TCS (Tata Consultancy Services), the global software major, this week claimed that it inked an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the IIS (Institute of Industrial Science) at University of Tokyo to facilitate inter-personnel exchange and join hands on technology research.
The MoU unlocks the prospect of the IIS and TCS operating together on technology validation, basic research, and the real-world scenarios along with commercialization of techs in the field of robotics. The association is the newest addition to COIN (Co-innovation Network) by TCS. The initiative brings together the research, academia, alliance partners, and tech start-ups from all over the world to conceptualize & collaborate innovation that assists users in their journeys of digital transformation.
“In a modern world, leveraging & building a partner bionetwork is of strategic significance in delivering & creating value. This is the core idea behind our COIN initiative that brings technology & research breakthroughs from academia to meet customer requirements,” claimed Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President at TCS, K. Ananth Krishnan, to the media in an interview.
On a similar note, TCS earlier claimed that it is conducting controlled tests on how to unlock Ignio, its AI platform, to 3rd party developers comprising competitors to develop applications on. This comes as the IT services company makes an effort to set up a software brand.
The pipeline for Ignio, which was rolled out commercially 3 Years back, seems a lot akin to General Electric’s plan around Predix (its IoT platform). Firms can use apps built by other IT services companies on the Predix platform. But TCS is operating on Ignio’s sales, business model, and branding strategy to distinguish it from its conventional services model.
“Currently, it is a phase where we are performing controlled tests on how to unlock it to everyone,” claimed global head of Digitate, Harrick Vin, to the media in an interview. Digitate is the arm that shelters Ignio.