TYSONS, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC), the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, today announced plans to establish a Digital Transformation Center in Louisiana, creating approximately 2,000 jobs in New Orleans over the next five years.
DXC’s partnership with the City and State will extend to local educational institutions – including Louisiana State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, University of New Orleans, and Delgado Community College – to recruit talent, develop technology education programs, and provide ongoing learning and development opportunities for employees. This initiative represents the state’s largest single higher-education investment in a private-sector workforce partnership, seeking to expand the number of degrees awarded annually in computer science, management, and science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM-related studies.
DXC’s Digital Transformation Center will focus on the development, delivery and ongoing support of next-generation digital services and solutions including applications, cloud computing, cybersecurity, data analytics, and intelligent automation that serve the company’s global clients. The company intends to begin operations in New Orleans in January 2018 at a location in the city’s Central Business District to be finalized soon. Recruiting and initial hiring for available positions will begin immediately.
DXC has established Digital Transformation Centers that align its business and client goals with leading educational institutions in the UK and, most recently, Australia. These centers showcase innovative and evolving approaches in serving clients by drawing on the company’s global experience in digital transformation, leveraging its independent partner network, and creating an environment for the incubation of ideas, learning and development.
DXC Technology was formed in April 2017 by the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The company serves nearly 6,000 clients across 70 countries.
“We’re thrilled to become a member of the New Orleans community, and want to thank the leadership of the City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana for their exceptional work in bringing DXC and several thousand jobs to the area,” said Mike Lawrie, DXC Technology chairman, president and CEO. “Our Digital Transformation Center will be a world-class facility in every way. It will be integral to DXC’s strategic growth objectives, deliver transformative next-generation digital IT services and solutions to our clients, and create new opportunities for current and future employees.
“As an established global technology services and solutions leader, we continually seek opportunities to strengthen our leadership and competitive positions and to help clients on their digital transformation journeys. This is a truly exciting opportunity for DXC. We look forward to establishing our local presence and, as a vital partner, contributing to the recognition of New Orleans and Louisiana as leading technology and growth centers.”
DXC Technology will be a sponsor the City of New Orleans Tricentennial, which marks the city’s rich 300-year history and sets the course for its future.
“This is an historic economic development achievement for our state,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “DXC Technology could not have made a better selection than to choose New Orleans for their Digital Transformation Center, and we embrace the challenge of preparing our best and brightest students for this remarkable opportunity. DXC’s selection of New Orleans represents the rarest and most promising economic development win that Louisiana or any state could hope for. With this project, Louisiana gains a next-generation leader in global technology services, our college graduates will find unprecedented job opportunities at home, and New Orleans will welcome a landmark project to elevate its economy as the city celebrates its Tricentennial next year.”
“I’m thrilled to welcome DXC Technology to the City of New Orleans,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “This newly formed IT services company will create thousands of job opportunities for New Orleanians, adding to our rapidly growing digital economy. DXC Technology’s decision to locate its Digital Transformation Center in New Orleans will no doubt propel our city to a new level of prominence and give rise to additional business attraction in New Orleans. As we approach our city’s 300th anniversary, I have no doubt that our best days are ahead of us.”
DXC Technology chose New Orleans following a rigorous selection process over several months involving more than 30 possible U.S. cities. Selection criteria included: Local economic strength, current and future talent availability, population diversity and livability, technology ecosystem, transportation and mass-transit infrastructure, real estate development availability, as well as commitment of the state, city and local educational community to developing a next-generation IT workforce.
Jobs, Recruiting and Educational Partnerships
“DXC cultivates an environment of continuous learning that is critical to the success of our people and the company,” DXC’s Lawrie added. “We are committed to providing employees with experiential, training and educational opportunities that advance job skills and career development. Our partnership with local colleges and universities will be important to our success and will increase the number of graduates and skilled professionals in technology-related fields in the city and across the region.”
In building its local workforce, DXC will hire managerial and technology talent, including experienced professionals with diverse IT skills, technology certifications, and two- and four-year college and university graduates to build its local workforce. Talent recruitment will be supported by LED FastStart®. Louisiana also will leverage its deep talent base of military veterans and service members. For more information on recruiting events and employment opportunities go to: LouisianaJobConnection.com/DXCNola.
