Planon expanding innovation hub in Hyderabad

Planon serves over 2,000 customers globally across 40 countries and employs over 650 professionals, with Hyderabad accounting for the 20 per cent of the workforce.

By Author  |  Published: 22nd Jan 2018  2:43 pmUpdated: 23rd Jan 2018  4:35 pm
Planon founder Pierre Guelen with the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Mumbai) Guido Tielman unveiling the company’s software development operations.

Hyderabad: Netherlands-based Planon, an integrated workplace management solutions provider, which has set up its operations in Hyderabad foraying into India in 2008, is expanding its operations at its Planon Innovation Centre (PIC) in Hyderabad.

The company which currently employs over 130 professionals in Hyderabad plans to double and triple the headcount in the coming years, in a phased manner. The company plans to significantly invest in hiring and training people in Hyderabad. It continues to invest 20 per cent in research and development.

The PIC in Hyderabad is fully integrated with global delivery infrastructure of Planon and has emerged as a major delivery hub supporting customers across all geographies with a full-service portfolio, Pierre Guelen, CEO and founder of Planon, said.

Guelen said, “Hyderabad Planon Innovation Centre has evolved into a major innovation hub, fulfilling all our strategic objectives and supporting our global expansion. As we look back proudly at a decade of success, it is gratifying to note that some of our first team members who joined us in 2008 are still with us.”

The parent company services global businesses for managing their facilities and real estate. The company has operations in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, India, Austria, Hong Kong and the United States. Planon India leveraged its strategic and collaborative partnership with coMakeIT, a Hyderabad-based IT service provider to setup and scale its PIC.

Guelen told Telangana Today, “Over the years the Hyderabad operations which started as a development centre have started delivering services for global clients. Next year, Hyderabad centre will be involved in internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence. The manpower will increase from 130 now to close to 300 by next year. There is good talent in Hyderabad. We have one innovation hub in Netherlands (with 30 people-team) and the other here.”

Explaining the expertise of Planon, he said, “We make software that helps on buildings and facilities management for several industry majors such as Shell, Unilever, Bayer and Siemens besides others. Service providers such as Sodexo and global universities offer a big opportunity in terms of offering them facilities management. In India we are seeing opportunities in smart cities space. So we will start looking at domestic opportunities as well going forward.”

Planon serves over 2,000 customers globally across 40 countries and employs over 650 professionals, with Hyderabad accounting for the 20 per cent of the workforce.

Indo-Dutch synergy

Guido Tielman, the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Mumbai, said, there are great synergies between Netherlands and India. Netherlands functions as India’s hub in Europe attracting over 200 Indian companies. India has become a pivotal BPO hub for Dutch companies bringing to the table it’s distinguished IT capabilities

The economic complementarity between the Netherlands and India at various levels augurs well for continued strengthening of the bilateral economic ties.

While large Dutch companies such as Phillips, Shell, etc have focused to setup their offshore teams in India and making India as their Asia hub, Indian technology titans such as TCS, Infosys, etc are focusing more in Netherlands by setting up their offices. Jet airways is already making Amsterdam Schiphol airport as its European hub.

The Consul General was here for the formal launch of Planon India software development operations showcasing the commitment of further strengthening the IT ties between the Dutch and Indian companies.

Tileman added, “Dutch companies are looking at smart city opportunities. Several companies in Netherlands have an edge in offering technologies that will help traffic and water systems.”