The humble beginning of a company with countable household products to IT consulting and IT Services Company renowned all over the world is the saga of Wipro. In the year 1945 Mohammed Hasham Premji started a company for the manufacturing of vegetable ghee, refined oil and vanaspati that are certain indispensable cooking ingredients in an Indian house. These products were known under the brand name of kisan, camel and sunflower. After the death of Mohammed Hasham his son, Azim Premji who was a student abroad came back to India and took the charge of the company in the year 1966. During 1970’s and 1980’s where the IT industry was at its initial stage of development played a significant role in changing the destiny of the company. The company changed its name from Western India Vegetable Products Limited to Wipro products Limited in the year 1977. In 1980 Wipro marked its print in the IT industry and in 1982 it converted the company name to Wipro Limited.
Odyssey 21 the famous project in the product development for the overseas IT clients was introduced by Wipro in the Year in 1994. In the same year Wipro achieved ISO-9001 certification that is the prestigious certification given for quality products. Wipro personal computers –Wipro Acer- was awarded the National soft ware Testing Laboratory’s Certification and it was the first Indian company to achieve this US based certification. Another landmark was in the year 2000 when company introduced convergent network in the internet sector and solution providers in Telecom in the name of Wipro OSS Smart and Wipro WAP Smart. From 2001 onwards the Achievements of the company was remarkable where it acquired ISO 14001in 2001,ISO 9000 certification in 2002, in 2004 joined in Billion Dollar club and started consumer division for consumer care and lighting products including tubes, bulbs and CFL lamps , acquired Mango Inc in 2006,in 2008 entered in to energy business with Wipro Eco Energy, entered in to an agreement with Science Application International Corporation for acquiring their commercial business service unit including global oil and gas information technology practice in the year 2011and in 2012 acquired Australian analytic products firm –PAG-Promax Applications Group for 35 million in the year 2012.
Wipro’s vision on ecological sustainability is another outstanding feature of the company. Many energy reserving and energy efficient measures are taken up by the company including waste management systems and desktop power management. Eco Eye is a corporation wide strategy for ecological sustainability. For efficiency in energy, bio diversity and water, the ecological sustainability is important and the initiative to preserve is done through the chain of customers, employees and business partners. Wipro provides the employees and their families every encouragement in increasing the efficiency. Every year Wipro celebrates spirit of Wipro run where participation of family members of the employees is a requisite for celebrations. The business divisions of the company includes Wipro technologies that is the branch of Wipro Global IT solutions in IT consultation and services, IT outsourcing process, Wipro Consumer and lighting division includes personal care products including toilet soaps, hand wash, baby care products and emergency lights ,LED, CFL lamps etc. Wipro Infrastructure engineering works consist of manufacturing of hydraulic cylinders, components of hydraulic cylinders and truck cylinders etc. Wipro Health care division focus on preventing cancer and other ailment through GE medical Systems limited in association with GE health care South Asia.
The company’s Head quarters is located in Bangalore, Karnataka and Azim Premji is the chair person with an n employee strength of 1, 35,920 with a profit of 1.09 billion US Dollars. The company logo depicts a sunflower is a tribute and gratitude shown towards the parent company that was the manufacturer in cooking products.