Emirates to open its R&D center in Bangalore

By Vidya   |   Tuesday, 27 February 2007, 06:00 Hrs
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Dubai: Mercator, the IT division of Emirates Group is planning to open a software development center in Bangalore. The center will undertake the open source and software for the operational side of airlines. This would include work on the projects for both in-house as well as for other airlines.

According to company sources, the idea behind the Bangalore center is to raise its headcount to keep with the rising demand. The investments would be in the order of a couple of million dollars according to a national daily. The center could either be a division of Mercator or a joint venture with one of the company's existing partners- IBM, Satyam and Oracle.

The center plans to induct 300 engineers into its Bangalore center and add to the current headcount of 1,500 in Dubai. Mercator offers software including RAPID for revenue accounting, travel software, Web-based cargo systems and customer relationship management (CRM) software.

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