Press Conference Today – 2 p.m. CST, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Poydras Street entrance ramp
Today, DXC Technology with local city and state officials is conducting a press conference regarding the announcement at 2 p.m. CST at the Poydras Street entrance of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Video highlights from today's event will be available online via YouTube by 6 p.m., or earlier, following the event; search terms: "DXC Technology in New Orleans."
Secretary Don Pierson, Louisiana Economic Development, State of
“Louisiana offers a favorable business climate, world-scale infrastructure and exceptional alignment between state, parish and local economic development partners. Ultimately, the game-changer that often takes us from being a strong competitor to the most compelling business destination is the innovative, groundbreaking team we have at LED FastStart®. From Benteler Steel/Tube in Northwest Louisiana to CenturyLink in Northeast Louisiana, Sasol in Southwest Louisiana, RoyOMartin in Central Louisiana, GE in New Orleans and many, many others, FastStart has proven its mettle time and time again. They will be an invaluable resource as we ramp up hiring for this landmark DXC project.”
Michael Hecht, President & CEO, Greater New Orleans, Inc.
“The announcement of DXC Technology’s Digital Transformation Center in New Orleans is the capstone on a decade-long effort to make New Orleans and Louisiana a new hub for technology and innovation. It is fitting that DXC is opening a ‘Transformation Center,’ because we fully expect the impact to be transformative to both DXC, as a new global technology leader, and New Orleans, as a new national technology hub. On behalf of everyone in Greater New Orleans, we are thrilled to welcome DXC Technology, and look forward to a long and mutually productive relationship.”
Quentin Messer, President and CEO, New Orleans Business Alliance
“We welcome DXC to America’s most unique and ascendant city. DXC’s decision to make this significant strategic investment in New Orleans not only affirms the vibrancy of the local technology ecosystem but also demonstrates New Orleans’ increasing attractiveness for large-scale financial and human capital investment. This significant win for the people of New Orleans resulted from a collaborative effort by state and local government, the private sector and economic development. Our commitment to DXC does not end with this announcement; it is only beginning.”
F. King Alexander, President, Louisiana State University System
“LSU is pleased to be part of this partnership investing in higher education and the workforce of Louisiana. As the state’s flagship university, we are focused on solving the state’s most pressing challenges. Bringing a partnership like this to the New Orleans area and to LSU’s campus is a win for the entire state.”
Jim Henderson, President and CEO, University of Louisiana System
“We could not be more excited to welcome DXC Technology to Louisiana. Our partnership with this industry leader and Louisiana Economic Development will enable us to create and enhance curricula, further develop our world-class faculty and produce a workforce that gives the greater New Orleans region a competitive advantage. Southeastern and UNO, supported by the entire Universities of Louisiana enterprise, are well positioned to develop talent that will meet the needs of the 21st century economy.”
Monty Sullivan, President, Louisiana Community and Technical College
“Today’s announcement is perhaps the most significant win for the people of New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana in a generation. Thanks to Governor Edwards, Secretary Pierson and the entire state and local economic development team, we continue the drumbeat of success in growing and diversifying our state’s economy. At the heart of this decision was the commitment by Governor Edwards, his team, and the combined efforts of the higher education community to provide the workforce necessary to ensure success for our newest business partner. We look forward to the partnership."
Secretary Joey Strickland, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
“Our mission is clear. Our department provides comprehensive care and quality services to Louisiana’s veterans, and their families. Helping them find meaningful work in their hometown with organizations like DXC Technology is an added bonus and one that we’re happy to help facilitate.”
About DXC Technology
DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) is the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, helping clients harness the power of innovation to thrive on change. Created by the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DXC Technology serves nearly 6,000 private and public sector clients across 70 countries. The company’s technology independence, global talent and extensive partner network combine to deliver powerful next-generation IT services and solutions. DXC Technology is recognized among the best corporate citizens globally. For more information, visit www.dxc.technology.