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DXC to launch digital transformation centres in Australia

Located in Melbourne and Canberra, the two centres will help Australian organisations build digital capabilities when ready in 2018

DXC Technology plans to open two digital transformation centres in Australia in 2018 that will be co-located with leading universities.

The centres, modelled after similar initiatives in Britain and Belgium, will provide an environment for incubating and testing new ideas, according to DXC, which was formed from the merger of CSC and HP’s enterprise services business.

The Melbourne centre will be located at Swinburne University of Technology, while Canberra’s will be based at the Australian National University.

Angus Taylor, Australia’s assistant minister for digital transformation, said: “Initiatives such as these support our efforts by driving agility and innovation among Australian businesses, service providers and government agencies, as we become more mobile, connected and reliant on technology than ever before.

Partnering with DXC at the Canberra centre are Tandem.ai, which analyses the impact of innovation on enterprise and the economy; Gulanga, which provides employment pathways for indigenous people; Canberra Data Centres; and Microsoft.

The latter two organisations have previously announced that CDC will host two new Azure cloud instances for Microsoft targeted at meeting the computing needs of the public service.

Mike Lawrie, chairman, president and CEO of DXC, said the DXC Digital Transformation Centres will “advance digital innovation and deliver economic and social impact outcomes to Australia”.

Digital transformation and innovation are certainly top of mind for CIOs across the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, according to analysis released by Gartner at its recent Symposium held on the Gold Coast.

In fact, CIOs in the region are already outpacing their global peers in their plans to adopt the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain.

Gartner said APAC CIOs expected their budgets to grow 5.1%, more than the global average of 3%. In Australia and New Zealand, where Gartner polled 113 CIOs, IT managers are expecting an average 3.2% increase in IT budgets, up from 2% in 2016.

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Andy Rowsell-Jones, Gartner vice-president and distinguished analyst, said: “APAC is home to some very successful and entrepreneurial digital businesses, as well as to established manufacturing, financial services, protein export, mining, government agencies and higher education establishments, that are driving the region up the technology adoption curve.”

The DXC transformation centres are designed to accelerate innovation efforts, build new capability while integrating with existing systems, promote agile development and establish a collaborative environment that brings together enterprise users, technology suppliers, academic partners and students.

Going digital, however, is only the start of the journey. At its symposium, Gartner noted that CIOs are currently transitioning from digital experimentation to digital scaling, noting that only 15% had achieved any sort of digital scale.

It added that barriers such as organisational culture and shortage of talent and resources need to be addressed before what emerges in a controlled innovation space percolates across the enterprise.

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