To support its evolving industrialisation strategy, SQS, the world’s leading specialist in software quality, has announced the expansion of its Pune-based Centre of Excellence for managed testing services. The footprint of the site, which is in the Maharashtra region of India, will be increased by 133 per cent (from 6,000 sq. m to 14,000 sq. m), providing SQS with the capacity to increase technical staff numbers from 1,000 to 3,000.
The Centre of Excellence specialises in serving the needs of SQS customers in the manufacturing, retail, logistics, energy and utilities sectors. With the city’s highly-skilled population and strong engineering capabilities, the SQS team at Pune is ideally located for recruiting talented technical staff. The expansion reflects SQS’s global industrialisation strategy, which sees testing locations aligned with global skill sets.
Gireendra Kasmalkar, CEO at SQS India, said, “After starting operations in India through an acquisition, being in Pune has played a major role in SQS India meeting the Group’s objective of being the leading scalable off-shore destination. So we are only too happy to keep the virtuous cycle going by investing even more in Pune. This creates a win-win for us and for the experienced professionals passionate about taking the testing industry forward.”
“We have been extremely pleased with the talent we have been able to attract so far. With the vision announced by the Group about the role of Pune, we plan to take the game to the next level. Luckily for us Pune is an attractive destination for both the domain experts in our key verticals – manufacturing, insurance, ERP, telecom, retail, legal and gaming, and the highly skilled test experts. This gives us tremendous confidence in our plans,” said Santosh Kamble, Manager Talent Acquisition, SQS India.
To endorse the announcement, Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra met with Diederik Vos, CEO at SQS Group and Gireendra Kasmalkar, CEO at SQS India, at the Hannover Messe on 13 April. The Chief Minister presented SQS with a certificate, demonstrating his support for SQS’s expansion in Pune’s Special Economic Zone and agreed to inaugurate the facility when it opens at the end of the year.
About SQS (Software Quality Systems)
SQS is the world’s leading specialist in software quality. This position stems from over 30 years of successful consultancy operations. SQS consultants provide solutions for all aspects of quality throughout the whole software product lifecycle driven by a standardised methodology, offshore automation processes and deep domain knowledge in various industries. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany, the company now employs approximately 4,100 staff. SQS has offices in Germany, the UK, Australia, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, the UAE and the US. In addition, SQS maintains a minority stake in a company in Portugal. In 2014, SQS has generated revenues of €268.5 million.
SQS is the first German company to have a primary listing on AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange. In addition, SQS shares are also traded on the German Stock Exchange in Frankfurt am Main.
With over 8,000 completed projects under its belt, SQS has a strong client base, including half of the DAX 30, nearly a third of the STOXX 50 and 20 per cent of the FTSE 100 companies. These include, among others, Allianz, Beazley, BP, Centrica, Commerzbank, Daimler, Deutsche Post, Generali, JP Morgan, Meteor, Reuters, UBS and Volkswagen as well as other companies from the six key industries on which SQS is focussed.
For more information, visit: www.sqs.com