Sharp Labs on a growth curve

By siliconindia staff writer   |   Monday, 25 October 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: Sharp Software Development India (SSDI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sharp Labs America, USA, is on a growth curve.

The growth plans entail significant increase in the scope of development undertaken at SSDI besides a desire to move to its own campus in Bangalore in the near future. SSDI, currently in it's 6th year of operation, has completed five successful years of operation during which it has gained ample credibility among members of Sharp Corporation, Japan.
Cumulative investment in SSDI over the past five years is over US$10 million, which would be further scaled. The company did not specify the exact quantum of further investment stating that it would be significant enough in keeping with the plans unveiled.

Addressing reporters on the occasion of SSDI's fifth anniversary celebrations, Jack Van Oosterhout, President, Sharp Labs America, said," R&D for one of a kind products being a key competitive advantage in all the businesses that Sharp Corporation plays in, we see a renewed emphasis on Sharp Labs of America and Sharp Software Development India which are part of Sharp's R&D resource.
With India moving up the value chain in capabilities and the technology space, we are confident that our Indian development arm is ready to shoulder further responsibilities. In the months and years ahead, we would like to increase SSDI responsibilities in software development and also actively persuade other business divisions of Sharp to work with the Indian development arm."
Added Praveen Kanipakam, President, SSDI," The Indian development arm has made significant strides in the past five years with major deliveries in time and with acceptable quality and has had direct impact on Sharp corporation's revenues. We have closely worked with the digital Imaging & digital document system group of Sharp, which is responsible for digital copiers, printers and MFP's across the globe. Increased scope of work and SLA's desire for increasing responsibilities are attestations to the confidence espoused in the Indian arm by Sharp Corporation and we hope to build on that and make the Indian development center far more strategic in the overall R&D scheme of Sharp Corporation."

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