Retail Solutions Continues its Global Expansion with New India-Based Partnership and Subsidiary Office

Retail Solutions Continues its Global Expansion with New India-Based Partnership and Subsidiary Office

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and PUNE, India - Retail Solutions Inc. (RSi), a global provider of cloud-based, Big Data analytics and real-time intelligence for the consumer-products industry, today announced the formation of a new subsidiary being formed in Pune, India. The company will go by the name RSi Retail Solutions India Pvt. Ltd., and will be led by Managing Director Narayan Menon reporting to David Sun, General Manager of RSi's APAC division. RSi also announced today that it has entered into a major outsourcing agreement with Cybage Software Pvt. Ltd., a well-respected product engineering and IT services company with 200 active customers, five global development centers and organic five-year growth of 15 percent.  Cybage Software will assist with product development efforts managed by the RSi subsidiary. "Three years ago, RSi set…
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Accenture appoints Ellyn Shook as global HR head

Accenture appoints Ellyn Shook as global HR head

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BANGALORE: Accenture has appointed Ellyn Shook as chief human resources officer, effective March 1. She succeeds Jill B. Smart, who will step down after serving as chief human resources officer for the past nine years. Smart will retire from Accenture on August 31. Shook, 50, is currently senior managing director-human resources and head of Accenture's Human Resources Centers of Expertise, leading the company's human resources strategies and programs globally. She is responsible for the company's talent strategy, including career and performance management, employee engagement, retention and total rewards. In addition, she leads the human resources teams responsible for the company's operating groups and growth platforms. In her new position, Shook will join the company's Global Management Committee. "I want to thank Jill Smart for the significant contribution she has made…
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Maricopa County Selects CGI To Modernize ERP System Leveraging Company’s Private Cloud

Maricopa County Selects CGI To Modernize ERP System Leveraging Company’s Private Cloud

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FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA – CGI, today announced that it has been awarded a contract to modernize the Maricopa County, Arizona financial management system and to provide future operational support. The contract is valued at US$44.6 million over 10 years. Maricopa County joins the growing CGI Advantage user community on the heels of the State of Arizona contracting last year as well as another US state that selected CGI in late 2013 to modernize its ERP operations - a contract valued at US$78.6 million over 10 years. In upgrading to CGI's Advantage 3.10 private cloud solution, Maricopa County gains a more efficient, effective financial management system - for the first time integrating its financial, budget and procurement activities on a common technology platform. The upgrade will produce better, more accessible information, tighter…
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Ciklum and VersionOne Announce Strategic Partnership

Ciklum and VersionOne Announce Strategic Partnership

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Ciklum, one of Europe's leading providers of nearshore IT outsourcing and Agile / IT consulting services, and VersionOne, recognized by agile practitioners as the leader in agile project management tools, have formed a strategic partnership. This cooperation aims to support an ambitious program to help Ciklum's enterprise-level clients adopt and scale agile software development initiatives more efficiently and successfully. The partnership combines Ciklum's extensive experience in agile business transformation and VersionOne's strong agile management platform. VersionOne's solutions will allow Ciklum to provide the leading agile project management platform to complement its services and support for the enterprise clients with multiple teams, departments and locations being involved in R&D. "Strengthening our cooperation with an industry leader like VersionOne will enable Ciklum to enhance our support to the growing number of enterprise…
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UST Global Launches Step IT Up America, a STEM Initiative to Train and Employ Minority Women in Philadelphia

UST Global Launches Step IT Up America, a STEM Initiative to Train and Employ Minority Women in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA - UST Global, a Los Angeles-based information technology solutions and services company for Global 1000 enterprises, today held its Philadelphia launch of “Step IT Up America” an ambitious program in response to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) efforts across the country to train and find jobs for 5,000 minority women across America. Step IT Up America provides a platform to train and employ inner-city women by providing them with technological skills to launch careers in the field of Information Technology. “Right now, women make up just one fourth of the STEM workforce, and our goal is to help increase that number. This program will profoundly affect these women and the communities they come from by offering the girls an opportunity to find successful careers.” The UST Global sponsored…
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UST Global Acquires Testhouse Consultores S.A. to Bring Application Manages Services to Spanish Clients

