Wipro receives Most Outstanding Alliance Partner of the Year Award in Asia-Pacific and Japan from HP

by Editor 1/12/2010 7:11:00 PM

Wipro Technologies, the global IT services business of Wipro Limited, announced that it has been awarded the Most Outstanding Alliance Partner of the Year Award from the Software and Solutions group at HP during HP’s annual Asia-Pacific & Japan Partners @World Cup, held recently in Guangzhou City, China.

The HP Software and Solutions Most Outstanding Alliance Partner of the Year award for Asia-Pacific and Japan recognizes one partner for its success in helping HP’s customers optimize the business outcomes of IT. Wipro has delivered strong performance in the Asia-Pacific and Japan region. Wipro’s delivery capability and close collaboration with HP has helped them bag the largest Quality Control software deal in Japan and the largest Software as a Service (SaaS) deal in the Asia-Pacific and Japan region.

This is the third time in the last five years that Wipro Technologies has been recognized by HP Software and Solutions.

Speaking on this occasion, Sr. Vice President and Global head for Wipro Testing services Gangadharaiah C.P said, “We are excited to receive this award from HP Software and Solutions for 2009. This award validates the fact that alliance with HP is successfully delivering collaborative innovation through best-of-breed solutions and addressing the evolving customer’s needs by positioning new SaaS Models in the Industry today.”

“Customers benefit from faster time to market as a result of the HP and Wipro combination,” said Brad Kern, vice president, Worldwide Alliances, Software and Solutions, HP. “Wipro’s vast number of trained testing services professionals combined with HP applications testing products helps deliver this advantage.”

Wipro and HP Software & Solutions are global partners for more than 5 years now. Wipro Testing Services has been working strategically with HP around its entire portfolio of Test Lifecycle Management Tools, which also includes developing new Solutions for Joint Go-To-Market and delivering enhanced customer value through newer business models like SaaS. HP’s testing tools have further strengthened Wipro’s Testing-As-A-Service (TaaS) offering.

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Wipro joins open handset alliance

by Editor 1/8/2010 3:59:00 PM

Wipro Technologies, the global IT services business of Wipro Limited, has joined the Open Handset Alliance, extending its device development and service Integration expertise around Android – an open mobile phone software stack.
 
The Open Handset Alliance (OHA) is a partnership of more than 60 global mobile industry leaders working together to accelerate innovation and offer consumers an enhanced mobile experience. Wipro will now enable its customers in conceptualizing and creating devices on the Android platform along with providing differentiating solutions and applications translating to faster time-to-market for the clients.

Wipro is currently engaged with a number of Handset Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Telecom Carriers, Semiconductor companies, Consumer Electronics and Automotive companies on multiple Android based product developments. “Joining the Open Handset Alliance will help us turn around Android based products and solutions faster with rich feature-sets,” said Nagamani Murthy, Vice President of the Mobile, Automotive and Consumer Electronics Group, Wipro Technologies. “With most device vendors now releasing Android based phones, we foresee an impressive growth on this platform. The Open Handset Alliance membership will enable us to satisfy the strong customer demand,” she added.

Wipro has been focusing on developing differentiated applications on the Android platform along with testing frameworks. The IT major has had a strong Linux background augmented by robust in-house training and proof-of-concepts. These investments have enabled Wipro to help its customers in releasing Android based products in the market.

Wipro offers wide spectrum of mobile platform expertise ranging from development on industry standards and customer proprietary platforms, device engineering to Application/UI development expertise. Wipro works closely with leading mobile semiconductor players and has also supported many leading Tier 1 OEMs across the world in building complete phone software.

Wipro is the world’s largest third party product engineering services provider and was recently rated as the #1 R&D Service Provider globally by leading analyst firm, Zinnov based on an overall rating spanning across factors like financial strength, business models, innovation & expertise, people strength and operations.

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Watson Wyatt: Employers likely to continue improvements to HR technology in 2010

by Editor 12/29/2009 8:08:00 AM

As companies prepare for the economic recovery, many are poised to enter 2010 with renewed interest in improving their HR technology systems, processes and organizational structures, according to experts at Watson Wyatt, a leading global consulting firm.

