Sunday, April 15, 2007

China Seeks Help From Indian IT Company

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the country's largest software exporter, is believed to have clinched a 100 million dollar deal spread over five years from Bank of China to provide IT solutions. The contract can be termed as one of the major IT-related deals signed by a Chinese bank and is timely for a company aggressively expanding in China, industry sources said.

Bank of China had called for bids to revamp its IT infrastructure. It is the second-biggest lender in China and has the largest global network among all Chinese banks. The bank is looking at integrating its IT requirements for its international network. Chinese banks have not outsourced their IT development to external vendors. Therefore, domestic vendors are keen on getting a portion of the current project, sources revealed.
The deal is being touted as one of the largest in Asia and alignments across hardware, software and networking equipment are firming up for various consortia.

Sources said the opportunity is seen as huge because the vendors who are able to bag the deal for the international network will get an edge for mainland operations of the bank.
The company has a close relationship with Chinese trade finance and software products company China Systems. TCS, which is in operations in China for the last five years, will provide a range of banking solutions to BOC.
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