Indian deal opens door for Kiwi software firm
Tauranga-born search software firm Pingar has signed a deal with Indian IT giant Wipro, which will integrate the Kiwi technology into its own systems.
The deal follows a similar partnership struck last year with another major Indian IT services firm, CMC.
Pingar's software enables users to conduct contextual searches of business content, including webpages, emails and PDFs.
The company counts cricketing stars Sir Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori and Scott Styris as shareholders and has enlisted them to act as ambassadors for it in cricket-mad India.
Pingar chief executive Peter Wren-Hilton said the deal with Wipro gave it access to a vast network of clients around the world, in industries such as aerospace, banking, government, natural resources, and telecoms and utilities.
"Wipro's culture of leveraging innovative enterprise solutions and high levels of service delivery fits with Pingar's emphasis on pioneering research and development.
"Their customer base aligns with our strategy to establish a significant global network with feet on the ground in each major region."
Wipro Technologies chief technology officer Dr Anurag Srivastava said Pingar's technology would extend the ability of its own systems to gain efficiencies and strategic knowledge from unstructured data.
That represented "a rich area of value of Wipro customers".
Pingar has 52 staff, and offices in Tauranga, Auckland, the United States, Britain, Hong Kong and India.
Wren-Hilton, who will speak at major technology conference Nasscom in Mumbai this week, said Pingar was in discussions with other major potential partners in India.
Pingar also has a partnership with Microsoft, which makes its software applications available through its Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 online stores.