“In the current economy, organizations will keep a watchful eye on their spending as they analyze their investments in HR technology,” said Steve Hitzeman, national leader for technology and administration solutions consulting at Watson Wyatt. “Employers are likely to continue or even increase their cost-savings initiatives by taking steps to globalize and streamline the HR function, scrutinize their vendor relationships and strengthen their service levels.” 

Watson Wyatt HR technology experts identify these emerging themes for 2010:

Scrutinizing vendor relationships and sourcing options. Employers with vendor contracts that are up for renewal will evaluate whether they have received optimal value from those relationships. For example, employers that aren’t satisfied with their HR business process outsourcing might decide whether to stay in their contracts next year, or revert to outsourcing to multiple vendors with specialized services.

“Rather than place all of their eggs in one basket, many companies will migrate to a blended, co-sourced service delivery model,” said Dan Vander Hey, senior technology consultant at Watson Wyatt.

As disenchantment with the time requirement and expense of platform hosting and technology upgrades grows, Watson Wyatt experts also expect many employers will continue to embrace software-as-a-service (SaaS) options. These options help reduce costs by providing access to software via an external provider.

Globalizing the HR function. A growing number of multinational organizations are expected to focus on standardizing their HR processes, organizational structure and systems, such as payroll, across borders. 

“In an increasingly global workplace, employers will be challenged to strike a balance between having consistent standards for their HR technology and processes across the different countries they operate in, while not losing sight of region-specific issues,” Hitzeman said.

Investing in a consumer-grade experience for workers. Companies will grow more comfortable with Web-based, consumer-oriented applications that convey HR information through interactive and self-service tools. Many will look to technology to boost employee collaboration and lower costs by expanding the use of social media or leveraging their portals.

“The recession spurred many employers to assess their technology capabilities and priorities,” said Hitzeman. “In the coming year, tight budgets and cautious spending will compel many companies to look for a strong business case that justifies taking action.”

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Atos Origin now certified in Run SAP Methodology

by Editor 12/22/2009 8:49:00 PM

Atos Origin, an international IT services company, has been certified by SAP AG as a provider of solution implementation based on the Run SAP methodology, the company said. Atos Origin is among the first Global SAP partners to be certified in the Run SAP methodology and will incorporate the methodology into its implementation standards.

“By adopting the Run SAP methodology into our own implementation standards, we are going beyond the vision of implementing the solutions required by our customers,” said Paul Bray, senior vice president and global head of SAP solutions at Atos Origin. “We are now providing our customers the proven methodology for managing their SAP applications through end-to-end solution operations standards. This will empower our customers to manage their SAP applications more efficiently and at a lower cost.”

Run SAP methodology is a phased methodology based on world-class knowledge. It provides best-practice procedures, content, services, training and tools for end-to-end solution operations, along with a standardized and proven implementation method. The Run SAP methodology focuses on application management, business process operations, and administration of SAP solutions. The methodology describes how support should be implemented across the lifecycle design, set-up, operations and optimization. In addition, with its best-practice documents for solution operations, it describes how to implement end-to-end solution operations for different SAP software-based business processes.

“We applaud Atos Origin’s achievement as a global SAP services partner certified in the Run SAP methodology,” said Dr. Uwe Hommel, executive vice president of Active Global Support at SAP AG. “By adopting the end-to-end solution operations standards provided by the Run SAP methodology, Atos Origin will deliver to its customers a higher level of effectiveness and efficiency.”

Run SAP is an integral part of SAP Enterprise Support services, a holistic support model designed to enable continuous improvement and successful solution operations at lower risk and cost.

SAP customers will realize the benefits of operating with the end-to-end standards. SAP standards for solution operations are a prerequisite for the continuous improvement of SAP solution operations. Not only do they enable automation, reducing the cost of operations, but also improved traceability and an audit trail, helping companies to achieve cost efficiency, quality assurance and compliance enablement.

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IT jobs most suitable for offshoring – new Roland Berger study

by Editor 5/6/2009 3:34:00 PM
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A third of UK jobs at risk of being sent overseas, according to a new report from strategy consulting firm Roland Berger.

