Infosys to bring down on-site employee numbers going forward

IT services provider Infosys Ltd said it has largely exhausted the possibility of improving its profit margins by increasing employee utilization levels and will focus on bringing down on-site employee numbers to boost margins. The company reported an employee utilization level of 84.9% for the three months ended December — an all-time record — compared […]

Neuland Laboratories acquires Hyderabad factory from Arch Pharma

Pharma manufacturer Neuland Laboratories said it acquired a manufacturing plant located near Hyderabad from Arch Pharma Labs Limited. The facility is spread across 12 acres and has a capacity of about 197 KL, the company said. The plant was inspected by the USFDA in 2015, it added. “These were much needed to provide flexibility to […]

Cyient joins hands with UK firm for power utility solutions

Cyient, a Mumbai-based provider of engineering, geospatial and operations management services, said it has tied up with UK-based EA Technology to jointly market each others’ services to power utilities. EA Technologies provides solutions to electric utilities to monitor and manage their assets such as cables and other electric instruments. As part of the alliance, Cyient […]

TCS sets up new delivery center in Hyderabad for US-based Zebra Technologies

Tata Consultancy Services, India’s biggest foreign exchange generator, said it has set up a Global Development Center in Hyderabad to cater to Zebra Technologies, a billion-dollar US corporation that specializes in tracking technologies such as bar codes and RFID. The new center will provide “operational efficiencies and an enhanced customer experience” for the client, TCS […]

Indian IT sector margins to fall to 21.2% from 23.5% by 2020 – ICRA

Indian IT companies will continue to struggle to maintain growth rates and their margins will continue to fall in line with the trend seen in the last few quarters, credit rating agency ICRA said. The rating agency predicted a sharp decline in revenue growth rate from about 17.1% per year in the last five years […]

Cognizant to beef up digital practice with acquisition of Zone

Continuing the trend of IT outsourcing companies topping up their digital practice with targeted acquisitions, Cognizant said it agreed to acquire Zone, a digital agency specializing in customer experience, digital strategy, technology and content creation. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to satisfaction of certain closing conditions, it […]

Infosys wins SAP contract from Finnish lift-maker KONE

IT outsourcing company Infosys said it has been chosen as a partner by lift-maker KONE for developing and maintaining its enterprise resource planning or ERP system. Infosys has been able to “transition, elevate, evolve and transform” KONE’s ERP service delivery and landscape, said Nitesh Banga, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Manufacturing, for the […]

Wipro wins seven-year deal from European utilities co Innogy

IT services provider Wipro said it has been awarded a seven-year contract by European energy company Innogy SE to manage their data center and cloud services. Wipro will help the company, which focuses on renewables, grid & infrastructure and retail, to rationalize, virtualize and consolidate their IT infrastructure, the Indian company said. The Bangalore-based firm […]

Cyient sells stake in Pratt & Whitney JV

IT company Cyient said it signed an agreement to divest its 49% equity ownership in IASI, its joint venture with Pratt & Whitney, as it exits its IT services business. The Indian company will get $1.8 mln for the stake from United Technologies Corporation, the buyer, after a dividend disbursement of $9.1 mln from the […]

Wipro’s IT to power McLaren’s sports car business

Bangalore-based Wipro won a high-profile client by signing up McLaren Technology Group, the company behind the successfull McLaren Formula 1 racing team. As part of the multi-year partnership, Wipro will deploy its HOLMES artificial intelligence platform to boost the productivity of McLaren’s fast growing automotive and high-tech businesses. Wipro has been given the title of […]

Finland’s Outokumpu upgrades IT contract with Wipro

Information technology firm Wipro said it won a five-year IT applications management contract from Outokumpu, one of the world’s biggest producers of stainless steel. Shares of the company were marginally higher at 299 rupees, up 0.6%. In 2014, the Finnish company had given a somewhat similar contract to the Bangalore-based firm, but the latest deal […]

Wipro wins 5-year IT outsourcing deal from Telenor’s Bangladesh unit

IT solutions provider Wipro said it won a five-year IT infrastructure and applications managed-services contract from Grameenphone, the Bangladesh telecom operator owned by Norway’s Telenor. Under the agreement, Wipro will manage the entire IT infrastructure of the largest mobile telecommunications operator in Bangladesh. It will be in control of end-to-end application development and management, infrastructure […]

Wipro rebrands itself, reveals new logo

Outsourced services provider Wipro Ltd said it was undergoing a rebranding to reflect its evolving business. “The new brand identity signifies a higher level of engagement and brand permission that helps clients leverage Wipro’s expertise to address their business requirements and drive future opportunities in this digital era,” the company said. As part of the […]

TRUMP THREAT: TCS not worried, says we’re not the villains

Tata Consultancy Services, the largest Indian-owned outsourcing company, said it is able to manage with 75% less new visas this year as it has changed its business and recruitment models in recent years. It also said that outsourcing was key to protecting US jobs, and is not the villain as portrayed. The statement from Rajesh […]

N Ganapathy Subramaniam appointed new TCS COO

Tata Consultancy Services said it made two appointments in the wake of the departure of Chief Executive officer N Chandrasekaran: N. Ganapathy Subramaniam, elder brother of outgoing CEO Chandrasekaran, has been appointed as the chief operating officer, and former chief financial officer Rajesh Gopinathan has been elevated to the position of CEO. Former CEO Chandrasekaran has […]

Cognizant cuts FY growth guidance to 8.5%-9.0% from 8.5%-9.5%

Cognizant, the low-margin, high-growth IT services company, seems to also have fallen prey to the ongoing slowness in the IT outsourcing sector. The company reported revenue growth of just 2.5% — less than that of Infosys — for the third quarter of this calendar year. Infosys had reported a growth of 3.5% in dollar terms, […]

Nasscom, outsourcing cos launch finance & accounting course for BPO aspirants

Tired of getting stuck with fresh recruits who do not have required skills, outsourcing companies in India, along with industry body Nasscom, have launched a new finance and accounting course. The course, created with the support of Business Process Management companies across the country, will help students in pursuing the finance & accounting occupation in […]

Persistent Systems restructures after IBM alliance

Persistent Systems, a product and outsourcing company, said it is reorganizing its business structure in four divisions. These divisions are ‘digital’, IBM, Services and Accelerite. It will also set up a new Corporate Operations office whose job will be to accelerate the four growth units. It will be headed by Atul Khadilkar. “Unique to Persistent, the […]