Wipro Accelerates Business by Aligning Closely with Microsoft

11/19/2004 - Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) announced several milestones in their five-year partnership with Microsoft Corp. The announcement was made in conjunction with a meeting between Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro Ltd. and Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corp. at Wipro’s headquarters in Bangalore.

With more than 5000 employees focused on delivering Microsoft® technology solutions to customers, Wipro has established separate practices to support Microsoft.NET and infrastructure related business opportunities in response to customer needs and accelerating business growth. Within the past five years, Wipro has rapidly expanded its Microsoft related business and expects that growth to gain momentum.

Wipro has recently aligned key internal business units to provide a broader range and suite of Microsoft related consulting services to enterprise customers that include platform strategy consulting, product engineering services, application integration and management, IT infrastructure and BPO services, across key verticals that include Retail, Manufacturing, Energy & Utilities, Healthcare and Financial Services.

Wipro has also collaborated with Microsoft on joint solution development covering seven key focus areas: Business Process Management, Help Desk Management, Retail Point of Sale, RFID, Zero Touch Deployment, Hospital Information System and the Store Manager Workbench. Wipro developed the Store Manager Workbench solution for METRO Group, one of the leading retailers in the world. The solution utilizes Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 to gather customer data from in-store systems, ASP.NET applications and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 to predict wait times, Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to present the information in real time, and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2003 to alert store managers if the wait times exceed a preset limit. The METRO Group expects that shorter queues will increase customer loyalty, and anticipates adding more functions to the core Workbench architecture.

Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro said “The integrated innovation of the Microsoft platform offers Wipro customers increased business agility while significantly reducing total cost of ownership. The Wipro and Microsoft alliance provides us with a significant opportunity to accelerate our business as more and more, customers are looking for ways to reduce their IT spend while gaining in the areas of security, application availability and productivity.“

“Wipro offers deep industry expertise and a rich portfolio of solutions that build on the Microsoft platform to help customers reduce costs and grow their top line,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Corp. “We look forward to evolving our relationship with Wipro and helping customers worldwide realize more value from their IT investments.”

About Wipro Limited
Wipro Limited is the first PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified IT Services Company globally. Wipro provides comprehensive IT solutions and services, including systems integration, information systems outsourcing, package implementation, software application development and maintenance, and research and development services to corporations globally. In the Indian market, Wipro is a leader in providing IT solutions and services for the corporate segment in India offering system integration, network integration, software solutions and IT services. Wipro also has profitable presence in niche market segments of consumer products and lighting. In the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets, Wipro provides IT solutions and services for global corporations. Wipro's ADSs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its equity shares are listed in India on the Stock Exchange - Mumbai and the National Stock Exchange, among others. More information is available at www.wipro.com.

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