Jaguar-Land Rover to tap TCS for IT resources

August 4th, 2008 - 8:14 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 4 (IANS) The new chief executive of Jaguar-Land Rover (JLR) wants the iconic British automakers to be able to tap into the global information technology resources offered by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). “There are two or three areas where it would be good to bring in their expertise,” David Smith told the Financial Times newspaper, adding these included cutting costs and making use of TCS’ IT resources.

The Indian IT major serves 800 companies around the world and employs some 110,000 people.

In comments published Monday, Smith said JLR will be able to make quick decisions under the Tatas because of a combination of better resources and autonomy of decision-making.

He said “financial constraints made life much more difficult” under previous owners Ford of America.

“Tata wants us to be autonomous - I’ve got all the executive authority I need to make both the day-to-day and the long-term executive decisions without having to consult with Ratan [Tata] and Ravi [Kant, Tata Motors' chief executive], my fellow board members,” he told the Financial Times in an interview.

“We can make decisions quickly - that’s what will be most different from life at Ford… What we have seen of Tata is that it is a very principled organisation, with corporate social responsibility high on the agenda, but which works differently from the US or European model,” he added.

“In terms of governance, we have set up a small strategy board - Ratan, Ravi and me - and we will meet every couple of months and review progress on plans, strategies and future products.”

The newspaper said Smith expects Ratan Tata to offer ideas on products and Kant to provide inputs on cost-effective engineering.

Smith also told the FT that there is no large-scale restructuring in sight, and that industry’s fears of a big shift of sourcing to India are exaggerated.

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