CBA has opened a technology hub in Melbourne, its second nationally, which will eventually house up to 500 software developers, cloud engineers and cyber specialists.
The bank has partnered with Monash University and RMIT to provide software engineering students with job opportunities in cloud, data, analytics, and software.
Located on Collins Street, the hub was opened yesterday by the ABC’s chief information officer for technology, Brendan Hopper.
Hopper said iTnews that Melbourne “has a depth of technology skills that we need to access” as the bank seeks to “rebalance the amount of work we do internally versus using partners”.
The hub already has 100 tech specialists and will look to “increase by 400” over the next few years, he said.
“We are targeting up to 500 [workers] if the skills are there. It will take us a few years to get there, but that’s definitely our plan,” Hopper said.
Hopper said CBA is “strategic about who we put where” based on the skill set available in the market, with the bank so far keen to fill cloud, DevOps and platform engineering roles, as well as to hire “engineers who build things to make other engineers happier and more successful.
“It’s actually an area that tech giants and tech companies have invested heavily in over the past two decades,” he said.
“We are also making major investments in our engineering experience and making the people who make the products as efficient and as happy as possible. »
Different markets, different skills
CBA’s first hub has opened in Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen, aiming to grow its tech workforce with a focus on artificial intelligence, data and cybersecurity.
Hopper predicts this new space will grow faster than the Lot Fourteen site, as the bank takes a “long-term view” in Adelaide given the difference in population and access to tech talent in the two cities.
“Melbourne has a very mature established technology sector, lots of cyber experts, lots of data scientists and amazing cloud engineers who we think we can provide opportunities for now,” Hopper said.
“Melbourne will probably grow a bit faster than Adelaide.”
For lot fourteen, CBA’s ambition is to reach 150 technology specialists within five years.
Since its launch in February, Hopper said Lot Fourteen has had about 20 employees, with the ABC “looking to partner with a lot more with the educational institutions there now.”
More tech hubs planned
CBA intends to expand its portfolio of technology hubs across Australia – beyond Melbourne and Adelaide – which could potentially give the bank “access to people who can live more regionally”. and “will likely search across Australia to determine where the skills are”.
Hopper said the next hub will “definitely be ‘always close to educational institutions’ in hopes of partnering with ‘people like TAFE.’
Data science focus
Andrew McMullan, director of data and analytics at the ABC, said iTnews that “there are more than a million people missing on the planet today” with skills and expertise in data science or machine learning.
“The number of experiences and services we provide to our customers is only growing exponentially,” McMullan said.
“To do this in a truly relevant and personal way, we need the best scientists who shape the decisions we make about what services, experiences or offerings to provide to our customers, and they simply don’t exist.
“So we have to be in the right places where those skills are – and Melbourne is certainly one of them.
“We need to invest in our own people to train them and get them into this new area or a growing area of expertise.
McMullan said the ABC are “very committed and believe Melbourne is key to how we’re going to be able to do this, especially as we want to stay ahead of everyone else”.