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Irish company Asystec has opened its first Scottish base in Livingston, where it will establish a centre of excellence for big data services as part of plans to grow revenue to £14 million by 2018.

The company has received £150,000 of Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) funding to support the development of a new facility at the Almondvale Business Park, which will create 20 jobs in the local area. RSA awards support investment projects that create or safeguard jobs in Scotland.

The company chose to locate in Livingston to be close to key American partner, EMC Corporation, and to get access to the skilled talent pool developing in the east of Scotland around the School of Informatics in Edinburgh.

The big data development and operational management centre will focus on storage and backup solutions, data governance and data management.

The ideal launch pad for international markets

Commenting on the grant, managing director of Asystec, Les Byrne, said: “This is an important project for us as it focuses on big data and providing one of our key customers with first-class facilities, management and solutions for one of its most valuable assets.

This investment by Asystec is further evidence of Scotland’s position as the most attractive location for investment outside London, as illustrated in the recent EY Attractiveness Survey, and we look forward to working with the company as it grows its business from Scotland.

Paul Lewis, Managing director of Scottish Development International

We’re looking forward to establishing our new base in Livingston, which we believe will provide us with the ideal launch pad to a number of international markets, initially in the UK and then beyond."

Managing director of Scottish Development International, Paul Lewis, said: “We are exceptionally proud to welcome Asystec to Scotland. The new centre of excellence will benefit Scotland’s economy and the local area, while also reinforcing Scotland’s leading role as a global centre for big data and technology services."

The project will allow Asystec to develop a support centre to support its customers’ big data needs. This will include:

  • Storage and backup solutions for the high-end data storage requirements of large corporations
  • Data governance tools which control who, when and where people are accessing corporate data
  • Data management services, including custom solutions to store, protect, and manage large volumes of data without compromising business efficiency
  • A cloud services division

Why choose Scotland for data science?

Scotland is at the forefront on the data collection and analysis revolution. With a strong talent pool coming out of the University of Edinburgh and other universities, and the Data Lab, which helps companies make the most of emerging opportunities in big data, you’ll have access to the skills and expertise that you need to support your big data project.

Find out more about data science in Scotland