View Full Version : US cancels $15.2-mn contract with Tata Consultancy

November 22nd, 2003, 08:24 AM
New York: A 15.2-million-dollar contract between a subsidiary of India-based Tata Consultancy Services and an American state agency has been cancelled, falling victim to politics in view of elections in the US next year.

Indiana state's Governor Joe Kernan, a Democratic candidate for elections due in November next year, has ordered the State Department of Workforce to cancle its contract with Tata America International Corp, a subsidiary of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), to upgrade state computers processing unemployment claims.

Kernan said on Saturday that the agency's request for competitive proposals had been put together and advertised in a way that "virtually knocked Indiana companies out of the running," 'Indianapolis Star' reported.

A spokeswoman for TCS was quoted as saying that "this is a decision for the state of Indiana to make, and TCS will comply.

No Indiana firms had submitted bids for the contract, the Star said. "That is not the way I choose to do business," it quoted Kernan as saying.

Top aides to then-Governor Frank O'Bannon had signed off on the politically sensitive, four-year contract before his death on Sept 13. State officials got a number of letters and phone calls complaining about the contract after the Star wrote about it on Sept 29.




November 22nd, 2003, 10:40 AM

This justifies what shiv sena is trying to say! When a rich state like Indiana is concerned about a mere 15 mn. dollar contract Maharashtra's people have a right to be concerned about losing jobs to any outsider - even to an Indian from any other state!

Indiana's governer is concerned about the job security of Indiana residents and so it Shiv Sena's concern.


If people from any other state want a better life and good jobs why don't they remain in their own state and develop it? Why don't they create their own fuking job market!?

If shiv sena says "Maharashtra is for Marathis" why don't people from other states have some self-respect and try to make their own state better than Maharashtra?

This is specially true for all of the rice-rassam states of india who have a lot of skilled ppl but no big companies to absorb them!

Banglore and Hydrabad have absorbed some burden of mumbai but they are focused on IT only - we need more towns with a wide spectrum of jobs!

Shiv Sena has a point! :D:D

November 22nd, 2003, 04:25 PM
has answered and covered all points which I would have also stated.

Its all about protecting local jobs and local economy.

November 23rd, 2003, 11:24 AM
Originally posted by echarcha
has answered and covered all points which I would have also stated.

Its all about protecting local jobs and local economy.

yeah Indiana is protecting jobs from foreign workers, while Shiv Sena is protecting jobs from their own countrymen .... Indiana cancelled the contract, Shiv Sena is using power against the helpless applicants ... did state of Indiana in any way threaten or beat up TCS employees? If shiv sena really wants to do it, they should get the govt. to make law against hiring the outsiders to those positions ... but then they know that other states will not hire mahrashtrians. goonda raj? what else this is? they sleep with the underworld, lick their asses and beat up the outsiders - marad log hein na.

anyway, like others have said, some maharshtrians are good for ramgadi jobs only.

November 23rd, 2003, 11:36 AM
Its just a question of filling up the talent pool . If that makes the companies to hire out of state personnel , that has to be done .. agar shiv sena ko itni mirchi lag rahi hai to start development and education programs to better the life of an average Marathi guy so that he is qualified enough to compete with a non-Marathi
the same argument can be forwarded to local Americans too . They dont have a good degree and qualification and then cry abt losing jobs to aliens ...

Democracy ki ma chud rahi hai ... thats the bottmline ..

November 23rd, 2003, 11:44 AM
Originally posted by zbra

anyway, like others have said, some maharshtrians are good for ramgadi jobs only.

wat exactly does ramagadi mean --- does it mean the local dabbewallahs on bombay roads ...

If u dont know there are the most organized business in Mumbai ... it is recognized by IIM's and it has a 6-sigma ..

tere mein dum hai aisa business chalane ka ... gaali deta hai ramagadi ko ...

aur mujhe pata hai tu mujhe bhi lavdey ka baal kahega ... but i dont care coz its not u its ur senses

December 19th, 2003, 04:16 AM
CBA to take more IT jobs offshore
James Riley
December 18, 2003

A GROWING number of IT jobs at the Commonwealth Bank have been moved offshore to development centres in India and New Zealand as part of outsourcing arrangements with partner EDS, it has been revealed.

More IT work could head offshore to support the bank's moves to cut costs and improve efficiencies as part of its $1.4 billion "Which New Bank" customer service reforms, according to group executive and chief technology officer Bob McKinnon.

EDS, which signed a ten-year outsourcing agreement with the bank in 1997, had performed a growing amount of software-related work for CBA at its 600-employee application development, maintenance and production support facility in the Indian technology centre of Chennai.

EDS Australia's CBA account director Stu Bailey said the company had also conducted CBA work at its newly opened centre in Auckland in New Zealand.

Mr Bailey said moving work to offshore sites was not always a cost-saving exercise, but more often related to getting a product or project completed faster.

When CBA acquired Colonial, for example, Mr Bailey said EDS had used Chennai - as well as Auckland and Adelaide facilities - to speed the integration process.

Mr McKinnon said any plan for work to be conducted offshore was always done in consultation with the bank. In the case of services outsourced to third-party company's like EDS, "off-shoring" was generally a matter for that company, he said. CBA had no intention of doing any work currently performed in-house to an offshore outsourcing facility.

Although the CBA had signed a series of smaller outsourcing deals with suppliers like IBM Business Consulting and HP Services for projects outside the EDS contract, Mr McKinnon defended EDS's performance as a bank partner.

He said while the EDS contract was a "whole of enterprise" undertaking, it was never intended to be exclusive across all areas of IT operations.

The Australian


December 19th, 2003, 04:17 AM
Infosys acquires local Expert
Simon Hayes
December 18, 2003

INDIAN outsourcing giant Infosys has given itself a leg-up on sub-continental IT service competitors by acquiring Melbourne-based Expert Information Services in a $31 million deal.

Expert, which has contracts with Telstra and National Australia Bank, logged total revenues of $46.7 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, and a net profit after tax of $7 million.

The acquisition gives Infosys, which has thus far been battling head-to-head with other outsourcers like Satyam and Tata, a significant advantage in terms of local customers and experience.

While successful in the US, Indian companies have generally found it difficult to convince Australian CIOs and boards of their commitment to the local market.

Only recently have companies like Telstra made concrete moves towards offering significant chunks of work.

"We are excited about this transaction," said Infosys director and and chairman-designate, K Dinesh.

"Australia is a very important market for us and this transaction reaffirms our commitment to this market by significantly enhancing our local presence."

The deal is due to be completed in January, and is subject to a three-year earn-out period. On completion Expert will become Infosys Technologies (Australia).

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