Wipro open development centre in Melbourne

By Nathan Dukes

Wipro today announced the inauguration of a new development centre in Melbourne, for consulting and software development, to service local customers.

The South-Melbourne centre was opened by Victorian Premier John Brumby and Rajat Mathur, Senior Vice President and Chief Sales and Operations Officer at Wipro Australia.

Origin Energy, one of Wipro’s largest customers is Origin Energy, is expected to benefit greatly from the new centre.

Origin Energy and Wipro signed a partner agreement in October 2008 for the provision of IT services in Origin’s retail business transformation project.

“We are transforming our Retail business and Wipro is a key partner on that journey, providing back office services and expertise in SAP system implementation,” said Origin Executive General Manager, Frank Calabria.

“The Melbourne Development Centre is the key location for Wipro delivering those services to Origin and we are pleased to support the official opening today.”

Premier John Brumby congratulated Wipro for its decision to open the centre here in Melbourne.

“Today’s announcement re-affirms why Victoria is a great place to do business with a growing economy, highly skilled workforce and supportive government,” Mr Brumby said.

Mathur said a growing number of Australian customers were leveraging Wipro’s global scope for their IT projects.

“Wipro is extremely pleased to be increasing its investment in Australia by establishing this new centre in Melbourne,” Mathur said.

“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.”

Melbourne was chosen as a location due to its ‘conducive business environment, ready talent pool and the city’s excellent infrastructure’.

The centre currently employs close to 130 people mostly Australian nationals and the IT major plans on increasing this headcount as and when the business demands.

Wipro said the centre will extend their service capabilities in conjunction with its existing presence in Parramatta and Adelaide.

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