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Dutch software firm, Planon, to expand Hyderabad innovation centre

M Somasekhar Hyderabad | Updated on January 23, 2018

Planon, the Netherlands-headquartered provider of software solutions and services for management of facilities and real estate, is to expand its Innovation Centre in Hyderabad. Speaking on the 10th anniversary of the centre, CEO Pierre Guelen said the 130-strong facility will be substantially strengthened in the next couple of years. It has evolved into a delivery hub with capabilities to support customers across the world.

Planon India has leveraged the collaboration with coMakeIT, a Hyderabad-based IT service provider, to set up and scale its Innovation Centre. In the past decade it has provided integrated workplace management solutions to clients across sectors.

The CEO said Planon, founded in 1982, has over 600 professionals and serves over 2,000 customers across 40 countries, with offices in the UK, Singapore, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, India, Austria, Hong Kong and the United States.

Indo-Dutch ties

The Consul-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in India, Guido Tielman, said his country is emerging as a hub for India in Europe, with more than 200 companies having a presence in the country, creating jobs and adding value to the Dutch economy.

Referring to connectivity, he said: In about two years direct flights between the Netherlands and India have increased from one per day to five direct flights currently. Conversely, India has become a pivotal BPO base for Dutch companies, filling in the gaps in terms of IT skills that we experience in the Netherlands,” he said according to a press release.

The Netherlands is the fifth largest investment partner globally and in the last three years has emerged as the third largest source of FDI for the country, the Consul-General said. While large Dutch companies such as Phillips and Shell have focused on setting up their offshore teams in India and making India their Asia hub, TCS and Infosys are focusing more on the Netherlands by setting up their offices in the country. Jet Airways is making Amsterdam Schiphol airport its European hub, the release added.

Published on January 23, 2018

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