based in Canberra.

Global enterprise application giant SAP will invest $150 million in a new data centre and research institute in Canberra to support government agencies in digital engagement.

SAP says the centre, to open in the second quarter of next year, will “support federal, state and local agencies in Australia in executing on their cloud-first policies, as well as in their initiatives to eliminate waste and duplication of services, improve overall efficiency and effectiveness of government-delivered services and provide more value to taxpayers”.

It says the hub will develop best practices for the public sector in Australia and globally, in human capital management, finance, asset and case management. Some 50 federal agencies are currently served by SAP.

SAP will put 250 people into the office, including developers, solution architects and services professionals. Project teams will work in “virtual and physical innovation centres” aligned to policy areas in government. A showcase facility and briefing centre will house select outcomes from the innovation centres, including prototypes and proofs of concept leveraging cloud, mobile and analytics solutions.

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