Tata Will Drive Chrysler`s ITBy Lawrence Walsh | Posted 2008-02-21 Print
India-based outsourcing firm won a multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract to
provide the struggling American automaker with IT support and services.
Tata Consultancy Services, a subsidiary of the multibillion-dollar India-based Tata Group, won a major contract to provide IT services to struggling American automaker Chrysler.
announcement made this week, Tata said it would provide the third-largest
“This growing trusted partnership is a testament to TCS’ competencies and capabilities which continue to help the customer in its business transformation by providing innovative IT services scalable to their needs,” said N. Chandrasekaran, executive director and chief operating officer of Tata Consultancy Services, in a statement. “The expertise and in-depth knowledge of the automotive industry and Chrysler’s business, coupled with our ability to deliver certainty of results will provide sustained value to Chrysler.”
Chrysler was not available for comment, and Tata declined to provide more specifics on the contract. Neither firm would comment on whether the deal will affect Chrysler jobs or result in cost savings for the carmaker.
IT outsourcing is a growing trend among multinational enterprises. Several major Global 2000 companies have announced IT outsourcing initiatives to shave operation costs and gain access to IT talent. In January, Royal Dutch Shell announced it would outsource most of its IT operations in an effort to save more than $500 million annually. When the deal is initiated in June, Shell is expected to layoff up to 90 percent—or 3,200 people—of its global IT staff.
Tata Consultancy Services is a sister division to Tata Motors, a company that
will compete in
Consultancy Services is no stranger to the global automotive industry. More
than 15 percent of its $4.3 billion in annual revenue comes from services
provides to auto manufacturers. The company says it provides product
development, manufacturing, supply chain and customer service support for most
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