Freeborders and Birlasoft Form Strategic Partnership

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Relationship Allows Rapid Entry into China for Global Sourcing

The demand for companies to leverage China as a primary sourcing location is rising, and industry analysts now say it is the number two destination behind India

Freeborders, Inc., the leading provider of technology solutions developed from China, and India-based Birlasoft today announced a comprehensive strategic partnership designed to benefit present and future clients by bringing a broader range of IT services to the market while providing a rapid entry into China as a global sourcing location.

Now more than ever, it is becoming imperative for global sourcing adopters to consider a diversified sourcing portfolio. As Birlasoft's China partner, Freeborders will provide a full range of IT services to Birlasoft clients who recognize the value in building risk diversification into their sourcing strategies by adding China to their list of geographies. Freeborders will leverage Birlasoft's deep process expertise and specialty skills to offer a broader range of services to its clients. The initial phase will have up to 100 professionals from Freeborders' Wuxi location dedicated to the partnership.

"The demand for companies to leverage China as a primary sourcing location is rising, and industry analysts now say it is the number two destination behind India," said Jean Cholka, Chief Executive Officer, Freeborders. "Since we have been delivering IT Services from China for over 10 years, we are confident that we can provide a positive experience for Birlasoft clients. From a Freeborders vantage point, we strive to provide the right expertise at the right time for our clients and this strategic alliance with Birlasoft will benefit us by bringing immediate access to additional skill sets and specialized expertise requested by our existing clients".

"There is an ever increasing need to provide enhanced value to clients - especially in today's economy - and that applies to products, service and human capital knowledge. By partnering with a leader in China like Freeborders, Birlasoft will be able offer a beneficial diversified sourcing solution to our clients immediately," said Vipin Gudwani, senior vice president of strategic global accounts. "Our best-in-class processes and skills combined with Freeborders' delivery from China is a solid value proposition.

With nearly 1000 industry experts, Freeborders provides a full range of IT services, ranging from consulting to outsourcing of IT projects for large and medium-sized companies. Its vertical expertise includes Financial Services, High Tech and Travel & Hospitality.

About Freeborders -
Freeborders provides specialized expertise to solve the most complex business challenges for the financial services, travel and high tech industries. The company provides global consulting, latest technologies and outsourcing services that leverage its deep domain expertise, innovative thinking and strategic execution through its integrated China to US delivery model. Freeborders is uniquely positioned to cost-effectively enable its clients to achieve their business objectives.

About Birlasoft
Birlasoft is a leading provider of information technology services in both onshore and offshore models to Fortune 1000 as well as mid-sized organizations in banking, financial services, insurance, retail, healthcare, manufacturing and independent software vendors sectors. Birlasoft's services include application development, support & maintenance, enterprise application implementation, integration, infrastructure management and quality assurance & testing. Birlasoft's robust delivery processes embrace digitized project management methodologies, embedded within proven practices of Six Sigma, SEI CMMi Level 5 on Continuous Representation and secure services framework with BS7799. The company has also been assessed at PCMM Level3. Headquartered in NOIDA, India, Birlasoft has about 4000 employees across US, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore and India.

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