Oracle is ramping up its India operations in a big way. Now, it plans to add nine cities to its network. These will supplement the six development centres, which it has at Gurgaon, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata.
All the nine new centres, which will come up in tier 2 cities, will come up within the next 12 months and Kochi would be one of the nine cities. These new centres, which will not involve software development per se, and will, essentially, be sales and support offices, are an offshoot of the company's move to get closer to the customer. The development is significant in the context of Oracle's increased focus on India in recent times. While India ranked a lowly 10th in volumes among Oracle's Asia-Pacific operations just three years ago, it now ranks third. These centres will help to support the SME sector in a bigger way and enhance relationship with clients, which is more relevant today because of stiff competition in the SME sector. After its acquisitions, Oracle was able to service clients by providing total solutions and that the company was in a position to have business relationships with even micro-ventures, given its bouquet of products and solutions.