Roland Berger consultants polled senior executives at 200 multinational firms based in the UK and the responses show that operating costs in the UK will prompt companies to move core functions abroad. Around 29 percent of the workforce in the companies included in the survey could be replaced by lower-cost labour by 2015. More than 50 percent of the executives polled have either begun the process or are considering to do so.

Information technology was cited by most as the most suitable function to offshore, with 69 percent of the executives saying that they are considering the move. Other than IT, jobs most likely to be offshored are in customer services (64 percent), research and development (61 percent) and sales management (59 percent).

As many as 81 percent of the executives surveyed said they planned to offshore key business areas within the next six years.

David Stern, UK managing partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, says: “This trend towards offshoring is markedly different from the international outsourcing we have seen to date, with both knowledge economy jobs and core business functions now being exported to economies which are more competitive in the global environment. These are unlikely to return once the economy picks up, a trend which threatens a permanent rise in UK unemployment, leading to falling revenues and ultimately a decline in GDP.”

“The government must help UK companies and employees become more competitive in the global market place, otherwise the trickle of jobs moving offshore will become a torrent,” he added. “This will require reducing bureaucracy, enhancing the skills of the labour pool and alleviating the cost burden on business, but this will present a huge challenge in the current economic climate.”

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Deloitte report: Workforce reductions get deeper, more difficult to make

by Editor 5/6/2009 3:30:00 PM
Deloitte released a new study yesterday that shows how talent managers and high ranking executives worldwide are adapting their workforces to the economic crisis.

The study, “Managing Talent in a Turbulent Economy: Navigating a Course Through Rough Waters,” was conducted in association with Forbes Insights.

Here are the key findings on talent management in the present economic climate:

• Cutbacks and layoffs dominate the corporate talent agenda -- Nearly half (47 percent) of the 397 international executives questioned reported layoffs over the last three months, markedly more than those who had predicted layoffs (38 percent) in our January study. Of the companies surveyed that experienced layoffs in the last quarter, 71 percent expect more layoffs in the coming quarter.

• Workforce reductions get deeper and more difficult to make -- Forty-three percent of executives surveyed list "role necessity" as a key factor in making decisions about workforce reductions -- a 17 percentage point drop from January. Additionally, past and current performance is no guarantee of job security with less than half of managers surveyed (45 percent) reporting this is a top factor.

• Layoff survivors are also feeling the impact -- By strong margins, executives surveyed reported that over the next 12 months their companies are more likely to decrease rather than increase compensation levels (25 percent to 15 percent), benefit levels and packages (32 percent to 14 percent) and discretionary perks such as subsidized food and parking (39 percent to 12 percent). Corporate bonuses are also being pared back, with more than a third (35 percent) reporting they expect bonuses to decrease this year.

• The intersection between risk and talent remains a critical issue for all organizations surveyed -- By a 2:1 margin compared to total respondents, executives surveyed in CFO/Treasurer/Comptroller roles were more likely to disagree that employees in their firms knew how to identify fraud and other behaviors that could endanger their companies. The senior executives polled in the study expect significant challenges to persist and few of them believe that the worst is over as their workforce cuts are becoming deeper and harder to make.

Jeff Schwartz, principal, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting LLP, says: “It is a true sign of the times as austerity measures now outrank efforts to increase sales and serve customers as top priorities for these executives. Even these companies' most skilled employees have begun to feel the pain of the weakened economy, and their managers are struggling with how best to align their workforces with the reality of what many expect to be a prolonged downturn."

The full report is available on Deloitte’s website.

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Upcoming consulting career events

by Editor 4/30/2009 4:49:00 PM
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The Top-Consultant.com team is organising several career events over the next few months aimed at consultants who want to fast-track their careers and industry professionals considering a move into the consulting industry.

Bi-monthly workshops, How to Ace Your Case Study Interview, are designed to help job candidates who have not had much success with case study interviews in the past and find them to be a bit of a challenge, make sure they have the knowledge and confidence they need to improve their chances of landing the consulting job they want. 

The workshops will take place on Friday, July 17th at 4pm and Wednesday, August 12th at 6:30pm. For more information and to apply, visit Top-Consultant.com.

