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StepStone Solutions and Esika Infotech announce strategic partnership in India

Partnership brings global talent management solutionsand local expertise to countrywithfastestIT spending growth in APAC

London/Hong Kong/Bangalore -21 March 2011 –StepStone Solutions, a global leaderin talent management solutions, is pleased toannounce a partnership with Esika Infotech, one of India’s most experienced IT providers in the talent solutions market. EsikaInfotech will distribute, implement and supporttalent management solutions from StepStone Solutions in India. Both StepStone Solutions and EsikaInfotech will contribute support to the market, ensuringthat customers in India receive the localised,world-classsolutionsthatStepStone Solutions customers currently enjoy in over 50 countries.

The partnership createsa greater market presence for bothStepStone Solutions and Esika Infotech in India.Indian businesses can now enjoy professional system services increating talent management solutions that increase business performance and streamlineworkflow, witha powerful combination of local talent knowledge and global product capabilities.

Erik Schmit, Managing Director APAC, StepStone Solutions, said: “We have seen strong growth in APAC for our solutions. India is the fastest-growing country in the region for IT spending and we expect it to be our next strongmarket. We will leverage our resources and manpower to support its growth. Esika’s experience in consulting and software development will be a great asset for our customers.Our clients will receive customer-centered services with global talent management solutionsthatmeet their local needs.”

Esikanotes that StepStone Solutions’ products and support infrastructureclosely meet India market needs interms of information and skills transfer as well as product and expertiseimpact. Shiva Prased G. Desai, Managing Director of Esika, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with StepStone Solutions as strategic partners. We have had partnership experiences beforewith other global talent management players and we believe that this relationship with StepStone Solutions, an organisation thatshares the same business vision as us, being customer- and service-oriented in itsbusiness will be extremely beneficial for the Indian market and us.” Desai further added, “StepStone Solutions’ technologyperfects our contribution to upgrading of India’s performance economy with fast, focused and extensive consulting services.”

Matthew Parker, StepStone Solutions CEO, adds: “Our ability to deliver talent solutions that work in high-growth markets like India is growing all the time, and with partners like Esika we are enabling our customers to have the best of both worlds – superb talent management solutions delivered and supported by a company with real local expertise.”

About Esika Infotech
Esika InfoTech is a provider of top-of-the-line solutions in Consulting and Software Development Services. Esika endeavors to reach the zenith of business excellence through competent people, cutting edge technology products, value-based service, and uncompromising quality, thereby ensuring complete customer satisfaction. Our business outlook revolves around Human capability, Technology and Quality. Our objective is to understand and deploy world class offerings to help companies maximize the efficiency and productivity of their workforce.
Esika is a company based in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India. Esika is home to a team of highly motivated, well-educated, creative, technology-savvy, professionals. Our people have high levels of inter-personal and analytical abilities, understand different kinds of businesses and work together with our clients towards providing user-oriented solutions. Esika has a dedicated Center at Bangalore to provide a complete gamut of creative and technological services to clients.

About StepStone Solutions

StepStone Solutions delivers world class technology for finding, recruiting, retaining, managing and developing people. Our global talent acquisition and talent management solutions are available in many languages, with seamless, internet-based access. With the support of our experienced professionals they can be quickly and reliably implemented anywhere in the world, using SaaS or on-premises delivery, to give rapid return on investment. Over 1,600 organisations in 50 countries rely on StepStone Solutions every day to improve their business performance, build effective talent strategies, and to help their people have more effective, enjoyable and rewarding careers. StepStone Solutions operates in 16 countries and employs around 550 people. Its global customers include Alibaba, Bank of China International, Carlson Wagonlit, France Telecom, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, Grupo Azucarero Mexico, Heineken, Huawei, Lufthansa, Merck, Group PSA Peugeot Citroën, PUMA, and Virgin Atlantic.

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