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Computing Research at Tata Consultancy Services

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Sometime in the early 1960s a young general manager of the Tata Electric Co. in Mumbai (then Bombay) visited the nearby Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR),a where India's first electronic-stored program computer resided. That manager, F.C. Kohli, began using the computer to optimize load dispatch operations for the city. Within a few years J.R.D. Tata, then chairman and doyen of the Tata group of companies, called upon Kohli to look after the new computing division—Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). That division soon began catering to clients both outside the group and outside India—in Europe and North America—pioneering the 'offshore development' model.

The seeds of the Indian software industry had been sown.


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