Birlasoft has been named the IT Partner of the Year 2005 by Mercury.

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Bangalore, Dec. 11

BIRLASOFT, the technology services division of the C.K. Birla Group, plans to ramp up its employee strength by 2,200 to take the total number of professionals on its rolls to 5,000 by the end of 2006.

It has earmarked $20 million for expansion, including the setting up of three new centres.

A 46,000 sq.ft. facility was set up in Bangalore in September, while one each in Hyderabad and Noida would come up in February and May next year.

Currently, the $250-million IT company has 2,800 software professionals working at its facilities in Chennai, Noida, and Melbourne; it will be setting a second facility at Noida. The company started its operations with a centre in Chennai in 2003.

"The establishment of new centres in Bangalore and the expansion in Noida are part of the company's robust growth plans," said Mr Kamal Mansharamani, Chief Executive Officer.

Birlasoft has been named the IT Partner of the Year 2005 by Mercury, a leader in technology optimisation software.

As a Mercury partner, Birlasoft helps its customers work in an automated and integrated manner to produce predictable business outcomes from IT, said Mr Mansharamani.

He said that Birlasoft runs an ITG Centre of Excellence with over 125 functional and technical consultants.

Birlasoft recently acquired the assets of the Sydney-based Fusion Technology Group and the intellectual property rights of Portfolio Insight, a real-time risk-based pricing and active portfolio management software.

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(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated December 12, 2005)
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