UST Global Acquires Testhouse Consultores S.A. to Bring Application Manages Services to Spanish Clients

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UST Global announced today it has acquired Testhouse Consultores S.A, the Spanish subsidiary of the UK-based quality assurance service provider, Testhouse Limited.  The acquisition enables UST Global to leverage Testhouse Consultores S.A.’s existing service agreements with key Spanish clients and shortens the time-to-market in Spain. Testhouse Consultores S.A. has an impressive track record of working with major organizations in Spain across banking, telecommunications, the public sector, transportation, pharmaceuticals, IT, hospitality, media, and government. This partnership brings with it an opportunity to service client requirements beyond quality assurance services that exist in the Spanish market. UST Global seemed a perfect complement to Testhouse Consultores, with its range of services, growth philosophy, and global reach--especially the availability of Spanish speaking talent at its Mexico development center. With this partnership, UST Global will…
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Wipro to set a premium on work, not loyalty

Wipro to set a premium on work, not loyalty

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Wipro, India’s third-largest software services company, is making a shift in its human resources practice. While evaluating employees, it will focus more on performance than the tenure of employment. Though performance has been part of evaluation at Wipro for years, employees’ tenures at the company also played a role. “Traditionally, the way our model works is, if you have spent 10 years at the company, you are a delivery manager; if you have spent five, you are a project manager; if you have spent one, you are a rookie. Now, we are saying that’s completely irrelevant,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) T K Kurien told Business Standard. “What we are doing this year is saying, if you have skills, how many years you’ve spent at the company doesn’t matter.” The company…
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Big 4 IT cos cash in on US revival

Big 4 IT cos cash in on US revival

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Indian IT’s big four — Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys, Wipro and HCL Tech — built on their growth momentum with increase in net profits during the October-December quarter. All four beat market expectations as client firms increased their discretionary IT spend — an indication of a client firm’s IT spending pattern, which can further translate into outsourcing deals. “There are signs that discretionary IT spend is going up for certain sectors such as the BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance), retail, consumer goods and for some business verticals like analytics and digital,” said Ankita Somani, an IT analyst at brokerage firm Angel Broking. This, in fact, must be music for the “big four” Indian IT firms since BFSI continues to offer maximum outsourcing deals and digital systems is the…
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At Wipro, HCL Technologies, TCS, Infosys, others, bulk hiring is on decline

At Wipro, HCL Technologies, TCS, Infosys, others, bulk hiring is on decline

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Bulk hiring seems to be on a downward spiral in Wipro, HCL Technologies, TCS, Infosys and others as the $108-billion Indian software-services industry moves towards a non-linear mode of business with higher intellectual property (IP)-led work. While the country's leading IT players have posted encouraging earnings in recent quarters, their hiring pattern has shifted, indicating that headcount growth doesn't need to match with revenue accretion any longer. In short, IT firms now believe they needn't continue to hire big to earn more. During the recently concluded December quarter, Wipro recorded its highest sequential dollar-revenue rise in the last eight quarters despite the IT firm continuing to shed its overall headcount. At the end of the third quarter, Wipro's total employee strength stood at 146,402, a decline of 814 people when…
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TCS creates new unit to focus on digital solutions

TCS creates new unit to focus on digital solutions

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MUMBAI: Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, the largest IT services player in India, has created a separate business unit to focus on digital solutions; a segment that could add billions of dollars to the company's revenue over the next few years. The Digital Software & Solutions Group has been designed to help customers make the transition to using emerging technologies and provide modular, industry-tailored solutions, TCS said in a statement. Initial industries being targeted by the group are Retail, Communications and Banking and Financial Services, the company said. "The Digital Software & Solutions Group is a serious commitment to TCS' strategic customer partnerships through fully integrated and scalable solutions that meet their business needs and challenges, while reducing the total cost of ownership." N Chandrasekaran, CEO & MD of TCS said.…
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