CGI opts to launch new open source centre in Scotland
Grant from the Scottish government helps move which aims to create 250 jobs in the area
By Derek du Preez | Computerworld UK | Published: 10:21, 11 October 2013
CGI, which acquired Logica last year, has chosen Glasgow in Scotland as the location for its new centre of excellence for open source software development.
The Open Digital Services Centre will be established in early 2014 and is expected to lead to the creation of 250 jobs.
UK President of CGI, Tim Gregory, said he opted for a Glasgow base for the centre because of the support provided by the Scottish government, as it was provided a grant to help set up.
This news comes shortly after Gregory slammed the UK Cabinet Office for ongoing procurement reforms, which are squeezing out big suppliers such as CGI. He warned that if the reforms go too far, larger companies will take their investment elsewhere.
"The two main reasons we selected Glasgow for the location for our new centre were the talent pool of highly skilled professionals available in the area, and the support we received from the Scottish Government," said Gregory.
CGI said that open source software can offer its clients with a number of benefits, including reduced dependence on specific software vendors, lower total cost of ownership and easier customisation through the wider use of open standards.
Both the Scottish and UK governments have introduced a commitment to Open Standards Principles in recent years.
CGI said that 250 professionals would be recruited over a period of two to three years and the roles will range from highly skilled technical staff, to graduate and apprenticeship entry level positions.
Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister said: "The move by CGI to create 250 skilled jobs is very positive and is a yet another welcome boost for Scottish employment, reinforcing our position of out-performing the UK for securing inward investment.
"This is testament to both the skill of the Scottish workforce and the confidence international companies have in Scotland as a country to invest in."