Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

It's WANdisco fever as firm creates 36 IT jobs

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster with David Richards, president and co-founder, WANdisco

Over 30 jobs are being created by a global software firm in Belfast in a move that will mean more than £1m to the economy here.

London Stock Exchange-listed WANdisco, which helps organisations to work collaboratively and in a more efficient way, is to set up a development centre in the city and create 36 posts.

Clients include Hewlett Packard, Intel, John Deere, European Southern Observatory, Barclays Capital, Walmart, GE, Cisco and Nokia.

Co-founded in 2005 by David Richards, Jim Campigli and Dr Yeturu Aahlad, WANdisco has dual headquarters in Silicon Valley and in Sheffield and chose Belfast ahead of rival locations including India, Eastern Europe and other UK cities.

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

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

David Richards, founder and president of WANdisco plc, said that the base in Northern Ireland would help the firm spread into other markets.

"We are aiming to achieve substantial growth within the next three years and the Belfast centre will play a critical role in that growth," he said.

"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."

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster added that the company was the latest heavy-hitter in the IT sector to identify Northern Ireland as providing quality staff.

"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," she said.

"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 £1.2m a year to the local economy and the new centre will further strengthen the ICT sector here."