Microsoft expanding fast in
India outsourcing� to double employees in India by 2006
Microsoft plans to augment its
outsourcing operations from India.
The world�s largest software company plans to double its
staff strength at its Indian centres in Hyderabad and
Bangalore by March 2006, a top company official said late on
"We aim to ramp up the strength at the India Development
Centre (in Hyderabad) by another 1,000 professionals," Tess
Field, Microsoft's head of human resources in India, said on
the sidelines of a management convention.
The Hyderabad campus in Andhra Pradesh is the software
maker's largest campus outside the United States and provides
product development and support services.
The 28-acre (11 hectare) campus, which opened last
November, also houses a global delivery centre and is part of
a three-year, $400 million investment plan for India announced
Microsoft also plans to double the headcount to around
1,000 staff members at its technology centre in premier
software hub of Bangalore, Field said.
India's $17.2-billion software services industry employs
about 1 million people. Exports of software and business
services are forecast to grow 30 to 32 per cent in the year to
March 2006, powered by the country's low-cost, IT-savvy and
Biotech and Clinical trials
will dwarf IT and BPO boom in outsourcing � golden days of
India is coming in full force
India is emerging as a major
hub for global clinical trials and this new sector is poised
to generate more revenue than the Information Technology
industry by 2010, an industry leader has forecast.
"India is going to be one of the major hubs for clinical
trials in the next five to seven years," Dr Krishna M Ella,
Chairman and Managing Director of Hyderabad-based Bharat
Biotech International, one of India's largest biotech firms,
The `Biotech CEO Summit'''', the first of its kind to bring
together the various stakeholders of the biotech industry in
India, will be held here on September 23 to discuss a strategy
to achieve a US$5 billion revenue target by 2010. The summit
will discuss various topics, including leverging India's
BioPharma strengths through global partnerships and making
India the hub of global clinial research and Biotech
laboratory of the world, senior assistant editor of
BioSpectrum - the organisers - Ch Srinivas Rao said here on
Wednesday. Over 50 CEOs and heads of top biotech research
centres and policymakers are expected to attend the summit, to
be inaugurated by the Union Minister of State Science and
Technology Kapil Sibal, BioSpectrum, a cyber Media (India) Ltd
"I believe that by 2010, the revenue of clinical trials may
surpass even software industry of India," Ella, who is heading
a FICCI biotech delegation to China, said. Multinational
companies like Aventis,
and Novartis have already moved the clinical trials to India,
One of the reasons for the growth of clinical trial sector
is the availability of large number of private hospitals in
India, he said.
"Almost 70 per cent of the hospitals in India are privately
owned and most of the doctors are trained in the United States
and United Kingdom. Since they have English-language
capability, they can understand the protocol and Good Clinical
Practices (GCP) issues.
This is a very significant factor for the clinical trials,"
India�s outsourcing bandwagon
in full throttle - Omnicell opening of a wholly-owned
subsidiary in Bangalore, for research, development and quality
India�s outsourcing bandwagon
is in full throttle for now!
According to media sources, the NASDAQ-listed Omnicell,
Inc. has announced the opening of a wholly-owned subsidiary in
Bangalore, which will operate as a research and development
and quality assurance operation here.
"The India subsidiary complements our US operations",
Omnicell's Executive Vice-President, Operations, Chris Drew,
said in a company statement.
"We decided to establish a direct presence in India to tap
the talented, highly educated workforce available there and to
take advantage of the attractive economics. We have made a
long-term commitment to operating in India, and we expect
Omnicell India to significantly enhance our development
capabilities", he added.
New Omnicell India General Manager, Rich Arnold said: "We
have a great working relationship with our team in India and
believe the new operation will be a positive step forward in
expanding Omnicell's global reach".
According to the statement, Omnicell is a leading provider
of patient safety solutions which are used in throughout the
healthcare facility - in the pharmacy, nursing units, surgical
services, and "all the way to the patient's bedside".