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India’s HCL opens Estonian operation to support Nordic customers

HCL Technologies opens an Estonian delivery centre which will support customers across Europe, including those in the Nordic region

Indian IT services giant HCL Technologies is continuing its European expansion with a delivery centre in Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn.

The 100-seat centre will become part of HCL’s global delivery network and will focus on modern IT that is transforming its customers’ operations.

Estonia’s president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, opened the centre. Tallinn was chosen because of the availability of skilled workers and its close proximity to Nordic economies, to provide nearshore services to its customers in the region. HCL will expand further in the Baltic region

“The geographic location of Tallinn on the shore of the Baltic Sea, in close proximity to Finland and Sweden as well as the rest of the Nordic countries allows convenient access all across northern Europe and Benelux,” said HCL.

Viljar Lubi, ambassador of Estonia to India, said: “Java, Phyton is the new lingua franca in India-Estonia relationship.

“I am absolutely convinced that our collaboration in IT has by far the strongest spillover effect in enhancing the relationship between our two countries.”

HCL Technologies financial services president Rahul Singh said Tallinns' high quality IT talent will create stronger service delivery for existing customers. “This centre marks the opening of the ninth delivery centre in Europe which gives us robust network to provide seamless flow of work for our customers,” he said.

As part of HCL’s larger European strategy to accelerate technology innovation and cater to the demands of customers, it will invest in migration, application modernisation and future-ready architecture for digital services.

HCL will be delivering a number of services to its customers from the Tallinn centre, including application development, digital and core systems transformation, legacy modernisation, and infrastructure services.

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Indian suppliers such as HCL, which grew rapidly due to their offshore services delivered from India, are advocates of global delivery networks to take advantage of different regions. The Nordic region is a key customer region for HCL.

In March 2015 the supplier opened a 100-seat centre in Norwegian capital Oslo as a hub to provide IT infrastructure and application services to its customers in the Nordics.

HCL started its operations in Europe in 1999 and is present in 18 European countries with offices in countries including the UK, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and Poland. It employs more than 4,500 people in Europe serving about 200 European customers. While Estonia is a small country, it punches above its weight when it comes to the use of IT.

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