Accenture opens another facility in India

Accenture Ltd. has set up its tenth services delivery facility in India.

Accenture has opened its tenth delivery center in India, as part of its strategy to locate its services delivery facilities close to where there is good quality staff in the country.

The company is locating the new facility at Gurgaon near India's capital city of Delhi. Gurgaon and Noida, also near Delhi, are part of the National Capital Region (NCR) which is a booming center for software development, call centers and business process outsourcing (BPO).

Besides serving the company's global customers, the new facility at Gurgaon will also address growing demand within India for its services, Accenture said Monday.

Accenture will be recruiting staff from the NCR for the new facility, which will have a capacity of 1,100 seats. It will also offer opportunities for experienced Accenture professionals across levels and technology specialties to relocate to Gurgaon, the company said.

The company's other nine facilities in India are spread across five cities - Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Pune. The company has increased its staff significantly in India over the last three years from less than 4,000 in 2003 to 19,000 as of May this year. These staff service over 200 Accenture customers.

A number of multinational services companies including IBM and Electronic Data Systems Corp. (EDS) are expanding in India to take advantage of the country's highly skilled and low-cost staff. French IT services company Capgemini S.A. said earlier this year that it was making India its offshore services delivery hub.

Accenture announced earlier this year that it has set up a lab in Bangalore, India that will focus on research and development in the areas of systems integration and software engineering.

The company's new services delivery center in Gurgaon will provide application, infrastructure outsourcing and systems integration services, the company said.

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