Novell plans $100 mn expansion of India operations

April 17th, 2008 - 12:45 am ICT by admin  

Bangalore, April 16 (IANS) US software major Novell will invest an additional $100 million over the next three years to scale up its India operations, including research and product development capabilities, a top company official said here Wednesday. “As our largest facility outside the US, the India development centre is key for our global engineering initiatives, including our award-winning products and technologies. The India centre has contributed a great deal in developing a suite of IT integrated management software products and delivering inter-operable Linux and other platform services.

“We are committed to invest $100 million in the next three years to ramp up our India operations,” Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian told reporters here at the subsidiary’s new facility on the outskirts of India’s tech hub.

The 700-seat new facility will enable Novell India to take up product development, engineering and testing in new verticals and provide solutions to its customers worldwide.

“We have end-to-end product development and product management responsibilities for several products and ownership of components of other global products. The right-blend of technology-oriented work, good infrastructure, and a great work culture enables us to attract talented engineers and serve our global customers,” said Narsh Shah, Novell India managing director.

The India subsidiary of the $932-million firm employs about 600 software and product development engineers in the Bangalore facility.

The company’s CEO and its top officials declined to reveal the cumulative investment made over the last 14 years since it began operations in the sub-continent or its hiring plans over the next three years to leverage its expansion plans.

The Waltham (Massachusetts) headquartered Novell helps customers to reduce cost, complexity and risk with a suite of products and solutions that can run on Linux operating system and other open-ended platforms.

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