Manugistics opens global development centre in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, March 21 | Updated: Mar 22 2005, 05:36am hrs
The $243 million Nasdaq-listed Manugistics Group, Inc, a global provider of synchronised supply chain and revenue management solutions, has opened its product development centre in Hyderabad, which will focus on end-to-end product development for the world market.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday to announce the product development centre, Jeffrey L Kissling, chief technology officer and senior vice-president, Manugistics Group, said that unlike other companies, the US parent will transfer ownership of all the products to the Indian product development centre (DC) to enable it to have its own intellectual property and help produce new products for the global markets.

With globalisation, there is a need to align all the services-oriented delivery models together and the company finds India to be the best place to move its products ownership not only for the cost advantage but also because of the countrys domain and skilled professionals, Mr Kissling said.

The local product DC is responsible for the continuing development of high-level software solutions supporting consumer goods, retail, government and revenue management (travel, transportation and hospitality), industries, he said. The company has over 1,200 clients across the globe, he added.

We plan to increase our manpower from 30 to 300 in the next 18 months and expect to end calendar 2005 with 200, said Salil Joshi, who has been appointed managing director of India operations. The India DC is responsible for full life-cycle product development of supply chain management, logistics and revenue management solutions.

From conceptualisation, high level design and coding to delivery, the Indian DC will work in all aspects and create its own IP products.

We have the culture, technology, products, domain expertise, software products and performance management to be an unique company among the supply chain products development companies in the world, he added.