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TCS sets up engg centre to help SMEs

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High-end engineering workstations for design and analysis
Secure storage facilities.
A team of engineering solution specialists.

Coimbatore , March 5

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has unveiled its first `engineering centre of excellence' in Coimbatore. This consulting-led initiative is expected to enable SMEs to innovate and access global markets.

The TCS Vice-President and Head - Engineering and Industrial Services, Dr Ravi Gopinath, said that a study undertaken by the company had indicated that the SMEs in and around this region had been doing well on the export front, but `the process was not structured. It depended on the initiatives of the individual units.'

TCS, therefore, decided to step in to connect companies from low-cost countries to their global innovation networks through a `first-ever' joint-solution of IT, software and consulting services with the launch of Asian Sourcing Network (ASN).

`ASN combines the extensive supplier research assessment and negotiation capabilities of A.T. Kearney Procurement Solutions with the collaboration, content exchange and sourcing enablement of UGS Technologies and TCS's consulting services to offer low-cost sourcing as a packaged solution,' Mr Joe Raudabaugh, President, A.T Kearney, said.

Stating that the company has created a high-end environment for the SME units to walk in `design a part, take up an assignment and complete a task within a couple of weeks by deploying a software provided by UGS,' Dr Gopinath said TCS has made a beginning by starting to work with 180 SMEs. `We are in the process of classifying their capabilities. We have created an elaborate database that reveals their strengths and weakness. We are hoping to come up with some recommendations over the next six months. They would be more on the lines of upgrading their facility or expanding their network significantly. We have started working with individual units,' Dr Gopinath said in reply to a query.

Addressing a press meet after inaugurating the facility, Mr S. Ramadorai, CEO and Managing Director, TCS, said the company was keen to locate the centre in a tier-II city and Coimbatore happened to be the ideal destination because of its manufacturing strength. "The opportunity for growth is phenomenal,' he said.

The centre of excellence would comprise facilities such as high-end engineering workstations for design and analysis, secure storage facilities and a team of engineering solution specialists. TCS is planning to replicate this model across other manufacturing clusters in a phased manner. Company sources were, however, reluctant to divulge the investment details.

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