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Thursday, Jan 31, 2002
Corporate - New Projects
Infosys forays into testing space
BANGALORE, Jan. 30
SOFTWARE major Infosys Technologies Ltd has forayed into independent software-testing services. The company has recently set up a separate core group InSolaTER (Infosys Software Labs for Text Execution and Research) for this new initiative.
The core group currently had a strength of about 50 professionals having experience in different domains, Mr Arun Ramu, associate Vice-President, Independent Software Testing, said.
The team could be scaled up later depending on the requirements, he added.
Infosys had set up an exclusive performance lab for this new initiative, which would offer offsite facilities to its customers.
The group would also offer onsite services and manage testing labs for global companies, he added.
The testing services offered by this new group covers projects in almost all the domains. "The members of this team are above the level of project managers and each of them can handle clients on his/her own by raising his own team, whose size can vary from three to seventy engineers,'' he said.
The new division expects to cater to the requirements of mainly independent customers. "We also cater to the requests of our existing customers,'' he added. Infosys had already bagged some major clients in this area, Mr Ramu said declining to detail specifics.
Contribution of revenues from this group is likely to be marginal this year.
However, next year the software-testing group was expected to contribute significantly, he said. "Of late, there has been a lot of interest in this business'' he added.
Globally, the demand for testing is expected to grow exponentially in the future as mission critical applications are increasingly relying on software.
The software testing was primarily dominated by small and medium companies and with the entry of biggies such as Infosys, this space is likely to see significant activity.
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