This is the first major investment by an Indian information technology (IT) firm in Mexico and the new centre represents an important step in TCS' global strategy to further enhance its Global Network Delivery Model (GNDM™), allowing it to better serve its clients in Mexico and across the world.
"Apart from a strong domestic IT market, Mexico shares a similar time zone with and is within 5-6 hours flying distance from anywhere in the US, allowing us the ability to provide near-shore services for our large US client community", said N Chandrasekaran, executive vice president and head of global sales and operations for TCS.
The president of the United States of Mexico inaugurated the Guadalajara centre today in a ceremony, which included important business, political, and media leaders from the country and the state of Jalisco .
"I thank Tata Consultancy Services for their confidence (in Mexico); we know the professionalism and importance that the company has not only in India but in many countries across the world, and we wish to make our country one of the best investment destinations in the world, if not the best. This delivery centre also exemplifies the type of productive activity that must be supported and expanded - value-added activities that create employment to young Mexican professionals, activities oriented towards the services sector, which is an area with huge potential and demand in this century of knowledge and information, the 21st century," said Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, president of the United States of Mexico.
Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico, (with a population of over 4 million) and located in the state of Jalisco, was chosen by TCS after an extensive survey because of its accessibility, infrastructure and the available talent pool.
"We are impressed by the tremendous talent in this region, nurtured by a very strong education system. We will recruit the best people and train them extensively in the same high-quality processes and methodologies that we so successfully use in our operations around the world," said Ankur Prakash, general manager of TCS Mexico.
Over the last five years, TCS has set up operations in 14 countries across Iberoamerica including major centres in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, which employ over 5000 professionals in those countries and cater to over 150 clients.
"This expansion in Mexico marks an important phase in our growth. We will hire 500 people for the Mexico centre in the short term and thousands more in the next five years, as we continue to build a strong high-impact organisation in this region," said Gabriel Rozman, president of TCS Iberoamerica.