Capgemini enabling its India team on 5G and Edge Computing
As per Ashwin Yardi, Chief Executive of Capgemini in India, the company is setting up its India team to cater to the next wave of demand for skills in technologies like 5G and edge computing.
As more global enterprises experiment and co-develop use cases surrounding both technologies, the company’s India arm aims to position itself increasingly as a hub for such projects and has also been skilling Indian executives in this direction.
Yardi said that from autonomous cloud to cars, increasingly more products and services are becoming embedded with software and that Capgemini has been capitalising on this trend through its “intelligent industry” offering, which includes work on cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, edge computing and 5G, which are technology areas that have a big footprint in India for the company.
“Some of the biggest use cases of 5G will be on the shop floor of plants. More companies will start looking at these use cases and it will be a sort of next wave of demand for skills in India. That's why our whole focus is on 5G, edge (computing) and intelligent industry,” he said.
Capgemini has announced a 5G lab in Mumbai so that companies can prototype and test 5G products. There are two more similar labs in Portugal and France. The technology has become a key focus area for Capgemini following its acquisition of French engineering-consulting firm Altran last year, now rechristened Capgemini Engineering.
“5G is one of the key focus areas for Capgemini group globally, and specially with the acquisition of Altran, which has a big footprint in telecom technologies… It (5G lab) is a 1,500 square feet lab with all the 5G test beds,” Yardi said. The idea is that any client can experience 5G and Edge PoCs (proof of concepts), use cases can be piloted here.”
As per Yardi, companies were compelled to digitalise and modernise their technology infrastructure due to pandemic and now in the last few months they are focussing on ramping up their digital capabilities strategically.
“Last year probably was a more tactical response to keep the business running. Now it's a much more strategic way of defining new ways of working and enabling your technology to support it,” he said.
“For example, initially we moved to doing some of our interviewing, onboarding virtually. But now we are doing such a radical volume, having the process virtualized as is is not good enough. The entire model including the whole campus has been virtualised.”
As a result of the bump in business demand, the India unit may also ramp up hiring, he said.
“In the beginning of the year or last year when we were planning, we had said we would hire 30,000 in India and in 2020 we had hired 25,000. But the reality is the way we are seeing the market dynamic, much more robust growth (is expected) than what was originally planned.”
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