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HCL Technologies

HCL Technologies Ltd.
Traded as BSE: 532281
Industry IT services, IT consulting
Founded November 12, 1991 (1991-11-12)[1]
Founder Shiv Nadar, Arjun Malhotra
Headquarters Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Area served
Key people
Shiv Nadar (Chairman & CSO)[1]
Anant Gupta (President & CEO)[2]
Services Software, Infrastructure and Outsourcing[3]
Revenue US$ 5.952 billion (FY'15)[4]
US$ 1.324 billion (FY'15)[4]
Profit US$ 1.164 billion (FY'15)[4]
Number of employees
106,107 (30 June 2015)[5]
Slogan Relationship Beyond the Contract.[6]
Website .comHCLTech

HCL Technologies Limited is a global IT services company, headquartered in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. Originally the research and development division of HCL Limited, it emerged as an independent company in 1991 when HCL Limited ventured into the software services business.[7] HCL Technologies (often called Hindustan Computers Limited) offers services including IT consulting, enterprise transformation, remote infrastructure management, engineering and R&D, and business process outsourcing (BPO).[8]

The company has offices in 31 countries, and operates across a number of industry verticals including aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer electronics, energy and utilities, financial services, government, independent software vendors, industrial manufacturing, life sciences and healthcare, media and entertainment, mining and natural resources, oil and gas, public services, retail and consumer, semiconductor, server and storage, telecom, and travel, transportation, logistics and hospitality.[9][10]

HCL Technologies is on the Forbes Global 2000 list and is one of Asia’s Fab 50 Companies.[11][12] It is among the top 20 largest publically traded companies in India and had a market capitalization of $22.1 billion as of May 2015.[13] HCL Technologies, along with its subsidiaries, had consolidated revenues of $6.0 billion as of August 2015.[4]


  • History 1
    • Formation and early years 1.1
    • IPO and subsequent expansion 1.2
    • Acquisitions 1.3
  • Operations 2
    • Business lines 2.1
    • Partnerships and alliances 2.2
  • Corporate social responsibility 3
    • Community initiatives 3.1
      • Power of One 3.1.1
    • Environment initiatives 3.2
      • Go Green 3.2.1
  • Awards and recognition 4
    • Awards 4.1
    • Recognition 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Formation and early years

HCL Technologies is one of the four companies under HCL Corporation, the second company being HCL Infosystems. In February, 2014 HCL forayed into healthcare with the launch of a new venture, HCL Healthcare.[14] HCL TalentCare is the fourth and newest venture of HCL Corporation.[15]

HCL Technologies began as the R&D Division of HCL Enterprise,[16] a company which was a major contributor in the development and growth of the IT and computer industry in India. HCL Enterprise delivered several firsts – an indigenous microcomputer in 1978,[17] a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS), a networking OS and a client-server architecture in 1983,[18] and a fine-grained multiprocessor UNIX installation in 1989. On 12 November 1991, HCL Technologies was spun off as a separate unit to mark the company’s arrival in the software services arena.

HCL Technologies was originally incorporated as HCL Overseas Limited.[19] The name was changed to HCL Consulting Limited on 14 July 1994.[20] On 6 October 1999, the company was renamed as ‘HCL Technologies Limited’ for a better reflection of its activities.[19]

The period between 1991 and 1999 saw the company expand its software development capacities, building one of the largest set-ups in India. It was also around this time that the company spread its operations to the US, European and APAC markets.[19]

IPO and subsequent expansion

Following the rebranding as ‘HCL Technologies Limited’, the company went public on 10 November 1999, with an issue of 14.2 million shares, valued at ₹4 each.[21] During 2000, the company set up a dedicated offshore development center in Chennai, India, for KLA-Tencor Corporation.[21] In 2002, it acquired Gulf Computers Inc., USA, as a part of its expansion drive.[21]


Number Acquisition date Company Business Country References
1 February 20, 2008 Capital Stream Inc. Automation solutions  USA [22]
2 July 16, 2008 Liberata Financial Service Business process outsourcing  UK [23]
3 August 25, 2008 Control Point Solutions, Inc. Telecom solutions  USA [24]
4 December 15, 2008 Axon Group Plc. SAP Consulting  UK [25]
5 July 16, 2009 UCS Group’s Enterprise Solutions SAP Practice SAP  SA [26]
6 June 30, 2016 Part of Volvo IT Information technology  SWE [27]


A world-map showing the countries where HCL Technologies has operations.

