Berlin , September 5, 2012 : Leading India-headquartered global IT services and business solutions company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is the “Official Main Sponsor of the BMW Berlin Marathon” over the three year period 2012-2014 – and the the marathon's Information technology partner, providing technologies such as mobile applications, to improve the experience of the sport. This announcement comes during a period that TCS has been focusing on significantly expanding and localizing its German operations, which have tripled in size over the past five years. TCS has over 3,000 consultants working for over 80 German and Austrian clients, including 14 of the DAX 30 companies. The TCS Central Europe head office is located in Frankfurt am Main, with offices in Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Walldorf, Wolfsburg, and Vienna.
TCS has tie ups with four of the five marathons considered the most prestigious “Major” races - Boston, Chicago, New York City and now Berlin. It is also a title sponsor of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon, the TCS World 10K in Bangalore and associate sponsor of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.
Says N. Chandrasekaran the company’s CEO and MD, an avid runner who has completed marathons across the world in cities such as Boston, Chicago, Mumbai, New York, Prague and Stockholm andalso ran at the BMW Berlin Marathon in 2011: “Running is an inclusive sport that anyone can take up – all they need is a pair of shoes and determination. We are constantly looking at ways to promote wellness and a sense of belonging in the communities we operate in. Given the core position that Germany holds in our global operations, we are pleased to support the marathon in Berlin as part of our larger commitment to the community,” said
As the BMW Berlin Marathon's technology partner, TCS is developing a mobile application to aid the runners, as well as their family and friends. An in-built tracking system will serve as a training guide to the participants, provide general information on the marathon, and help the audience to locate runners on the race route by name and number. It will also guide spectators to local attractions and the best spots along the route to watch their favorite athletes.
Adds Christian Jost, CEO of SCC EVENTS GmbH, the entity that organizes the event: “Over 38 years of its history, the BMW Berlin Marathon has emerged as one of the world’s top-most tier events and is considered a must on the itinerary of any elite runner. We are pleased to have Tata Consultancy Services as our main sponsor and information technology partner. We look forward to leveraging their world renowned prowess in technology in taking the race to the next level.”