Torry Harris Business Solutions
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|Headquarters||New Jersey, United States (incorporation)
Bangalore, Bristol, Dublin, Vienna, Munchen, Dubai
|Employees||1000 - 2000|
Torry Harris Business Solutions (THBS) is a multinational provider of business, technology and consulting services headquartered in New Jersey, United States. In 2009, THBS was identified as a leader in SOA integration by Forrester Research. The company was also recognised as a Gartner "cool vendor" for application services in 2010. THBS helped a telecom major in the UK drive its SOA initiative. The implementation was taken up by Gartner as a case study. THBS figured in the top 20 of the top 100 technology companies founded by Indians in the US as per a recent survery.In 2013, the solution accelerators /Intellectual Property of THBS got special mentions by Gartner in their Top 10 IT Service Management Next Practices and Open-Source Software Adoption Becoming Mainstream in India reports.
Formation and early years
The founding members of Torry Harris Business Solutions belonged to a company called Transarc, a Pittsburgh based Software Company that developed Encina and the DFS component of DCE. Transarc was purchased by IBM in 1994 and became the IBM Pittsburgh Lab in 1999. The merger resulted in several key former Transarc members exiting the new entity.
Members from Transarc formed Torry Harris to pursue their vision in the distributed-computing space. Torry Harris Business Solutions was founded in 1998 to offer IT services in the middleware and distributed-computing areas. On 19 March 1998 the company was formally registered as Torry Harris Business Solutions with its logo of the client and the company joining hands to make a better world.
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THBS has operations and personnel executing projects in 39 countries world-wide. The company uses a native front-end workforce combined with an offshore back-end to build cost efficiencies on projects.
Headquarters (New Jersey, USA)
The Company's headquarters in New Jersey, USA (Address) was incorporated in 1998. THBS' American clients are serviced out of this office and the facility in Bangalore.
UK & Ireland offices
The Bristol office was set up in 2001 to service THBS' increasing presence in the UK. A few years later in 2008 the Ireland office was set up as operations expanded to client offices in Ireland.
In 2012, the Westbahnhof office was set up in Vienna, Austria to cater to the Central and Eastern European markets. In Austria & Eastern Europe, THBS works with a large bank in building group solutions that cater to reducing costs for the group as a whole. Some of the other major verticals the company works with are Telecom service providers, Pharmaceutical majors and Manufacturing companies.
Singapore, Dubai & African offices
In 2002, THBS' Singapore and Dubai offices were set up to cater to the Middle-East and Asia-Pac geographies. In 2008, the company expanded its operations to Africa, becoming one of the first to deploy robust and cutting edge software solutions. THBS was instrumental in providing farmers, who were subscribers of a telecom client in the African Great Lakes region, regular updates regarding weather conditions through low speed mobile networks, thereby greatly improving farm productivity. The solution transcended a strictly technological solution to create meaningful mainstream impact. THBS has mature operations in Tanzania.
The optimization capabilities that THBS provides, enables its clients to serve and enhance the lives of citizens of several African nations, including former conflict zones of Rwanda and Chad.
Operations in India
THBS' offshore development center is based out of Bangalore, the capital of India's IT boom. This office was established in the year 1998. The company is ISO 27001 certified and CMMi Level 3 certified for quality and maturity of processes. It also has the distinction of operating from a building in the city centre (down-town Bangalore), which contributes to the company's talent retention initiatives. The office has various plaques that delineate the city and the building's history. The Bangalore facility at Sona Towers also houses the THBS Center of Excellence (CoE).
The Name Torry Harris
The name "Torry Harris" was coined by the president and founder of the company. After completing his graduation, the president and founder of Torry Harris[who?] won a prestigious scholarship to study at the Torry Research Station in Aberdeen, UK. As a mark of respect to the institute, he wanted to include its name in the name of the Company he first founded. The "Harris" component was included as a homage to the company’s first customer, a gentleman by the name of Mr. Harris, who believed in the values of the company and worked with the company for more than a decade. To this day, it serves as a reminder of humble beginnings, honesty and the success brought about by a heavy focus on “customer delight”.
In the news
In 2010, a stray online advert for job applicants for the company read "preferably of Indian origin" and broke UK law, the Equality and Human Rights Commission in UK has said. The ad was taken down and the company launched an immediate internal investigation.
SOA and Cloud Solutions Leadership
In 2011, the Cloud Computing World Forum short-listed Torry Harris as one among the top 3 for the Cloud Computing World Series Awards. The selection was made under the "Best Enterprise Solution" category in recognition of the company's flagship cloud tool "Cloud Catalyst".
In 2012, the Center for Excellence wing of THBS released a free to use Mobile Enterprise application specifically to manage EC2 instances on the Amazon Cloud. The application known as Eazy2 and was released free of cost to the cloud computing community on the Android and iOS stores. Eazy 2 is unique, in that it provides cost estimates along with updates on machine use.
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