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Business Observer Friday, Apr. 8, 2022 5 months ago

Seattle tech firm to expand to region, hire 500 workers

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Microsoft business solutions provider Avanade will open a software engineering hub in Tampa.

Avanade, a leading provider of Microsoft solutions for businesses, has announced plans to open an engineering hub in Tampa and hire 500 people, over the next three years, to staff it.

According to a news release, Seattle-based Avanade will work with the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council to recruit and hire 500 software engineers. The firm says it’s looking for both entry- and senior-level applicants.

Successful applicants, the release states, will work with Avanade clients, locally and nationwide, to address business challenges ranging from cybersecurity to supply chain disruptions.

“As our clients seek solutions for adapting to the accelerated pace of change in a new, hybrid world, it’s imperative we continue to enhance our team with the best and brightest, forward-thinking talent,” Avanade Vice President Shawn Simmons states in the release. “Watching Tampa emerge as one of the nation’s hottest tech cities, we felt it made sense for us to plant our flag here and become an active part of this burgeoning community.”

Avanade is jointly owned by Accenture and Microsoft and employs 56,000 people across 26 countries.

“Over the past several years, our city has been on a hot streak when it comes to attracting leading technology companies and the highly skilled talent they need to be successful,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor states in the release. “We are thrilled Avanade has chosen our community for its latest expansion, and we’re excited for the company’s future here.”

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