DXC Tech­nolo­gies chooses In­dia to es­tab­lish an­a­lyt­ics fac­tory

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As it bets heav­ily on big data and an­a­lyt­ics, IT ser­vices giant DXC Tech­nol­ogy has turned its at­ten­tion to In­dia, look­ing to lever­age the skillset that the coun­try of­fers in this emerg­ing area of tech­nol­ogy.

The NYSE-listed com­pany has cho­sen In­dia as first lo­ca­tion glob­ally to set up its first An­a­lyt­ics Mi­gra­tion Fac­tory, while two more are ex­pected to come up in Poland and The Philip­pines by the end of the cur­rent cal­en­dar.

"Big data re­quires deep do­main knowl­edge and In­dia pro­vides this tal­ent pool in plenty," said Sam­son David, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor (In­dia) of DXC Tech­nol­ogy.

"We will be hir­ing peo­ple from cam­puses, apart from the lat­eral route for the fac­tory. A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of our em­ploy­ees are also be­ing reskilled."

DXC was formed in 2017 from the merger of Computer Sci­ences Cor­po­ra­tion (CSC) and the en­ter­prises ser­vices busi­ness of Hewlett Packard En­ter­prise (HPE). The com­pany is the sec­ond largest end-to- end IT ser­vices provider in the world af­ter Ac­cen­ture, with rev­enues of $24.55 bil­lion (in 2018) and a global head­count of around 150,000.

The An­a­lyt­ics Mi­gra­tion Fac­tory that has been set up in Ben­galuru will sup­port Mi­crosoft Azure. The com­pany said it would pro­vide ad­vanced ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and ma­chine learn­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties to en­ter­prises for de­vel­op­ment, de­liv­ery and sup­port ser­vices, which are de­signed for an­a­lyt­ics work­load mi­gra­tion so­lu­tions to Azure.

"To­day, a mas­sive amount of data is be­ing gen­er­ated, which is un­struc­tured. It needs to be an­a­lysed for ac­tion­able in­sights. These in­sights will lead to new mon­eti­sa­tion op­tions and new busi­ness models," said David.

"In this per­spec­tive, this is a strate­gic bet for us. We be­lieve this is an in­dus­try chang­ing thing be­cause, here, we are talk­ing about the com­bi­na­tion of cloud and an­a­lyt­ics along with scale," he added.

Data an­a­lyt­ics is one of the grow­ing do­mains in the dig­i­tal ser­vices space, given this tool helps en­ter­prises to im­prove op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency, apart from tak­ing smart busi­ness de­ci­sions through pre­dic­tive an­a­lyt­ics.

Com­ment­ing on the col­lab­o­ra­tion, Sashiku­mar Sreed­ha­ran, MD (en­ter­prise com­mer­cial busi­ness) of Mi­crosoft In­dia said the com­bi­na­tion of cloud and an­a­lyt­ics would be a game changer.

"It's just not the cloud. It's the pri­vate cloud which is the game changer. Due to ris­ing com­pe­ti­tion, en­ter­prises are in­creas­ingly look­ing at build­ing up a fair amount of con­trol (on their data)," said Sreed­ha­ran.

Fall­ing rev­enue in the IT in­dus­try from tra­di­tional or legacy busi­ness is prompt­ing IT ser­vices firms to in­vest more in var­i­ous do­mains of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy.

In ad­di­tion to set­ting up of cen­tres that are specially ded­i­cated to data an­a­lyt­ics, ar­ti­fi­cial tech­nol­ogy, ma­chine learn­ing and In­ter­net of Things (IoT) among oth­ers, they are also ac­quir­ing com­pa­nies to build up dig­i­tal ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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Data an­a­lyt­ics is one of the grow­ing do­mains in dig­i­tal ser­vices as it helps im­prove op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency

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