Kochi (Kerala), August 5, 2021: IBM is to set up a state-of-the-art product engineering, design and software development lab in Kochi, the business capital of Kerala state.
This 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 customers.
The announcement came on the heels of a virtual meeting, between Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and IBM India Managing Director, Sandip Patel. Gaurav Sharma - Vice President, IBM India Software Labs also joined.
The 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. He said: “Kerala is a talent hub for IT professionals and entrepreneurs, and we are pleased with IBM’s proposed expansion in the state. Technology Development Centres 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 centre 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.”
Sandip Patel added “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.”
Currently IBM Software Labs operate at Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai in India.