Microsoft and Hitachi Join Forces to Open Software Development Centre

Microsoft has partnered with technical support services provider Hitachi to open a software development centre in Fargo, North Dakota.

According to a Microsoft press release, the new facility will be housed in an existing Microsoft building but will have its own premises.

Microsoft and Hitachi will provide sourcing, program management, development, and testing services for the Microsoft Business Solutions IT team. Hitachi will focus on developing new businesses and provide service to existing clients.

The companies plan to hire 20 people for the centre in the first six month and plan to increase the workforce to 1,500 in coming years.The Microsoft facility in Fargo already has 1,700 workers, as reported by Businessweek.

"North Dakota's business-friendly environment, and educated workforce, make it an attractive region to develop a strong near-shore strategy," said Mike Gillis, Senior Vice President of Hitachi Consulting's Microsoft Dynamics practice.

"With low unemployment rates and several high-quality universities nearby, the area provides us with a large pool of educated, experienced, and quality individuals to expand our workforce," he said.