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HCL and IBM collaborate on IoT

Steve Rogerson
September 23, 2015
 
Through a co-innovation facility, Indian company HCL Technologies is working with IBM to develop use-case based applications of the IoT for global organisations. Initially, they will focus on IoT applications such as remote monitoring and smart inventories for manufacturing and facilities management.
 
HCL and IBM will initially focus on specific verticals including industrial, manufacturing and smart facilities to co-develop innovative connected products and operations, such as remote monitoring, smart inventory management, smart buildings and facilities management. The two companies will also set up an incubation centre at Noida, India, to develop these products.
 
“Building an extensive ecosystem around the internet of things is imperative to the success of all complex internet of things client solutions,” said Chris O’Connor, general manager of IoT offerings at IBM. “Combining HCL's IoT design capabilities in hardware and platforms with IBM IoT Foundationplatform, the result is an capability that generates new value across every segment we are targeting.”
 
The collaboration combines HCL Technologies’ heritage in engineering R&D services, global systems integration expertise supported with strong infrastructure services, along with IBM’s strength in enterprise asset management, cloud and analytics. Through their joint efforts, the two companies aim to enable seamless integration of devices, connectivity, data platforms and analytics for organisations across the world to address some of the most complex enterprise and industrial IoT challenges.
 
“The intersection of employees, data and technology enabled intelligent machines is creating fundamental shifts in enterprise business models, leading to not only increased productivity and efficiency but also opening a plethora of new revenue opportunities for companies,” said Sukamal Banerjee, executive vice president for HCL Technologies. “Our partnership with IBM will provide replicable use cases and PoCs [proofs of concept] for companies and enable accelerated adoption of IoT within and across industries.”
 
HCL’s IoT business helps companies accelerate their journey towards IoT adoption and achieving significant efficiency from existing assets, new products and services for the market. It helps companies define, build and run their IoT technology and business roadmaps.
 
Since its emergence on global landscape after its IPO in 1999, HCL has focused on transformational outsourcing, underlined by innovation and value creation, offering an integrated portfolio of services including software-led IT, remote infrastructure management, engineering, R&D services and business services. It has a network of offices in 31 countries.