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Interstate Lane — Sept. 2012

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Business news from Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia

INDIANA: Appirio to hire 300 for new cloud development center in Indy

Appirio, a global technology-enabled cloud service provider, plans to open a new office and cloud computing development center in Indianapolis that is expected to create 300 high-wage jobs by 2015.

The San Francisco-based company plans to invest more than $2 million to grow its team and presence in Indianapolis, including leasing, renovating and equipping 12,500 s.f. of space in downtown Indianapolis. The new office, which is scheduled to open in October, will be the company’s second U.S. office and will serve as a key location for training and developing its cloud architects.

Started in 2006 with the goal of helping medium to large enterprises power their business with cloud-based solutions, Appirio has grown to more than 500 cloud experts in offices spanning five countries, supported by CloudSpokes, a more than 40,000 person-strong global cloud developer community. The company has moved more than 2 million users from more than 350 enterprises to cloud platforms like Salesforce, Google Apps and Amazon Web Services. Appirio’s client list includes Facebook, Home Depot, International Hotel Groups, L’Oreal, Starbucks and Thomson Reuters, among many others.

According to technology and research company Gartner Inc., public cloud services are expected to grow at nearly 18 percent through 2016, compared to less than 4 percent for overall IT spending.

“Enterprise cloud adoption is still in its early days, but today customer demand for cloud expertise is exceeding supply,” said Chris Barbin, CEO of Appirio. “Opening an office and cloud development center in Indianapolis gives us access to a large, highly educated talent base with close proximity to customers and partners, and provides a great career opportunity for those looking to join a company that’s changing an industry.”

INDIANA: Bell Techlogix to expand headquarters, will add 200+ jobs

Bell Techlogix, a privately held provider of information technology services and solutions, is expanding its corporate headquarters and operations center in Indianapolis and plans to add up to 204 new jobs by 2016.

Bell is investing $1.4 million to lease, renovate and equip a 100,000-s.f. facility, which is expected to be complete by the end of October.

With roots dating back to the 1950s and a focus on technology spanning more than 25 years, Bell’s founders began as small business entrepreneurs in southern California. By leveraging a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions, the company has evolved into a comprehensive IT managed services provider with locations throughout the nation and nearly 1,000 clients across multiple industries ranging from midsized enterprises to Fortune 100 companies.

The company currently employs approximately 450 people at three Indiana locations, including 200 employees in Indianapolis. The new positions will range from call center desk agents and sales positions to highly skilled IT engineers and architects, human resources and finance personnel, and executive management.