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After Capgemini, Atos Origin to bet big on India, hire 10,000 staff

Atos Origin is the new competition for Indian IT cos, as it plans to add about 10,000 staff to more than double its workforce in India by 2016.

, ET Bureau|
Feb 07, 2014, 04.28 AM IST
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Atos Origin is the new competition for Indian IT cos, as it plans to add about 10,000 staff to more than double its workforce in India by 2016
Atos Origin is the new competition for Indian IT cos, as it plans to add about 10,000 staff to more than double its workforce in India by 2016
BANGALORE: Atos Origin is following in the footsteps of larger rival Capgemini and ramping up its presence in India to both boost offshore delivery capability and seek business from the region.

The Indian arm of the 8.5 billion euro IT services provider is the new competition for Indian IT companies, as it plans to add about 10,000 staff to more than double its workforce in India by 2016.

The company started its Indian operations in 2010-11 in Pune, with roughly 1,000 employees primarily servicing the parent company as a delivery centre, but today, it is building its own army of sales and marketing and while bringing down the off-shore delivery work.

"We have tried to drive transformation in English speaking territories and India, which is not only service delivery but also business acquisition," said Milind Kamat, CEO at Atos Origin India.

He added that in the last one year the company made heavy investments in India and outside towards "delocalising" and putting together the team including delivery, sales force, pre-sales and marketing for addressing both global and local markets.

It has got a fast-growing team of sales executives looking at sales in North America and the UK.

"Datacentre and Infrastructure required clients proximity, however we also assist them in remote infrastructure management, but our strength is in ADM, which can be delivered from the India centre at better cost," Kamat said.

In India, Atos has been working on a Cloud Orchestration Platform that won the 2013 NASSCOM Process Innovation Award. Cloud Orchestration platform is designed to help organisations manage their cloud environment and according to the company they have got over 35 clients for the platform.

Atos Origin India is following the lines of many US and then the UK-based IT services firms such as Accenture and Capgemini. Atos entered the Indian market as a delivery center, but slowly started ramping up their sales team to tap local and other markets. Capgemini India, for example, over last decade has increased the workforce to about 40,000 with various centres in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Trivandrum and Salem.

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