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    Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    American software company sets up regional HQ in Brisbane

    Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    Tuesday, December 07, 2010

    American software company sets up regional HQ in Brisbane

    SolarWinds, a US-based IT management software provider, is establishing its Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Brisbane, estimated to create 25 new local jobs.

    Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development Andrew Fraser said the SolarWinds Asia Pacific headquarters will deliver customer services and will be home to the company’s development team.

    “SolarWinds’ decision to establish its regional headquarters in Brisbane reinforces Queensland’s position as a leading location for ICT applications and solutions development in this country,” Mr Fraser said.

    “The Brisbane office will drive sales in Australia and New Zealand, serve as the Technical Support Centre for the region and perform software engineering to localise Solarwinds' entire product family.

    “Importantly, the Brisbane headquarters will also be the springboard for SolarWinds' entry into new Asia Pacific markets, including Japan.

    “The Bligh Labor Government set out to diversify our economy by supporting, setting it up for the future by making our state the Smart State and supporting new industries – SolarWinds decision to set up shop is Brisbane is just the latest chapter in the book.”

    Following strong support from Trade and Investment Queensland, Brisbane Marketing, and Austrade, SolarWinds chose to locate its Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Brisbane.

    Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said Brisbane Marketing’s Investment Attraction division worked with Trade and Investment Queensland to attract SolarWinds, providing detailed research on the competitive advantages of Brisbane’s ICT sector and business environment.

    “SolarWinds’ decision to establish its regional office in Brisbane, Australia’s new world city, is indicative of our reputation as a strong ICT market, where companies can access talented development staff whilst easily accessing market opportunities in the Asia Pacific region,” Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said.

    “Brisbane’s global capabilities in ICT, its international business linkages within the Asia Pacific region and deep pool of local talent provides major growth opportunities for companies like SolarWinds,” he said.

    SolarWinds President and CEO, Kevin Thompson, said the Brisbane headquarters would allow the company to continue expanding its presence in the Asia Pacific region.

    “We see tremendous opportunity for SolarWinds in this region, based on the level of growth we have driven over the last twelve months,” Mr Thompson said.

    Doug Hibberd, SolarWinds’ Senior Vice President, Engineering, and General Manager for the APAC region, will head up the Brisbane office.

    “Brisbane was a clear choice for SolarWinds,” Mr Hibberd said.

    “Its location provides easy access to support our growth activities in Australasia, as well as the larger Asia Pacific region. We believe that this community has a deep of talent and local support needed to help us achieve our goals.

    “We are excited about the opportunities that Brisbane presents.”

    SolarWinds has international offices in Ireland, the Czech Republic, Singapore and India. It provides IT performance management software to more than 97,000 customers around the globe, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses.

    SolarWinds’ offerings include software for managing the performance and availability of data storage, computer networks, applications and servers.

    SolarWinds’ Brisbane-based development team will be focused on localisation of SolarWinds’ full product line.

    Media contact: Treasurer's office - 3224 5982 or 3224 6361