Wipro opens South Melbourne development centre doors

Outsourced Origin Energy staff to operate out of new Victorian location

Indian IT services provider, Wipro, has unveiled a development centre in Melbourne to provide consulting, software development, testing and business process services.

The centre’s opening at a ceremony in South Melbourne attended by Victorian premier, John Brumby, comes in the same month Wipro announced a substantial deal with Origin Energy.

Earlier in March, Origin Energy said 396 IT roles in its retail business would be outsourced to Wipro.

About 240 of the 396 Origin IT staff have transferred to Wipro under the initiative and will work out of the new centre.

“Wipro is extremely pleased to be increasing its investment in Australia by establishing this new centre in Melbourne,” Wipro senior vice president and chief sales and operations officer, Rajat Mathur, said in a statement. “Australia is an important market for us and we enjoy a good deal of business success here as Australian companies demonstrate a continued appetite for our global service delivery model. Wipro looks forward to continued investment in the state of Victoria and elsewhere in Australia.”

Wipro also operates similar centres in Parramatta in NSW and Adelaide in South Australia.

In September last year, Fosters announced it was also moving its entire US, UK and Australian helpdesk infrastructure and support functions to Wipro, resulting in an unknown number of redundancies at the global beverage company.

A Fosters spokesperson at the time could not confirm the total number of IT staff affected, but said the group had more than 200 staff working across the group. Fosters is believed to have about 100 IT staff working in Australia.

Computerworld understands none of positions outsourced by Fosters will be based in the new Wipro Development Centre in South Melbourne.

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