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Tech giant Capgemini opens global delivery center in BullStreet District

Capgemini today announced it has opened a new delivery center at The BullStreet District in Columbia, S.C., known as the largest urban redevelopment project east of the Mississippi River. Capgemini will service its insurance clients interested in implementations of Duck Creek Technologies[1] software but will also provide services on other insurance and cross-industry implementations. The new Columbia, S.C. delivery center is Capgemini’s first location in the state of South Carolina, with 125 employees already assigned to the center. 

The new delivery center is designed to operate in the new world of DevOps and the distributed Agile model.  With the objective of fostering collaboration through technology and workplace design, it is a future-forward model for digital delivery.

“Capgemini selected The BullStreet District in Columbia, S.C. as the site of its latest delivery center partly because of its acquisition of Columbia-based TCube Solutions,” explained Sam McGuckin, Executive Vice President and Head of Capgemini’s Columbia Delivery Center.  “BullStreet is the state’s first urban gigabit community in a city that has a growing reputation as an IT hub. We are excited about being a part of the dynamic BullStreet District.”

Capgemini acquired Columbia-based TCube Solutions in February 2017 due to its focus on Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance software and services to complement its alliance partnership with Duck Creek Technologies. TCube Solutions employees have been folded into Capgemini and as the delivery center’s work expands, it is expected that additional IT resources will be hired.

“It is a bright day for Columbia, S.C. and the BullStreet District as we add Capgemini’s Delivery Center as another company choosing our city to open up new operations,” said Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia.  “Capgemini is a large global company who works with many leading companies around the world on IT implementations and business transformation. Choosing Columbia and the BullStreet District means that our IT skills are on the global stage.”

Capgemini also selected Columbia for its proximity to the University of South Carolina, who will provide potential new IT resources as well as innovation. “The University thrives when innovative tech companies like Capgemini are our neighbors,” said USC President Harris Pastides. “Maintaining strong relationships with local private sector companies opens up research and employment opportunities for our students and graduates in high-demand fields.”

Capgemini’s office will be in the First Base Building, the largest private office building constructed in downtown Columbia since 2009, and is adjacent to Spirit Communications Park stadium, home of the Columbia Fireflies Minor League Baseball team.

“We are delighted that Capgemini selected BullStreet as its location in Columbia. BullStreet will be a one-of-a-kind, walkable district filled with an engaging mix of entertainment, local and national shops, offices, restaurants and residences. It will continue to grow and be a place that helps attract and retain talent and new companies for the Midlands. Capgemini’s choice of BullStreet confirms this vision, and we are excited to welcome their team to BullStreet,” said Bob Hughes, Chairman of Hughes Development Corporation, master developer of the BullStreet District.

The BullStreet District is a 20-year, 181-acre project to transform the historic S.C. State Hospital site into a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood district in downtown Columbia, SC.  The state’s first urban gigabit community, BullStreet is home to Spirit Communications Park, where the Columbia Fireflies Minor League Baseball team has hosted more than 700,000 guests since launching in April 2016.  Connected to the ballpark, the First Base Building is the largest private office building constructed in Columbia, SC since 2009 and is home to Ogletree Deakins law firm, tech giant Capgemini’s insurance delivery center, and Founders Federal Credit Union.  Bone-In Barbeque restaurant opens in the historic Ensor Building in 2018, and work is underway on the 196-unit Merrill Gardens senior living community while 28 residential townhomes at TownPark at BullStreet are under construction, adjacent to the SC Dept. of Natural Resources’ Parker Annex Archaeology Center, a historic renovation.  The award-winning historic Bakery at BullStreet building is home to the SOCO cowork and event space, the hub of the BullStreet Technology Village.  The Central Energy Facility is the future home of Downtown Church, and plans are underway for a new UofSC Health Sciences campus.  A 20-acre public park with a dog park, trails and pond will restore 2,000 feet of natural habitat along Smith Branch Creek, helping to mitigate flooding downstream.  BullStreet contains 125,000+ square feet of commercial/office and retail space and is zone for up to 3.3 million square feet of commercial use and 3,533 residential units.  Follow @BullStreetSC on twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and learn more at htttp://www.bullstreetsc.com

A global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation, Capgemini is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. Building on its strong 50-year heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. Capgemini is driven by the conviction that the business value of technology comes from and through people. It is a multicultural company of 200,000 team members in over 40 countries. The Group reported 2016 global revenues of EUR 12.5 billion.

Featured photo: S.C. House Rep. James Smith; Columbia, S.C. Mayor Steve Benjamin; Sam McGuckin, EVP, Capgemini of the Americas; Sandy McGuckin, Senior Director, Capgemini of the Americas; Dr. Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina; Shane Cassidy, EVP Global Insurance, Capgemini

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