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Microsoft and ACT Government partner to inspire technology innovation

28 March, 2006 | Archived Post
Canberra.NET to help develop new opportunities for the ACT software industry

Canberra, Australia – 28 March 2006 – Microsoft Australia and the ACT Government today launched Canberra.NET, an ICT development initiative which will bring together Canberra-based software developers to promote innovation and create new opportunities for the ACT software industry.

Canberra.NET will promote the ACT as a centre of excellence for web services using the Microsoft .NET platform and help local software developers market their intellectual property to customers throughout Australia and internationally. It is estimated there are more than 200 ICT specialist companies in the ACT which could benefit from the initiative.

Microsoft Australia’s Director of Developer and Platform Strategy, Mr Norbert Haehnel, said he believed Canberra.NET would emulate the success of .NET clusters established in other states.

“Microsoft has seen great success in stimulating national and overseas investment in local software developers in Victoria and Queensland and we’re confident Canberra.NET will help put Canberra on the map as an Australian technology hub,” said Mr Haehnel.

Victoria.NET has grown to 289 members since June 2003 and Queensland.NET now has 75 members after just one year of being established. There are now 1,534 known .NET projects in Victoria with a value of more than $303 million; in Queensland, there are 389 known .NET projects with a value of more than $78 million.

“Like the other states there is a wealth of innovation in the ACT just waiting to be uncovered but the local ICT industry must be provided with the right environment to grow,” said Mr Haehnel.

Mr Geoff Keogh, Director – BusinessACT, ACT Department of Economic Development, said the.NET cluster is a great example of how the ACT Government is working with the private sector to encourage economic growth.

“Canberra.NET provides the ACT with the ideal catalyst to develop local technology businesses and showcase innovation,” said Mr Keogh.

The Canberra Business Council has also worked closely with Microsoft and the ACT Government on this project with a clear focus on stimulating growth in the local ICT sector.

“Business networks such as Canberra.NET are vital to help specialists to share experience, build partnerships and ultimately, drive local economic development,” said Mr John Miller, Executive Director, Canberra Business Council.

Canberra ICT specialists also believed their industry colleagues would embrace the concept.

"With Canberra.NET we now have a way to pool the industry's expertise to accelerate the growth of many local ICT businesses like ours,” said Ms Michelle Melbourne, Client Services Director of DPM Consulting, a Microsoft .NET software developer operating in Canberra since 1991.

.NET is a software development platform provided by Microsoft and is used by developers to create unique solutions and applications. For more information visit http://www.microsoft.com/Net/Basics.aspx.

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