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Wipro builds cloud services for the future

Karl Flinders

Indian IT service provider Wipro Technologies has announced its strategy to provide services via the cloud.

Wipro is using Oracle grid computing software to build a software as a service (SaaS) platform known as w-SaaS. It will enable existing and new business applications to be delivered as services over the internet.

Indian IT service providers dominated for years by providing highly skilled workers at a lower cost. But the arrival of IT services via the internet means these companies must invest in new delivery models or lose their advantage.

Wipro is not alone in investing in new delivery models, with other Indian firms also moving into the cloud.

India's biggest offshore IT service provider, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), is piloting a cloud computing service in India, ranging from e-mail and networking to applications such as HR and finance.

But until a major customer adopts cloud computing these platforms will remain works in progress.

Andy Gallagher, consultant at Compass Management Consulting, said every IT service provider has to be ready with a cloud services platform.

"Everybody has a cloud computing strategy, but a lot of it will just be marketing hype until a supplier signs a major cloud computing deal with a big customer."

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