Tech Mahindra, a provider of digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering services and solutions, just announced strategic investments in the UK.
A research and development center ‘Makers Lab’ has been established to work in collaboration with its long-term client and partner, British Telecom (BT), at the Adastral Park research campus near Ipswich, home of BT Labs. Makers Lab is also a part of the growing business incubation cluster Innovation Martlesham.
Tech Mahindra is also setting up a brand new office in Salford to strengthen its presence across the UK while rolling out its apprentice program in 2018. The announcement comes on the sidelines of Prime Minster of India Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of UK Theresa May’s meeting in London.
Makers Lab will focus its research on major technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and quantum computing to make citizen services and experiences simpler and easier especially in the communications space. With the 5G roll-out in striking distance, co-innovating with industry partners and academia is the need of the hour.
Through Makers Lab, its new office in Salford and its apprentice program, Tech Mahindra is expected to employ over 100 people. Makers Lab is also connecting with University of Suffolk to on-board students as interns in the lab for various positions.
Mr. CP Gurnani, CEO and MD of Tech Mahindra, said: “Innovation is the key to survival in the digital future. The UK-India Innovation partnership draws from the best learning and skills of both developed and developing economies in shaping the digital future. We at Tech Mahindra are taking the philosophy of disruption by design to our client ecosystem, academia and people through our research arm Makers Lab in UK.”
These investments are part of Tech Mahindra’s TechMNxt Charter, its global program to explore emerging technologies like AI, Blockchain, Cybersecurity and AI-infused IoT solutions, designed to preempt and anticipate customer’s evolving and dynamic needs. The underlying priority is the application of the trending technology to solve real business problems of customers by collaborating and co-innovating with startups, academia and partners.
Pictured, left-right: Lisa Perkins, Director, Research & Innovation, BT; Nikhil Malhotra, Global Head, Makers Lab; Mike Ashwell, Account Director & Head of UK Makers Lab, Kanchan Bhonde, Chief Architect, UK Makers Lab