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Wipro Technologies Wins Prestigious IEEE Award for Software Process Excellence; First Company Outside of US to Be Conferred This Honour.

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BANGALORE, India--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 5, 2003

Wipro Technologies, the Global IT services division of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT), has become the first company outside the United States to be conferred the prestigious award for Software Process Achievement (SPA) by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society. The SPA award was presented to Wipro Technologies on May 7th in an International Conference on Software Engineering held at Portland, Oregon USA. The award is given for achieving a high software process capability and establishing a basis for moving to a very broad improvement program that concerns people and product, rather than just process and issues. Adding another feather to its cap, Wipro is the first Indian company ever to be nominated for this award.

The Computer Society's Award for Software Process Achievement is given for improvement in an organization's software process. "Process discipline is the most critical success element of offshore outsourcing," said Dean Davison, Vice President of Meta Group. To be considered for this award, the improvement must be sustained, measured and significant. Wipro Technologies underwent a thorough evaluation process amongst nominations from different organizations across the globe. The evaluation process included initial short listing of nominees as finalists and then site visit by the evaluation committee.

The IEEE Evaluation committee consisted of Quality Guru's like Watts Humphrey of Software Engineering Institute (SEI) USA; William Riddle, Solution Architect at TeraQuest Metrics Inc; Prof. Victor Basili, Founder & Member of International Software Engineering Research Network and Prof. Manny Lehman, of Imperial College, an authority on software engineering. The committee visited Wipro Technologies software development center at Bangalore and evaluated Wipro's Processes and Practices following nomination of Wipro Technologies for the Award.

Complimenting Wipro on the award, the IEEE Evaluation committee said, "Wipro's well-defined and implemented software process improvement program was appreciated and the breadth & depth of the organisation's capability achievement and improvement program were lauded as the best that the committee had found since inception of the award nine years ago."

"We are very excited and receiving this prestigious award is a great honour," said Sambuddha Deb, Chief Quality Officer, Wipro Technologies. "This recognition from the IEEE Computer Society is yet another feather in Wipro's cap and validates our vision of making quality a culture within and validates the significant strides we have taken in our quest for quality," he added.

The committee also recognised that Wipro achieved Capability Maturity Model Level V (An international standard for quality) throughout its 10,000 plus person, international workforce unlike most other organizations reviewed who had achieved this level of capability within only part of their organization. In addition, Maturity Level V for both the P-CMM and CMMI capability maturity models were achieved very quickly, the breadth and speed of which were unprecedented.

With this award Wipro joins a select group of organizations like the Software Engineering Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Directorate of Aircraft Management, Test Software and Industrial Automation Branches, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center.

About IEEE Computer Society

Founded in 1946, IEEE Computer Society is the world's leading organization of computer professionals with nearly 100,000 members. The Society is dedicated to advancing the theory, practice, and application of computer and information processing technology. Through its conferences, applications-related and research-oriented journals, local and student chapters, distance learning campus, technical committees, and standards working groups, the Society promotes an active exchange of information, ideas, and technological innovation among its members. In addition, the Society maintains close ties with the US Computing Sciences Accreditation Board and Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, monitoring and evaluating curriculum accreditation guidelines. Additional information is available at www.ieee.org & www.computer.org

About Wipro Limited

Wipro provides comprehensive IT solutions and services, including systems integration, information systems outsourcing, IT enabled services, package implementation, software application development and maintenance, and research and development services to corporations globally. Wipro Limited is the first P CMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified IT Services Company globally.

In the Indian market, Wipro is a leader in providing IT solutions and services for the corporate segment in India offering system integration, network integration, software solutions and IT services. In the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets, Wipro provides IT solutions and services for global corporations. Wipro also has profitable presence in niche market segments of consumer products and lighting.

Wipro's ADSs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its equity shares are listed in India on the Stock Exchange - Mumbai, and the National Stock Exchange, among others. For more information, please visit our websites at www.wipro.com , www.wiprocorporate.com , and www.wipro.co.in
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