Hyderabad, a home for 8 million people, is the capital of Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Known for its rich history and culture with monuments, mosques, temples and a rich and varied heritage in arts, crafts and dance, this 400-year city sees the traditional and the modern co-existing perfect harmony.
Hyderabad was once a global center of the diamond and pearls trade, for which it is known by the sobriquet City of Pearls. Since 1990's Hyderabad has become a global city, with strengths in the commerce, education, entertainment, healthcare, professional services, research and transport—all contributing to its prominence. The city has significantly emerged as a global hub for the information technology industry. With various software firms, call centers, and business process outsourcing (BPO) companies, Hyderabad has become one of the key areas for such information technology (IT) and IT-enabled service set-ups. More than 500 software houses have their presence in Hyderabad. Almost every large software company (Microsoft, Google, Facebook, IBM, Accenture, Oracle, CA, GE, to name a few), in addition to many home grown software product and service organizations make Hyderabad a very attractive IT destination.