HCL is a leading IT service provider in India. Here is a brief profile and History of Hindustan Computers Limited.


HCL (Hindustan Computers Limited) is a leading global Technology and IT enterprise whose range of services spans Product Engineering and Technology Development, Application Services, BPO Services, Infrastructure Services, IT Hardware, Systems Integration, and Distribution of Technology and Telecom products in India. The HCL Enterprise comprises two companies listed in India: HCL Technologies and HCL Infosystems. HCL Technologies is the IT and BPO services arm focused on global markets, while HCL Infosystems deals in the IT, Communication, Office Automation Products & System Integration arm focused on the Indian market. Today, HCL has 45,000 employees of diverse nationalities, operating across 17 countries including 360 service centers in India. HCL has global partnerships with several leading Fortune 1000 firms, including several IT and Technology majors.

Shiv Nadar is the founder of HCL. He founded HCL in 1976 in a Delhi "barsaati". In 1978, HCL developed the first indigenous micro-computer at the same time as Apple and 3 years before IBM's PC. In 1980, HCL introduced bit sliced, 16-bit processor based micro-computer. In 1983, HCL Indigenously developed an RDBMS, a Networking OS and a Client Server architecture, at the same time as global IT peers. In 1986, HCL became the largest IT company in India. In 1988, HCL introduced fine grained multi-processor Unix-3 years ahead of "Sun" and "HP". In 1991, HCL entered into a joint venture Hewlett Packard and HCL-Hewlett Packard Ltd. was formed. The joint developed multi-processor Unix for HP and heralded HCL's entry into contract R&D. In 1997, HCL Infosystems was formed. In the same year HCL ventured into software services. In 1999, HCL Technologies Ltd issued an IPO and became a public listed company. In 2001, HCL BPO was incorporated and HCL Infosystems became the largest hardware company. In 2002, software businesses of HCL Infosystems and HCL Technologies were merged. In 2005, HCL set up first Power PC architecture design centre outside of IBM. In the same year HCL Infosystems launched sub Rs.10,000 PC. In 2006, HCL Infosystems became the first company in India to launch the New Generation of High Performance Server Platforms Powered by Intel Dual - Core Xeon 5000 Processor. Today, HCL has a turnover of over US$4billion.

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Note: The above information was last updated on 21-07-2007