Take 5 with Atos - our Wheatbelt VR Innovation Roadshow Partne

Atos is a multinational information technology (IT) service and consulting company that specialises in hi-tech transactional services, unified communications, cloud, big data and cybersecurity. 

As an organisation, Atos has a purpose to help design the future of the information space. The expertise of its teams and services support the development of knowledge, education and research and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. 

Across the world, Atos focuses on enabling its customers and employees, and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably, in a safe and secure information space. 

In Australia, Atos has a strong presence, with headquarters in Melbourne and offices in Sydney and Perth. Of course, Atos is also a major sponsor and partner in the delivery of WA’s first VR education innovation in regional and remote schools. Starting on 23 November, Airborne IT and Atos are working together to deliver VR learning and promote STEM education to over 13 schools in the Wheatbelt area of WA. 

We recently talked to Mike Green, Managing Director at Atos in Australia to find out more about the organisation’s work, partnerships and commitment to delivering successful and sustainable digital transformation.
Airborne IT: For those who are new to Atos, would you be able to provide a summary of the organisation, its services and presence in the WA community?

Mike Green: We are a global frontrunner in designing the future of the information space. Across the world, we enable our customers, employees and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably in a safe and secure decarbonized information space. We drive state of the art initiatives and solutions such as Edge Computing, Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation and the Scientific Community. Our investment in Australia initiated in 2012 through an acquisition in Perth, WA.
Airborne IT: Digital transformation is a key speciality of Atos. How do you see the connection between successful, positive digital transformation with the VR Wheatbelt Roadshow?

Mike Green: The fast-changing COVID-19 situation requires education institutions to meet the needs of more than 1.5 billion students for remote learning with 380,000 of these students in WA. Atos and our local technology and service providers can add value through digital solutions that address the immediate and long-term needs of WA students, teachers and researchers.
Airborne IT: Why is it so important to close the gap between metro and regional schools and how will virtual reality education help to reduce this gap? 

Mike Green: Many school teachers are still adapting to online, distance learning environments. In addition, many communities have uneven access to digital resources. The Coronavirus emergency illuminates the ’village’ and community required to educate students and to provide for safe and enriching academic and social environments. It is a partnership between educators, partners, employers and technology providers that will bring together the scale of the village effect on closing the gap across communities in WA.
Airborne IT: What other exciting projects are in the pipeline for Atos in the Western Australian community?

Mike Green: Currently, Atos is playing a significant role in the digital transformation of Western Australia’s Government. Our GovNext-ICT program is a strong effort to ensure the digital future of Western Australia’s Government.

Thank you very much Mike and the Atos team for sharing your story more with us. We at Airborne IT are looking forward to working together with you and your team to close the gap in access to education technology and opportunities for the State’s regional and remote learners. 

If you would like to find out more about Atos in Australia, visit:  https://atos.net/en/australia

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