The subsidiary of the North American multinational has invested a million euros in the project, which aims to provide a ‘cloud computing’ solution service throughout Europe.

Barcelona is monopolizing the interest of large technological groups. These companies choose the Catalan capital to install their research centres (R+D+i). The North American multinational CSC will invest a million euros in the creation this year of a centre of excellence for cloud computing in the Catalan capital, which will also work for customers throughout Europe.

Víctor Cuatrecasas, managing director of CSC Catalonia, believes the project will generate up to a hundred new jobs. In the initial stage, the centre of excellence will have a workforce of thirty employees, which will be completed subsequently in a second stage, until reaching a hundred people. The company does not yet have a clear idea of the location of the centre and is studying several options, admitted Cuatrecasas. A likely alternative is that the project will take shape in the facilities belonging to the office of the Catalan delegation (located in the Diagonal of Barcelona), where there is room for thirty people, says the director, and later on they will move to another building.

With this project, CSC joins Fujitsu, Colt and Altran, among others, in the installation of centres for research or solution development in Barcelona. The three head offices coincide in that they will work with European customers and in the importance of the Catalan capital in promoting their business.

CSC, with its head office in Falls Church (Virginia, USA), has been present in Spain since 1991 with over 950 employees divided between the offices of Barcelona (where there are 200 people), Madrid and Asturias, where they opened a centre of technological excellence in 2003. On a national scale, the firm reached a turnover of 44 million euros last year. Worldwide, they have 93,000 workers in 90 countries. In 2010, CSC had a turnover of 16,200 million dollars (12,273 million euros).


Strategic plan

The centre of excellence is one of the “challenges” of CSC in Catalonia, according to Cuatrecasas, which wishes to continue an innovative line with cloud computing solutions. The technological firm will not embark on this adventure alone (although it does want to lead it), but rather aims to find other partners to collaborate with. The firm is not considering any takeover or fusion in the short term.

The strategic plan of CSC in Catalonia has other challenges such as the “verticalization of its services”, said Cuatrecasas. “We want people who are specialized in each of our industries”, he added. The financial, food, pharmaceutical and, especially, health industries, are CSC’s main customers.

80% of the company’s customers are firms (such as Cepsa, Gas Natural or Thyssenkkrupp), whereas the rest belong to the Public Administration (the Principality of Asturias and Barcelona City Council, among others). In this sense, public tenders (like the current one concerning ICT services for the Catalan Regional Government), “are a very important area of growth for us”, stated Víctor Cuatrecasas.


Source: Expansión


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