In November 2007, British Airways CIO Paul Coby took two or three days out of his busy schedule to fly halfway round the world to open a ‘2.0 upgrade’ to a small section of one of his suppliers’ offices. He’d been there a year earlier, too, performing the initial ribbon-cutting.
Why Tata Consultancy Services’ Travel and Hospitality Innovation Lab should be so important to Coby has started to become apparent in recent months, as BA has begun talking about the structure and ‘deliverables’ of its evolving relationship with India’s largest IT services company.
As our cover story, ‘Offshore 2.0’, highlights, TCS had earlier spotted one of BA’s key “pain points”, and, with BA’s guidance, threw its R&D teams into alleviating that. The result was a highly sophisticated cabin crew management system that BA has since implemented across the airline group and which TCS will shortly use to enter the airline applications sector. The two companies will share the royalties.
BA is not alone in seeking to tap into the passion that Indian companies now have to establish themselves as the source of technology and business process innovation within their clients’ businesses.
In Chennai alone, not far from TCS’s labs, are innovation and R&D facilities of Satyam, Cognizant, EDS and others. And across
The desire is to move up the value chain to higher-margin engagements. But the move is also a reaction to some worrying developments in the Indian low-cost economy. The depreciation of the dollar against the rupee has had a massive impact over the past year.
As one executive told us: “It is now becoming increasingly difficult to relocate senior people abroad – because their salary actually goes down in many ways. Someone with 15 years’ experience will be paid the equivalent of $100,000 in
People now want to work in the West for career exposure only; it is not for the money, he said.
Before he left
Weathering that dollar-induced storm is as big a challenge in the coming year for Indian companies as establishing themselves as innovation partners. As always, there are some compelling reasons for executives such as Paul Coby to keep a regular eye on what is happening in India
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