Ci&T looks to have a third of staff working abroad by 2015

Friday, December 16, 2011

As part of its global expansion strategy, Brazilian outsourcing and software product engineering company Ci&T intends to hire more than 3,000 staff in four years and to have a third of its professionals working in the company's subsidiaries abroad, the firm said in a statement.

Currently, 35% of Ci&T's revenues come from operations abroad, and the goal is to enhance these.

According to the company, while other IT firms expand their operations to low-cost regions and work in a software factory model, Ci&T chose to focus their strategy on what it calls "global delivery."

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"Our strategy is to combine the growth of our development centers located in compatible time zones, with small structures located in the largest and more developed IT markets" such as the US, Japan and some European countries, said Ci&T's innovation and marketing director, Mauro Oliveira.

The company serves its US customers through three offices - in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Atlanta - and development centers are located in Brazil (Campinas and Belo Horizonte). Japanese customers are served by a Tokyo unit and a development center in Ningbo, China.

In Argentina, the company has just launched a nearshore delivery center to provide support to existing US clients, with an initial investment of US$300,000.

Ci&T expects to have at least 100 employees in its Argentine operation by end-2012, and 1,000 people within the next five years.

The company said it intends to open new offices and bases throughout Brazil as well, in particular focusing on small units in regions where it still does not operate.