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IBM Sets E-Business Sights on Pyrmont

[Sydney, AUSTRALIA] IBM has announced its Sydney E-Business Innovation center is to be located in the increasingly Web-focused area of Pyrmont.

IBM Global Services Australia has selected a heritage listed building in Harris Street for the AUS $23 million (US $13.8 million) center, which is expected to house over 400 e-business workers within three years.

IBM's vision for the old wool store will be implemented by contracted architects Geyer Design, who have been commissioned by IBM to redevelop the building to become the heart newly developing e-business district.

During the last week of July, IBM Global Services announced its intention to establish an Asia-Pacific center for e-business in Sydney by the end of the year, placing the spotlight on Sydney as the e-business hub of the region.

The IBM facility has the support of the Federal and State Governments, and will invest more than $23 million over the next three years establishing the technology and communications infrastructure for the centre, which is intended to increase IT and e-business skills in Australia.

The center is expected to create 490 jobs over the next five years, of which 340 will be new and the remainder filled by current IBM Global Services e-business professionals.

The focus will center on the skill areas of e-commerce, Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management and Business Intelligence, and is expected to position IBM to increase the deployment of these skills to high profile IT projects.