Satyam absorbs 128 Motorola staff

Written by Corporate Bureau | Hyderabad, Nov 11 | Updated: Nov 12 2008, 06:42am hrs
Motorola and Satyam Computer Services Ltd announced that Satyam has acquired 128 Motorola employees. This acquisition will create synergies and boost their competitiveness in Malaysia and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Motorola will divest from its software development center (SDC) in Cyberjaya. All 128 employees along with the units assets will shift to Satyam.

The SDC is part of Motorolas Home and Networks Mobility business and focuses on network management system development. This strategic acquisition will integrate and strengthen Satyams product engineering services to network equipment providers and operators in the areas of element management, mobile solutions and access networks, said Nishith Mathur, head of Satyams Technology Infrastructure business unit.

This is a unique effort that will continue to drive Motorolas strategy in Malaysia, will strengthen our competitive position, and improve cost structure and operational efficiencies, said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, corporate vice-president, software operations and WiMAX and LTE engineering, home and networks mobility.

When the deal is closed, subject to regulatory and other customary conditions, and completed by December 31, 2008, Motorola will contract directly with Satyam for development services of its market-leading network management software.

This partnership reinforces the promise of the Cyberjaya Multimedia Super Corridor to attract new and dynamic research and development ecosystems, said Virender Aggarwal, head of Satyams rest of the world region. In fact, Satyam is developing a 15-acre campus in the Super Corridor, which will create both operational efficiencies for related development projects and career opportunities for our new employees and many other people in area.

Motorola employees who join Satyam will immediately have access to Satyams world-class training programmes and they will gain exceptional career development opportunities.

These Motorola professionals are steeped in capabilities that are in high-demand all over the globe, Aggarwal said. As such, they represent a very valuable group for our organisation. We are always trying to increase our skills in strategic areas, and this agreement helps us in that regard significantly.

For its part, Motorola is committed to delivering on customers expectations without disruption or distraction. The software development centre provides significant efforts for both internal programmes important to customer deliverables and for external Motorolas global customers. Our commitment to those programmes remains strong, Ramakrishna said.

Motorola is a large investor and employer in Malaysia. Penang is a major site for Motorolas operations, as it is home to Motorolas largest manufacturing site for two-way radio products in Asia and the only design centre for two-way radios in the region.

As of to-date, Motorola has invested a cumulative amount of over RM3.5 billion in Malaysia to focus on key activities such as human capital and R&D technology developments in producing products such as digital two-way radios, advanced wireless communications products, equipment and accessories.