Bullish On India, HP To Roll Out Advanced Tech Centre In Blore

Mumbai: | Updated: Jan 23 2003, 05:30am hrs
Technology giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) has zeroed in on India which it says will become its software showcase centre for Asia Pacific. HP is setting up an Advanced Technology Centre, in Bangalore, which will be the second of its kind worldwide for HP. In addition, the companys engineering centre has also developed an adaptation of the OpenView manageability software that will now be deployed globally.

Nora M Denzel
In an exclusive interview, Nora M Denzel, senior vice president, software global business unit, HP, said the company is using its engineering centre in Bangalore to currently install state-of-the-art manageability tools.

To be rolled out in the next couple of months, she says this centre from our Bangalore facility will be the gateway to Asia.

Through this centre, the customers of HP in Asia Pacific will be able to see and test their applications and software live before installing it.

Declining to comment on the employee strength of the centre in India, she indicated that the number of employees has increased post the merger with Compaq.

The first Advanced Technology Centre of the company was set up in the Americas and the company is contemplating setting up the third one in Europe.

Bullish on the prospects of HPs Indian operations, Ms Denzel said that the engineering lab in India has moved up from doing maintenance work to developing products themselves, which the company will be introducing in the global marketplace this year. She said: India is really an integral part and is on an equal footing with our engineering labs around the world. So we are really excited to be here expanding our role in the production of software from here.

A product from the engineering lab in India for global deployment is the Adaptation to the OpenView manageability Software called OpenView Composer.

This product, she explained, eliminates the intervention of a third party for integration and would come up with out-of-the-box solutions on its own.

Ms Denzel explained: What our Indian engineers figured out is that 85 per cent of what customers require is similar. Then why not give them a product which would give them what they want so that systems can get up and running quickly and the changes could be made later.

She added that the company has witnessed significant growth in revenues from India and China. India, she added, was a significant piece of the companys revenues and strategic to HPs growth.

The company is increasing its presence and is stepping up its investments in R&D.