IT-services firm Atos has revealed ambitious plans for the Indian market. In the coming years it aims at ramping up its presence in India to both boost offshore delivery capability and seek business from the region. The French-based technology player has set the target to add about 10,000 staff to more than double its workforce in India by 2016.
Atos was a relatively latecomer in the Indian market, first starting its Indian operations in 2010 in Pune. The at the time 1,000 employees were primarily in place to service the parent company as a delivery centre. Yet over the past few years the firm has grown strongly, to approximately 10,000 employees. Looking at the long-run, the objective is to bring down the share of off-shore delivery work and build the share of independent IT and consulting work.
In an interview with an Indian newspaper Milind Kamat, CEO of Atos in India, states that the country organisation wants to double the current workforce by 2016. “We are making heavy investments in India and outside in recruiting new people, including delivery, sales force, pre-sales and marketing professionals”.
The move from Atos follows the footsteps of many US and European IT services firms such as Accenture and Capgemini. The latter, for example, has announced plans to grow to 70.000 employees in 2015. The rival of Atos currently has roughly 50,000 working across various centers in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Trivandrum and Salem.