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Danish IT firm Columbus to double India head count

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Danish IT services firm Columbus said that it plans to more than double its headcount in India by 2020. The company currently has over 300 employees in Hyderabad, which would grow to over 500 by 2020, Kapil Mishra, managing director, Columbus India told ET.

Columbus has just set up a Center of Excellence (CoE) in Pune which would add over a 100 people to its total headcount this year. “India is the largest single location for Columbus. We have 2000 people globally across 17 countries, and we enable most of our customers on their digitalization initiatives using India as a key base,” he said.

The company already runs a Global Development Center in Hyderabad, along with two CoEs focused on customer experience, analytics and business intelligence. The Pune center will be more focused on manufacturing. Columbus is the largest independent partner to Infor M3 worldwide, a global ERP solution major for the manufacturing industry.

“There are a large number of Nordic and Swedish manufacturing firms in Pune and we are among the largest Nordic IT firm in India so see a good opportunity to create a community around manufacturing in India. Also finding talent is easier because of the education infrastructure in the city,” said Mishra.

“Pune has a vibrant Infor M3 ecosystem which we plan to tap into to grow our consulting practice,” said Samaresh Mahapatra, Director HR & Talent Acquisition at Columbus. The company prefers to hire through campus and then train the talent rather than rely on lateral hiring. The 28-year-old firm has been present in India since 2012 and works primarily with food, retail and manufacturing companies.

A large part of the intellectual property for the firm gets created in India, developing end to end products and solutions for global customers.

Source: Economic Times