Local software developer Marcel Creed says Ipswich has what it takes to attract ICT businesses.
Local software developer Marcel Creed says Ipswich has what it takes to attract ICT businesses. David Nielsen

City could be next Silicon Valley

IPSWICH has the capacity to become a regional hub for information and communication technology (ICT) just like Silicon Valley.

That is the view of Ipswich software guru Marcel Creed and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.

Mr Creed is a senior executive of business development for Sky Software and works from his home in Ipswich. Sky Software is a leading vendor of cloud computing services to the Australian education and training and carbon management sectors.

Mr Creed said that because of the geographical location of Ipswich, it was an ideal region for software development to occur.

"With Ipswich you've got a region which developmentally is well positioned in terms of its geographical location and its infrastructure capability to develop ICT," Mr Creed said.

"It has the closeness to major industry such as aeronautical, education and training and health.

"ICT is all about being able to support industry in terms of their operational needs. You have to be in contact with your client base.

"In Ipswich and Silicon Valley you have the capacity for ICT companies to set up cost effectively, and have that regional access to major hubs and major cities in relation to the major software jobs they do."

Ipswich City Council was awarded the Smart 21 Intelligent Community award this year for the second year in a row. Its InfoCity Plan will be backed by state of the art broadband access, and it has secured accelerated rollout of high speed fibre optic broadband by the National Broadband Network Company.

"Council has been pushing information technology and software development. We've got the perfect environment here with the aerospace industry and the cultural environment of the city," Cr Pisasale said.

"I always said that Ipswich can be the next Silicon Valley and the next Seattle, because of the aerospace industry.

"Ipswich has taken out global smart city awards because of our leadership in this field. We've come a long way since the coal mining days."



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