These work on specialised areas such as developing software packages for hospital management, automation, e-governance, defence and voice-related areas.

The growth story of the Information Technology (IT) sector started here almost a decade ago. Though the city so far has just a handful of well-known names in the Information Technology (IT) and IT Enabled Services (ITES), several small and medium-scale companies are starting operations in the city with focus on niche segments.

Companies with 30 seats to 50 seats are coming up even in the core city areas.

These work on specialised areas such as developing software packages for hospital management, automation, e-governance, defence and voice-related areas.

R. Venugopal, Centre Head of Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions, says that many who were working abroad for 10 years or more want to come back to India. They establish start-ups and cater to these segments in the Indian market.

Industry sources add that the small companies may not be able to meet the export commitments that are required in special economic zones.

Hence, they prefer to be located in different parts of the city.

They prefer to start operations in cities such as Coimbatore as they may be familiar with the location and the competition for resources is high in cities such as Chennai or Bangalore.

With a large number of educational institutions in this region, human resource availability is not a problem and they can be trained in the specialised areas.

The NASSCOM plans to launch a support programme soon for the small companies where the larger IT firms will handhold select small-scale firms. Meanwhile, the larger companies are also expanding their operations here. Nearly 45 per cent of the IT space at the Tidel Park here is expected to be occupied by the end of this year.

Robert Bosch has 4,200 employed at its facility here and has taken one lakh sq.ft at the Tidel Park.

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