The Art of Selling Consulting Services, Top-Consultant’s most popular seminar ever, helps consultants win more business for their firms. The seminar has already attracted more than 800 consultants from such big firms as Capgemini, PwC, Deloitte, A.T. Kearney and SAP Consulting, so the Top-Consultant.com team has scheduled an additional date – July 10th – with the content tailored specifically around the theme of winning more clients in a recessionary market. To learn more about the event, click here.

Finally, there is the seminar titled “Revitalising Your Consulting Career – Securing a Career Move in Consulting in 2009.” This will be an evening event in Central London on Monday, June 29, followed by a series of conference calls. The seminar is aimed at consultants who want to make sure they have the greatest insights into where the job and career opportunities lie, how to get hired into these organisations and how to outshine other candidates at job interviews. For more information, visit Top-Consultant.com.

To browse and apply for the latest consulting jobs online, visit ConsultancyRoleFinder.com.

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Management Consultancy Recruitment Channel Report 2009

by Editor 4/20/2009 4:46:00 PM
Top-Consultant.com has released the 2009 Management Consultancy Recruitment Channel Report. In its eighth year, the study aims to help consultancy recruiters and job candidates improve their odds in the job market in the challenging economic climate.

The Management Consultancy Recruitment Channel Report consists of two surveys: a survey of 877 management consulting job candidates from all the major consulting firms, including Accenture, Capgemini, PA Consulting, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PwC, EDS, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, and a survey of 142 recruiters working in the consulting industry.

The report covers such areas as recruitment trends and budgets in the downturn, recruiters’ expectations, industry sectors expected to generate most recruitment activity within consulting, functional areas of consulting expected to be most active this year, most likely source of hires, retention rates in 2009, most frequent reasons why people leave consulting and most popular jobs they move on to, recruitment channels, candidate attraction, most popular recruitment channels, past, present and future trends in candidate application behaviour, candidate intentions, and most popular individual recruitment consultants, recruitment agencies and internet job site suppliers.

The Recruitment Channel Report, available at Top-Consultant.com, is sponsored by Mindbench.  

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Management Consultancy Virtual Careers Fair, February 20 - register now

by Editor 2/17/2009 4:33:00 PM
Top-Consultant.com's second Management Consultancy Virtual Careers Fair is now open to registration. The virtual career event for consultants eager to explore their career options takes place this Friday, February 20.

The Management Consultancy Virtual Careers Fair offers consultants and industry professionals the opportunity to browse the latest consulting jobs and to apply and chat with company representatives and recruiters on their virtual stands, all without leaving their own room or office.

To find out which consulting firms will be exhibiting at the event and how to register, please visit Top-Consultant.com.

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Deloitte reports 34 percent rise in graduate job applications

by Editor 12/1/2008 4:12:00 PM

Consulting firm Deloitte has reported a 34 percent surge in graduate job applications at its Scotland offices, led by a 59 percent hike at its Edinburgh office.

Deloitte will accept the same number of graduates - about a thousand - in the UK as it did in previous years. The consultancy says that the number of job applications in Scotland has been on a steady rise for the past several years, but that now even more graduates applied early for 2009 because they are concerned about paying off their student debts and finding available positions.

Graduate job applications rose 40 percent across the UK. Deloitte's talent partner Jim Boyle says: "I've found that some graduates who might ordinarily take a post-university gap year have been applying to Deloitte during their final year rather than wait until they return. The number of applications to the three Scottish offices for 2009 is very healthy and testament to the quality and range of jobs available at Deloitte."

"The current economic climate has not affected our graduate recruitment plans," says Sarah Shillingford, graduate recruitment partner at Deloitte. "At this stage, we are anticipating around 1,000 graduate vacancies, broadly the same number of graduates as previous years. A number of graduate recruiters have cut back on recruitment figures and, as a result, more students are competing for pur positions than ever before." 

"Students graduating in 2009 face a tougher job market than those who graduated in previous years," Shillingham added. "The value attributed to job security by students is higher than I have seen before, both in terms of the employers they are attracted to and the timing of their applications." 

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