At a time when India had a total of just 250 computers, Shiv Nadar, the founder of HCL, led a young team of eight people who passionately believed in the growth of the IT industry. That vision in 1976, born out of a Delhi “barsaati”, (akin to a garage start-up), resulted three and a half decades later into a global transformational technology enterprise.
Over the years, HCL witnessed many firsts which legitimized its status as a pioneer in modern computing providing innovative technology solutions. The most significant of these was the development of the first indigenous micro-computer in 1978 - at the same time as Apple and three years before IBM's PC. This micro-computer virtually gave birth to the Indian computer industry. The 80's saw HCL developing several know-hows in multiple areas of technology. HCL's in-depth knowledge of UNIX led to the development of a fine grained multi-processor UNIX in 1988 - three years ahead of Sun and HP.
HCL’s journey of 35 years has been truly transformational with the enterprise creating valuable Joint Ventures and alliances with marquee partners such as Hewlett Packard, Cisco, Perot Systems, Deutsche Bank and NEC Corporation, amongst others, to drive strategic growth.
Founded in 1976 — a pioneer of modern computing that gave birth to the Indian computer industry
Developed the first indigenous micro-computer in 1978, at the same time as Apple
Developed a fine grained UNIX multi-processor in 1988 — three years ahead of Sun and HP
Comprises two companies listed in India: HCL Technologies and HCL Infosystems
Offerings include product engineering, custom & package applications, BPO, IT infrastructure services, IT hardware, systems integration, and distribution of information and communications technology (ICT) products across a wide range of industries
After a strong focus on manufacturing for over two decades, HCL Technologies was spun off as the software services and information technology company of the enterprise, with listing in 1999.
Presently, HCL Enterprise comprises two companies listed in India, HCL Technologies (www.hcltech.com) and HCL Infosystems (www.hclinfosystems.in). Over a period of time, both HCL Infosystems and HCL Technologies have emerged as institutions in their own right with HCL Technologies emerging as a leading software development company in the IT services sector.
Today, HCL is a $6.1 billion leading global technology and IT enterprise comprising two companies listed in India - HCL Technologies and HCL Infosystems. Founded in 1976, HCL is one of India's original IT garage start-ups. A pioneer of modern computing, today, HCL is a global transformational outsourcing company. Its range of offerings includes product engineering, custom & package applications, BPO, IT infrastructure services, IT hardware, systems integration, and distribution of information and communications technology (ICT) products across a wide range of focused industry verticals. The HCL team consists of over 95,000 professionals of diverse nationalities, who operate from 26 countries including over 500 points of presence in India.