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Wipro Digital to acquire Alan Cooper’s design consultancy firm for $8.5 mn
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Wipro Digital, the digital business unit of IT services major Wipro Ltd, will acquire design and business strategy consultancy firm Cooper Software Inc for $8.5 million (around Rs 55.4 crore) in an all-cash deal.

The acquisition will strengthen Wipro Digital’s design and innovation capabilities, expanding its reach in North America and adding capabilities in professional design education, the company said in a statement.

Cooper Software will be part of Designit, the design arm of Wipro Digital.

“Our combined capability across design, strategy and technology gives us a unique platform for working with clients on their digital initiatives. With Cooper, we will be able to offer world-class UX (user experience) and interaction design,” said Rajan Kohli, global head and senior vice president of Wipro Digital.

“Designit and Cooper share a similar culture and passion for turning complex problems into solutions that people love. Both are characterised by unparalleled craftsmanship, real-world practicality and a humanising approach to technology,” said Alan Cooper, co-founder of Cooper Software.

San Francisco-based Cooper Software was founded by husband-wife duo Alan Cooper and Sue Cooper. Alan Cooper is better known as the father of Visual Basic programming language.

Cooper Software has 35 employees across offices in San Francisco and New York. Its revenue stood at $8.3 million in calendar year 2016.

In August 2015, Wipro Digital acquired global strategic design firm Designit for €93 million.

Wipro’s recent acquisitions

In January, Wipro had signed a pact to acquire Brazilian IT firm InfoSERVER SA for $8.7 million.

In October last year, the IT services major agreed to buy cloud services company Appirio Inc for $500 million as part of efforts to strengthen its offerings in new technologies.

In February last year, Wipro agreed to purchase US-based HealthPlan Services, a business-process-as-a-service (BPaaS) provider, for $460 million. In December 2015, it acquired US-based BPaas firm Viteos Group for $130 million.

In its biggest acquisition to date, Wipro bought US IT firm Infocrossing for about $600 million in 2007.

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