Digital Harbor plans ODC in India

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 24 December 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: Digital Harbor, provider of solutions for better co-relating applications over the net, will be opening its ODC in Bangalore in the last days of January 2004.
Said MD of Digital Harbor India, Ashish Agarwal, "we will begin with around 30 people and will scale up to 100 within the next twelve months. We will also be setting up a captive support center for our US clients here in nine months from the starting of operations at the ODC."

Digital Harbor produces the Professional Interactive Information Environment (PiiE), an application platform built on J2EE and XML. According to the company, it enables enterprises to build and deploy fast, contextual Internet applications across functional and system boundaries. PiiE Fusion Server and PiiE Smart Client are the two elements that make up the platform.

"The development center here will be working on future enhancements of the platform as well as new products apart from increasing product compatibility with various platforms. In fact, the next version of PiiE, PiiE 4.2 will come out mainly from India. But for the most part, the ODC will be working in co-ordination with our two other development centers in the US – one in Virginia and one in Utah," said Agarwal. He was also quick to add that the Indian center will not mean any job losses in the USA. The company has close to 85 people working on product R&D at present.

Digital Harbor, whose biggest customer is the US Department of Defense, said that it might be looking at India as a market in the future. "Right now we just have a horizontal platform that spans domains. We will go industry specific with vertical platforms maybe a year from now. India will open up as a market then," informed Agarwal.

Eidea Labs Inc. management in 1999 with venture capital funding acquired Digital Harbor, which was formed in 1997. The company was reticent to provide details on its investment plans in the country.

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