Accenture opens new technology lab in Bangalore

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 30 November 2006, 06:00 Hrs
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Bangalore: Accenture has opened a technology lab in Bangalore, which will focus on R&D in systems integration and software engineering. The goal being to enable businesses reduce cost and improve the quality of technology solution delivery.

India was chosen as the fourth location for Accenture Technology Labs to have an innovation team co-located with one of its largest client delivery teams. Speaking on the occasion, Don Rippert, Chief Technology Officer of the $17 billion Accenture said, "There is no future for Accenture without a major presence in India. I would not say the same thing, if I am standing in Germany."

R&D professionals from India’s leading universities and research and software engineering institutes will staff the Bangalore facility. Company officials estimated the core team to grow to over 100 researchers and developers.

The corporation currently employs 23,000 professionals in India across seven cities and 10 facilities accounting for 18 per cent of its total workforce and is the second largest concentration after the United States. The new lab will work along with labs at Palo Alto (California) and Chicago (Illinois) in the U.S and Sophia Antipolis in France.

“The gap between India and the US is closing rapidly and by the time I retire, it will not be a surprise if India will house the largest number of employees in Accenture,” exclaimed Rippert, who has spent 26 years with Accenture.

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