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The Australian: Head of Cognizant Digital Business for Asia-Pacific Talks About the Company’s Melbourne Collaboratory

On February 20, 2017, Cognizant opened its Digital Business Collaboratory in Melbourne, Australia. The Collaboratory provides a dedicated space, technology, managed innovation process, and a team of experts so clients can work with Cognizant and partners to design, prototype, and build innovative solutions for the digital economy.

“The city [Melbourne] is home to a large pool of creative talent and known for its culture and one of the world’s best lifestyles,” said Dr. John Burgin, Head of Digital Business — Asia Pacific and Middle East, Cognizant. “We have been operating in Melbourne since 2006 and our Australian and New Zealand Headquarters will now be located here.”

He adds, “A bulk of our current Australian workforce of about 1,000 professionals are based in Melbourne.”

Dr. Burgin says Cognizant’s Victorian Collaboratory is based on similar facilities operating in New York and Amsterdam.

“We are looking to build up a strong local workforce to support our Collaboratory that includes leading edge design talent, data scientists, digital technologists, industry process experts, DevOps engineers and cyber security experts,” he says.

“We intend to source these roles locally, but in some cases there will be benefit in bringing some of our global experts to build stronger links with our local universities in key technology areas and help act as a catalyst for local skills transfer and growth,” adds Dr. Burgin.

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