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IBM expands presence in Kerala and plans to set up IBM Software Labs to establish a state-of-the-art product engineering, design and development center in Kochi to advance Hybrid Cloud and Artificial Intelligence technologies

Thiruvananthapuram, NFAPost: IBM announced that it is working to set up a Software Lab in Kochi, Kerala to develop and deliver next-generation software portfolio and cloud offerings.

In a virtual meeting, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, IBM India Managing Director Sandip Patel and IBM India Software Labs Vice President Gaurav Sharma discussed the role of technology in accelerating the state’s digital mission.

During the meeting the Kerala Chief Minister shared his vision of making Kerala a Digital Knowledge-Economy, the changes introduced in the IT policy and the role of technology in helping sectors reset and recover from the pandemic. Pinarayi Vijayan also discussed the importance of collaboration between industries, government and the academia to drive growth opportunities within the state.

“Kerala is a talent hub for IT professionals and entrepreneurs, and the state is 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,” said Pinarayi Vijayan

Pinarayi Vijayan said Kerala state government will extend its 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,” said Pinarayi Vijayan.

During the meeting, Gaurav Sharma discussed the proposed expansion of IBM Software Labs’ operations in Kerala which includes establishing a state-of-the-art product engineering, design and software development center in Kochi.

“This center 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 customers,” said Gaurav Sharma.

Speaking on the occasion, IBM India Managing Director Sandip Patel said IBM India is a microcosm of the IBM corporation committed to furthering the country’s vision of Make in India, for India and the World.

“IBM brings its global best practices to India and we hope to do that in Kerala as well, by building indigenous skills in the state that will create a talent pool for the global marketplace. Expansion in Kerala would provide us access to world-class skills and diversity of talent, drive skills development and enhance employability,” said Sandip Patel.

The proposed expansion is aligned to IBM’s vision to shape the future of software development- through an open, secure, decentralized architecture that helps clients automate, secure, modernize and predict. Currently IBM Software Labs operate from Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai in India.

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