‘Expansion in Kerala would provide us access to world-class skills and diversity of talent, drive skills development and enhance employability,’ says Sandip Patel, MD, IBM India.
Kerala has all the right reasons for being in cloud nine, as the global IT major, International Business Machine’s Indian arm is expanding its footprint in the state with the setting up of a Software Laboratory in Kochi. In a lightening speed, pretty much before the Bangalore-headquartered IBM India’s press release reached the mailboxes of journalists, the Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan had already tweeted the news.
The Tweet said: ‘A state-of-the art product engineering, design and development centre will be set up in Kochi to advance Hybrid Cloud and Artificial Intelligence technologies by IBM India. Thanks to IBM for taking up a leading role in Kerala’s IT sector and the State will ensure wholehearted support.”
According to the statement issued by IBM India, the company is establishing a Software Lab in Kochi. IBM India Software Labs are leading global innovation centres that develop and deliver next-generation software portfolio and cloud offerings.
In a virtual meeting, the Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, the Managing Director of IBM India Sandip Patel and the Vice President of IBM India Software Labs, Gaurav Sharma discussed the role of technology in accelerating Karala’s Digital Mission. Rightly so, at the discussion, Pinarayi Vijayan shared his vision of making Kerala a Digital Knowledge Economy, the changes introduced in the Information Technology Policy and the role of technology in helping sectors reset and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chief Minister also highlighted the importance of collaboration between industries, the government and the academia to drive growth opportunities within Kerala.
During the meeting, Sharma said the proposed expansion of IBM Software Labs’ operations in Kerala, which includes setting up of a niche product engineering, design and software development centre in Kochi. What’s more, the centre will focus on developing solutions infusing global design techniques, agile methodologies and advanced technologies including automation, data and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and security to support the requirements of the government and global patrons.
Patel termed IBM India as a microcosm of the IBM Corporation, committed to furthering the nation’s vision of ‘Make in India, for India and the World.’ Furthermore, IBM also brings its global best practices to India. “We hope to do that in Kerala as well, by building indigenous skills in the State that will created a talented pool for the global marketplace. Expansion in Kerala would provid us acccess to world-class skills and diversity of talent drive skills development and enhance employability.”
Pinarayi Vijayan spoke at the meeting: “Kerala is a talent hub for IT professionals and entrepreneurs, and we are pleased with IBM’s proposed expansion in the state. Technology Development Centers play an important role in driving economic growth by bringing innovations to the market quickly. We will extend our full support to IBM to establish its software development center in Kerala. I’m confident that our talent and IBM’s leading technologies will have a far-reaching impact which will create employment opportunities, accelerate digital innovation and provide a strong foundation for the IT/ITeS sector in the state.”
IBM India statement further stated that the proposed expansion is aligned to the company’s vision to shape the future of software development through an open, secure, decentralised architecture that helps its patrons automate, secure, modernise and predict. Currently IBM Software Labs operate from Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai in India.