The largest cloud hub in the Asia-Pacific
Melbourne's cloud hub is the largest in the Asia-Pacific. Investors in cloud and SAAS find Melbourne's early adoption culture, ease of business networking, technical depth, and generous funding for R&D all work together to create a critical mass of cloud/SAAS activity and expertise. Melbourne has more cloud-specific companies and listed technology companies than any other Australian city.
A tech savvy, talented and sophisticated city
Melbourne's ICT sector is a highly talented workforce with its skills refreshed by the country's strongest talent pipeline. Melbourne has more ICT students and graduates than any other city. Over a third of all ICT masters graduates are from one of Victoria's many world-class universities.2 IBM Plant Location international and KPMG benchmark Melbourne as a 'very high' quality location for skills. In the wider context, the global talent index ranks Australia equal first in the Asia-Pacific region.3
Business environment and infrastructure building in strength
Exceptional R&D tax concessions and government support
Melbourne also offers these location advantages for cloud/SAAS
- Melbourne offers world-class university research institutes, a strong cluster of local applications developers, integrators, key infrastructure providers and many leading international players in the cloud space
- Major international companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Agilent Tech, Thales and NEC have based their R&D centres here in Melbourne.
- The Melbourne Networked Society Institute (formerly the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society) at the University of Melbourne brings together some of the best broadband researchers around the world. Partners include Cisco, Ericsson , Telstra and "Bell Labs".
- Victoria has technology clusters of noteworthy strength and capability. These include eHealth, eLearning, eSecurity, and games and animation.
Recent sector investments
- Telstra, Australia's largest telco, opened a new A$100 million cloud centre in Clayton, Melbourne (2014)
- Telstra is spending A$800 million on a cloud infrastructure development program (2011-16)
- Box Hill TAFE establishes a centre of excellence in cloud computing, the VMware Academy (2013)
- The University of Melbourne establishes the NeCTAR project, a national cloud for Australian researchers, and probably a world first.
Cloud and SAAS clusters for collaboration and cross fertilisation
- Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET)
- Australia's Academic and Research Network
- Australian Centre for Health Innovation
- Internet Commerce Security Lab (ICSL)
- Melbourne Networked Society Institute
- Melbourne Clouds lab
- Victorian Education & Research Network (VERnet)
- Victorian ICT for Women network
Some local (and internationally renowned) cloud/SAAS firms
1. Economist Intelligence Unit, Global Liveability Report, 2014
2. Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE), 2012 Award Course Completions
3. Economist Intelligence Unit , Heidrick & Struggles Global Talent Index, Outlook to 2015
4. Cloud fact sheet
6. Competitive Alternatives KPMG's Guide to International Business Location Costs, 2014 Edition
7. Most recent available from ABS as at 25.07.2014
8. Competitive Alternatives KPMG's Guide to International Business Location Costs, 2014 Edition