The company operates in 31 countries across the globe,[28] including its headquarters in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. In the APAC and EMEA, it has establishments in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, UAE and Qatar. In Europe, it covers Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. In the Americas, the company has offices in Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the USA.

Business lines

  1. Applications Services: This division delivers integrated transformation services for the applications portfolio of companies. Its technical expertise is organized around 12 horizontal capabilities and draws upon domain expertise in consumer, manufacturing, life sciences, healthcare, public, and financial services domains.[29] The division has strategic alliances with leading technology solution providers, and undertakes continuous R&D efforts to unlock newer innovations.
  2. Business Services: The division provides Next-Gen BPO services across industries. It consists of a team of 14,000 professionals, operating out of state-of-the-art delivery centers spread across India, USA, Europe, Ireland, UK, Latin America and the Philippines.[30] The company uses its integrated global delivery model to ensure seamless operations across geographies.[31] It has also launched EFaaS[32] (Enterprise Functions as a Service), aimed at transforming enterprise functions while driving significant savings on the total cost of operations.
  3. Engineering and R&D Services (ERS): This division is focused on providing comprehensive engineering and R&D services and solutions in hardware and software product engineering across industry verticals.[33] ERS is the largest engineering services provider in India and is responsible for driving Thought Leadership initiatives, and targets areas like Internet of Things (IoT),[34] Big Data Analytics, Social Media, Digitalization and Product Intelligence.
  4. Infrastructure Management Services (IMS): This division manages mission-critical IT environments and addresses the IT infrastructure requirements of an enterprise. It implements the Enterprise of the Future (EOF) framework to enable companies’ transition from legacy technologies and operating models to digital-ready, agile enterprise technology infrastructure. This reduces Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) across seven strategic axes of transformation. Other key offerings by the group include: Next Gen Workplace Services, Next Gen Network Services, Information Security and GRC Services, Enterprise Platform Services, Business Service Management, Service Integration Management, Integrated Operations Services across Enterprise and Digital, and Technology Transformation Services.

Partnerships and alliances

Manchester United and HCL Technologies announcing their partnership at Old Trafford stadium

HCL's ecosystem consists of close to 100 companies in various technology areas with which they have formed go-to-market alliances, specialist partnerships for niche technologies, and teaming partnerships for specific customers.

Corporate social responsibility

Community initiatives

Power of One

Power of One[35] is an employee-driven, management supported initiative that focuses on transforming social projects and activities. An extension of the RBtC™ philosophy, the initiative has garnered active contribution from the employees for efforts that materially affect the society around them.[36] As a part of this initiative, the company has undertaken:

  • Project Samudhay, which involves adopting 100 villages and driving transformation in five areas — water, women's welfare, education, health and malnutrition, and sanitation.[37]
  • Association with Udayan Ghar and over 55 other NGOs, to promote all-round community development and growth.[38]

Additionally, since 2006, the company has been conducting a series of monthly and biennial concerts to provide a platform for upcoming young Indian classical artists to showcase their talent.[39]

Environment initiatives

Go Green

HCL runs a multi-layered program Go Green, as a part of its continued sustainability initiatives.[40] This covers green processes across facilities, and in the areas of travel, IT and events. The company has designed and developed a comprehensive GreenEdge sustainability framework to address challenges specific to the needs of manufacturing industries.[41] The company conducts regular campaigns to inculcate understanding and sensitivity towards environmental issues, with a focus on promoting and initiating individual corrective actions. In addition, it is also:

Awards and recognition


  • 2015: HCL Technologies won the Aecus Innovation Award for implementing an operational control center for Unilever.[49]
  • 2015: The company won the prestigious Globetrotters Award at the Exhange4media - Pitch Top 50 Brands.[50][51]
  • 2014: The company was recognized as the Best governed company by the Asian Centre for Corporate Governance & Sustainability.[52]
  • 2014: HCL Technologies was named as the Outstanding Company of the Year at CNBC-TV18’s India Business Leader Award.[53]
  • 2014: The company won The HR Excellence Award for Most innovative deployment of HR technology.[54]


See also


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  36. ^ 
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  41. ^ "HCL - The GO GREEN Initiative". Swasti Shipra. 
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  43. ^ "HCL Infosystems (HCL) is included in the global release of the 18th edition of the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics for the first time, having only been included in Indian editions previously. With a score of 3.1, HCL shares 13th position with Sharp." (PDF). Green Peace. 
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External links

  • Official website
  • HCL Technologies on Facebook
  • HCL Technologies's channel on YouTube
    • Business data for HCL Technologies:
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  • Reuters
  • SEC filings
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