Tech Mahindra, the $4.7 billion IT service provider of digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering services and solutions, has today announced significant strategic investments in the UK.
A research and development centre ‘Makers Lab’ has been established to work in collaboration with its long-term client and partner, British Telecom (BT), at the Adastral Park research campus near Ipswich, home of the world-renowned BT Labs. Makers Lab is also a part of the growing business incubation cluster Innovation Martlesham.
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The Indian-based tech giant is also setting up a brand new office in Salford to strengthen its presence across the UK while rolling out its apprentice program in 2018. The announcement follows the meeting of India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, and Theresa May in London.
Bridging borders through tech
Makers Lab will focus its research on major technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and quantum computing to make citizen services and experiences simpler and easier especially in the communications space. With the 5G roll-out in striking distance, co-innovating with industry partners and academia is the need of the hour.
Through Makers Lab, its new office in Salford and its apprentice program, Tech Mahindra will engage more than 100 local people. Makers Lab is also connecting with University of Suffolk to on-board students as interns in the lab for various positions.
CP Gurnani, CEO and MD of Tech Mahindra, said: “Innovation is the key to survival in the digital future. The UK-India Innovation partnership draws from the best learning and skills of both developed and developing economies in shaping the digital future. We at Tech Mahindra are taking the philosophy of disruption by design to our client ecosystem, academia and people through our research arm Makers Lab in UK.”
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These investments are part of Tech Mahindra’s TechMNxt Charter, its global program to explore emerging technologies like AI, blockchain, cyber security and AI-infused IoT solutions, designed to preempt and anticipate customer’s evolving and dynamic needs. The underlying priority is the application of the trending technology to solve real business problems of customers by collaborating and co-innovating with startups, academia and partners.
Tech Mahindra is part of $19 billion Mahindra Group that employs more than 200,000 people in over 100 countries. The Group operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, aftermarket, information technology and vacation ownership.