Many of the recent developments in Hyderabad can be attributed to giant leaps that the city has taken in the field of information technology and IT enabled services. It started with the setting up of numerous call centers and business process outsourcing (BPO) companies in 1990. Although the city entered the foray long after Bangalore, it contributes more than US$1 billion in India’s ever burgeoning IT exports every year.
The major driving force behind the IT industry boom in Hyderabad can be attributed to the bold initiative that resulted in setting up an integrated township called HITEC City. Most of the companies presently operating from Hyderabad’s HITEC City, have large campuses and are related to IT in some respect or another. Spread over a large area, HITEC City has some of the country’s best buildings that now house Fortune 500 companies and other IT giants.
The list of companies housed in these buildings in and around HITEC City read like a virtual who’s who of the IT and IT enabled services, calls centers and business process outsourcing industry. The area boasts of software technology campuses that have been set up by multinationals like Microsoft, Motorola, Oracle, Google, Amazon, Dell, Accenture, IBM, Amazon and Indian giants like TCS, Infosys, Wipro, and Satyam.
The Hyderabad International Convention Center is India’s most technologically advanced convention center with a 287-room business hotel, Novotel Hyderabad. Hyderabad International Trade Expositions Limited (HITEX) is the corporate heart of HITEC City and the most modern exhibition center in India.
Microsoft in Hyderabad focuses on developing applications using its products and technologies like, VB.NET, ASP.NET, SQL server, Yukon, XML web services, SOAP and BizTalk Server with continuous process improvements using six sigma and TSP/PSP. On other hand, the top Indian IT company, TATA Consultancy Services main thrust is in domain areas such as telecommunication, e-governance, biological sciences, ports and shipping.
The most recent development in the area has been that of AMD−SemIndia Consortium’s decision to set up India’s first ever semiconductor manufacturing facility, Fab City, which will amount to a fresh investment of US$3 billion. The feather in Hyderabad’s cap is that it was chosen in spite of tough competition from Bangalore.
All of this has been made possible by extensive conceptual and implementation planning to allow solid background support for the companies coming to Hyderabad. The facilities available in Hyderabad’s HITEC City not only provide smooth functioning of the operations of corporations but also enable a healthy entertaining environment for the professionals.