Nasdaq-listed Polycom to ramp up engineering team

Sangeetha Chengappa Bengaluru | Updated on January 19, 2018 Published on February 05, 2016

Michael Frendo, Executive Vice-President of Worldwide Engineering, Polycom Inc

Nasdaq-listed, global provider of enterprise-grade video collaboration solutions, Polycom Inc, has ramped up its engineering team in India, making it the California headquartered company’s largest R&D centre in the world.

Polycom has two R&D centres, one in Hyderabad staffed with 200 engineers and the other in Bengaluru with 100 engineers and has just opened a third centre in Delhi.

“India has moved from third place to become our No. 1 R&D destination, followed by the US and China. The country’s rich talent is much more affordable than engineers from Silicon Valley, therefore we decided to ramp up our engineering workforce here. We are on-boarding 150 engineers into our three centres, which will be completed by June, taking our headcount to 450,” Michael Frendo, Executive Vice-President of Worldwide Engineering, Polycom Inc, told BusinessLine. The company has 350 engineers in the US, 320 in China and 20 in the UK.

While most multinational captive R&D centres that operate out of India are entrusted with parts of overall product development, Frendo believes in empowering the India team with end-to-end product ownership. “The Bengaluru team owns our immersive Telepresence capability and our web-based client capability. The Hyderabad team owns complete voice capability and our Delhi team that specialises in server-based technologies will work on one particular infrastructure product” said Frendo.

Target areas

Polycom’s video collaboration solutions for India are targeted at small to mid-size meeting spaces, mobile and tablet devices across industry verticals spanning enterprise, manufacturing, education, medical and government.

A Frost & Sullivan report pegs Polycom’s market share in video conferencing systems and infrastructure segment in India at a high 44 per cent, a market where it competes with Cisco and Avaya.

Benoy CS, Director, ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan, said: “Polycom’s focus on providing interoperable, scalable and open standards based solutions combined with its partnerships with unified communications vendors further strengthen its position in the market.”

Founded in 1990, Polycom is a $1.3-billion company that employs 3,500 people, has over 415,000 customers and partners with industry leaders, including Microsoft, IBM and Hewlett-Packard, to enable organisations around the world work more productively.

Published on February 05, 2016
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