IBM that offers end-to-end solutions from hardware to software, services and consulting, is planning to start its operations in Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Interestingly, some 200 odd native Gujarati employees of the company located at IBM Pune establishment, have requested IBM management to consider their plea to start operations in Gujarat.

Its not the company, but employees who are eager to work in Gujarat and employees are none other but more than 200 Gujaratis working with IBM in other parts of country, informed company sources

According to Anupam Saxena, director of Infocity, Gandhinagar, IBM officials have initiated talks with the Infocity officials for the proposed shift of operations to Gandhinagar.

“We were trying to bring IBM in Gujarat since couple of years but company was never so keen to start its operations in Gujarat and now a strength of more than 200 employees wants to come back to their motherland for which company has decided to meet our officials,” claimed Saxena.

He added that negotiations are going on and very soon concrete decisions will be taken.

Similar to IBM, another Pune based company Cybage Software Private Limited, has more than 40 per cent Gujarati employees.

“Talks with Cybage are under process. Around 1200 people are working in the company and out of them around 400 are Gujaratis who are eager to shift to Gujarat,” said Saxena.

Even IT companies are seeing that in Gandhinagar infrastructure is available at low cost compared to Banglore, Pune and Gurgaon where the power failure is a major problem.

“In other cities Gujaratis have to hire a flat on rent and savings are almost zero but if they shift back to Gujarat, they can stay with their family and can save money,” explained Saxena.

While talking about other companies, Saxena said that recently MphasiS opened its BPO based on domestic call center in Ahmedabad and for international call center they are planning to start their operations Infocity after March 2006.

“By next fiscal they have plan to start 1,000 seating capacity office at Infocity. They will be starting international call center over here,” he added.

Source: Buisness Standard