WIPRO BAGS LAVASA, FOSTERS $200M DEALS

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WIPRO, India’s thirdbiggest software exporter, has won two outsourcing contracts estimated to be around $100 million each from Australia’s biggest brewer, Fosters, and Lavasa Corp, a unit of Hindustan Construction Company (HCC).

While the Fosters contract involves managing and supporting the wine major’s IT infrastructure, data centres and different business applications across Australia, US and UK, Wipro will build IT services infrastructure for Lavasa’s first town Dasve.

Having won several large deals including a $100 million contract from Origin Energy in Australia’s over $6.5 billion outsourcing market last year, Wipro continues to increase its footprint in the new markets. When contacted, a Fosters spokesman confirmed the transaction.

"Fosters and Wipro are in discussions regarding global IT infrastructure services, data centre and applications support. The discussions are part of ongoing business efficiency initiatives. Wipro was chosen after a comprehensive tender and offer the capability to service our global operations and deliver significant costs savings with a combination of online, telephone and field staff services,” said Troy Hey, Fosters’ spokesman.

   Fosters is already in the process of shifting members of its internal IT team. “We are currently discussing transition arrangements with our people. Employees impacted by this approach in Australia, the United States and the UK will be offered alternative roles where available or provided full redundancy payments and career transition support,” Mr Hey added.

Meanwhile, Fosters is not planning to outsource any back office and call centre jobs as part of this transaction.

"Discussions are limited to internal Information Technology services and all customer and consumer call centre services remain managed by Fosters teams in Australia, the United States and the UK,” Mr Hey added.

At a time when new business is increasingly becoming tough to come by, Australia has emerged as a great opportunity for the outsourcing vendors. Other recent outsourcing contracts awarded by Australian companies include the $1.2 billion deal from Telstra and the over $100-million contract from Origin Energy.

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