Six Sigma at Wipro Technologies: Thrust on Quality
Authors Dr. Manisha Sharma
Dr. Kapil Pandla
Prof. Prashant Gupta
Jaipuria Institute of Management A-32 A, Sector 62 Noida – 201 301 Tel.: (0120) 2403850-55
Abstract: Six Sigma at Wipro Technologies: Thrust on Quality Wipro Technologies is a global services provider delivering technology-driven business solutions that meet the strategic objectives of clients. Wipro has 40+ ‘Centers of Excellence’ that create solutions around specific needs of industries. Wipro delivers unmatched business value to customers through a combination of process excellence, quality frameworks and service delivery innovation. Wipro is the World's first CMMi Level 5 certified software services company and the first outside USA to receive the IEEE Software Process Award. Wipro has one of the most mature Six Sigma programs in the industry ensuring that 91% of the projects are completed on schedule, much above the industry average of 55%. Six Sigma provides the tools for continuous improvement on existing processes thereby helping sustain the SEI-CMM Level 5 and CMMi certifications. This case focuses on the initiatives taken by Wipro Technologies to implement the Six Sigma Quality tool to achieve sustained strategic business results. It explores the implementation procedure at Wipro Technologies and the benefits reaped by the company on account of adopting Six Sigma. The case also throws light on the recent developments in the Six Sigma concept including Wipro’s Six Sigma Skill base and consulting experience and explains how the company intends to build its expertise and experience – to bring continuous process improvement to the organization.
Six Sigma at Wipro Technologies: Thrust on Quality Backdrop Wipro Limited was established in 1945 and commenced its operations in 1946 as a vegetable oil company. In the early 1980s, Wipro diversified into the Information Technology sector with Liberalization hitting India in the 1980s. This has been a fascinating transformation from a vegetable oil company into a global IT services giant. Today, Wipro Technologies has become a global service provider delivering technologydriven business solutions that meet the strategic objectives of clients. Wipro has 40+ ‘Centers of Excellence’ that create solutions related to specific needs of Industries. Wipro can boast of delivering unmatched business value to customers through a combination of process excellence quality frameworks and service delivery innovation. A strong emphasis upon building a professional work environment, leaders from within, and having a global outlook for business and growth have led to innovation of people processes on a continued basis. Over the years, Wipro has significantly strengthened its competency based people processes and demonstrated innovative practices in talent acquisition, deployment, and development, based on strategic needs. A leading provider of communication networks in the US required improvement in the product performance of a telecom application using Six Sigma methodologies. Thus, with the growing importance on aligning business operations with customer needs and driving continuous improvement, Wipro began moving towards focusing on Quality, thereby, creating a learning environment that led to implementation of Six Sigma. Prepared by Dr. Manisha Sharma, Dr. Kapil Pandla and Prof. Prashant Gupta of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida . This case is prepared solely for the basis of class discussion. Cases are not designed to present illustrations of either correct or incorrect handling of administrative problems
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