Telstra, one of Australia’s foremost telemarketing companies launched the Gurrowa Innovation Lab to provide its enterprise customers, vendors and incubators a common platform to share innovation on technological projects. In addition, the company has also acquired the partnership of Pivotal for building an enterprise software platform. Telstra and Pivotal are eyeing large scale collaboration in diverse fields such as geolocation, robotics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) via the Pivotal and Cloud Foundry Foundation-provided open-source platform-as-a-service (PaaS) cloud software.Telstra COO Kate McKenzie said, “By partnering with Pivotal, who are global leaders in agile development and cloud-native platform, we will enhance our innovation offering for our customers and create a pipeline of skills to grow our development capabilities."
The importance of cloud computing is ever rising. As one of the fastest growing technologies, cloud computing along with IoT, and artificial intelligence holds the potential to reshape the global industry. Andrew Penn, CEO, Telstra said, “The really complex thing about cloud computing is how you get the data in and out of the cloud in a secure, timely, and safe way. And that's a telecommunications challenge. And that's why Telstra is investing heavily in cloud computing.”
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher, who was also present at the opening of the lab also reiterated the need to push technological innovation through such products and partnerships to ensure Australia’s place in the highlycompetitive business world. Fletcher said, "It is the collaboration aspect of this lab that will be so important, because it's going to be Telstra working with startups, working with well-established businesses in so many industries, and working with industry partners."