PeopleSoft expands India operations

PeopleSoft has announced it will triple the headcount at its services and development operations in India by the end of the year.

PeopleSoft has announced it will triple the headcount at its services and development operations in India by the end of the year.

The business applications software supplier will add 1,000 people to its India Services Centre (ISC) and India Development Centre (IDC).

Both centres have a total staff of 400. The IDC became part of PeopleSoft after it acquired JD Edwards. 

"The [Bangalore] centees have played a significant role in enabling PeopleSoft to lead the way in lowering cost and improving our customers' total ownership experience," said Ram Gupta, executive vice-president for products and technology at PeopleSoft. 

"Our plan is a natural progression for us, in direct response to the high quality, rapid output we are seeing from our centres in India, and customer demand for high quality, offshore implementation services."

PeopleSoft operates the two centres in partnership with two software services providers, Covansys and Hexaware Technologies. PeopleSoft has partnered with Hexaware to establish the ISC, and with Covansys for the IDC.

Under a build-operate-transfer model adopted by PeopleSoft, both Hexaware and Covansys place their development and services staff and a management team at the centres, although the investment and overall direction for the centres are provided by PeopleSoft, which has the option to take over the operations at a later date.

The two centres focus on the development, implementation and support of PeopleSoft Enterprise, EnterpriseOne and World product families for customers worldwide.

John Ribeiro writes for IDG News Service

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