Unisys Mulls BPO, IT Outsourcing From India

Mumbai: | Updated: Aug 28 2003, 05:30am hrs
Information technology services and solutions company Unisys is evaluating the possibility of offering business process outsourcing (BPO), applications maintenance and IT outsourcing services out of India.

Unisys president and general manager - global transportation Olivier Houri said, India is becoming more and more strategic to Unisys. There are currently a lot of things in the transition phase and hence it would be too premature to disclose any details at this point in time. But the company is evaluating the option of running some of the BPO and IT outsourcing operations from here.

He added that the chances of setting up a centre in India for these services cannot be ruled out.

Unisys, he explained, places a lot of importance on research and development (R&D). While the company currently has no development centre here, it has been outsourcing its R&D work to a couple of its Indian partners.

Mr Houri said the company will continue to invest in R&D in India in terms of building more solutions from here that will be deployed globally.

Unisys focuses on five sectors transportation, financial sector, government, communications and media and commercials which includes retail and life sciences.

Mr Houri said that there are a lot of opportunities in the transportation sector in India. He added that Air India is one of the largest clients of the company. It provides Air India mainframes, software and services for freight systems and passenger services systems which includes reservations and departure control systems.

The company plans to approach other players in this segment to offer them technology services as well as high-end consulting and outsourcing services.