Dell to ramp up software development activities

Updated: Feb 19 2002, 05:30am hrs
A year after launching its direct sales presence in India, the US-based Dell Computers is now looking to ramp up its global support and software development operations in India.

Company sources indicate that the company is seriously contemplating expansion of its Bangalore-based support and development activities catering to the global requirements of the company.

The proposed visit of Dells founder and chief executive Michael Dell to India in mid-March was also seen as an indicator to the companys ambitious plans in India.

Micheal Dell would be visiting Bangalore for a day sometime in mid-March this year, said the company sources. Mr Dell will be coming to India after almost 18 months. He was here in September 2000 to kickstart the Indian operations.

Dells India operations are currently divided into two parts: Indian sales and support as well as global support and development. The global support operations have grown substantially in the last one and half year and some of the high-end software development work is also being done in India, said a senior company official.

However, Mr Dell is not the only global infotech leader bullish about Indioa. Nortel Networks chief executive officer Frank Dunn will also be landing in India towards the end of March.

Mr Dunn is likely to meet Indian government officials and existing as well as potential customers, according to an official of Nortel India. During his two-day India tour, Mr Dunn will be visiting both Delhi and Mumbai. This is the first time that the companys CEO will be visiting India and this reflects the companys seriousness towards India, the company spokesperson said. However, sources close the company indicated that Nortel might be looking at setting up a manufacturing base in India.

The Indian infotech sector is also abuzz with talk of the possible visit of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) chairman and chief executive Richard S Brown sometime during the first half of this year. Industry sources indicate that EDS is also looking to expand its Indian presence in the near future.