Global IT consulting provider Accenture has unveiled an innovation center in Medellin’s Ruta N Technology Park, where it will develop artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, and robotic process automation solutions.
Dubbed an “advanced technology center”, the Medellin office will hire IT professionals with deep expertise in software development, data science, AI, and consulting, according to the company’s statement.
“Colombia has a high potential for technological development and competitive advantages such as qualified human talent, so we see the opportunity to contribute to the country’s technological leap and provide the most advanced tools, processes, automation models, and service delivery worldwide,” said Marco Ribas, President of Accenture for Colombia.
The IT provider has similar innovation centers in India, England, the Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.
To begin with, Accenture will hire around 200 people for the office, with plans to increase the headcount to more than 1,000 over the next two to three years.
Accenture has reportedly allied with local universities to identify the best talent, promising to train every new recruit in new technologies.
Most of Accenture’s clients in Colombia belong to sectors such as finance, aerospace, telecommunications, and energy.
Felipe Jaramillo, President of ProColombia has stated that Accenture’s expansion has boosted Colombia’s hope of becoming the regional hub for IT services and software exporters.
Considering the agency’s data, Colombia’s IT export revenue has increased several fold in the past few years, from US$10.9 million in 2010 to US$159.8 million in 2017.