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IDC: 300 new local IT companies in four years

IDC: 300 new local IT companies in four years

Spending on IT is determined by successful partnering, according to a new IDC study commissioned by Microsoft.

The study found spending on IT locally will create more than 11,000 new jobs over the next four years and more than 300 new IT companies. As well, Microsoft-related activities are thought to have been responsible for 26,000 jobs in 2007, making up 39 percent of total local IT employment.

Microsoft director of innovation Brett Roberts says local success can not be achieved without partners.

“The research found for every dollar that Microsoft generates in New Zealand in 2007, companies working with Microsoft will generate more than $13. Clearly, our success relies on the success of others.”

Intergen managing director Tony Stewart says the company is seeing growth benefits due to its relationship with Microsoft.

“We’ve grown 33 percent over the past six years and our Wellington office now has 110 staff. I think the IDC figures can be achieved, although we are noticing that it is difficult to get the quality and quantity of IT graduates we require. However, we do run a graduate programme with the universities and last month we took on eight new graduates.”

The IDC research, part of a global study, found that the Microsoft ecosystem – defined as people working at IT companies and IT professionals who create, sell, or distribute products that run on the company’s software platforms – plays a key role in driving the IT industry’s overall contribution to job growth and economic development.

When asked if he thought the IDC figures were realistic, Roberts says he is confident all the new jobs will be created.

“We’re working with the universities to ensure there are plenty of graduates in areas such as computer science. Microsoft also has a programme for children in primary schools to get them interested in the IT industry. However, I think a specific development channel has to be set up.”

He says the company tends to recruit onshore wherever possible. “We want to get the right people and only recruit offshore if necessary.

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