Bengaluru-based information technology services firm Infosys has opened a digital innovation centre in Dusseldorf, Germany to leverage local talent and shrink the IT skills gap across Europe.
The centre will help Infosys work more closely with its clients in the region and support their digital transformation journey. It will be focusing on cloud-based services, internet of things (IoT), 5G, artificial intelligence (AL) and machine learning (ML), the company said in a media statement.
The country's second-largest software exporter, Infosys, said that the innovation centre will be able to serve as a link between businesses and the leading educational establishments in Germany to reduce the skills gap in the region.
“This investment in Germany builds on Infosys’ long-standing commitment to Europe, our investment in developing a highly-skilled workforce, and our focus on achieving innovation for our clients," said Pravin Rao, chief operating officer, Infosys.
Infosys has partnered with regional academic institutions such as Hochschule Dusseldorf - University of Applied Sciences and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management to work on joint training courses, research and scholarships. The centre will also upskill and reskill Infosys and its client employees on current and future technologies, the statement said.
“The state government is keen to support the digital transformation of our economy and create an engine for the establishment of new companies and innovation in Germany,” said Andreas Pinkwart, minister for economic affairs, innovation, digitilisation and energy, state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Infosys has a digital design studio in Berlin. The Dusseldorf centre will work closely with the studio as well as other digital innovation centres of Infosys across the globe. According to Infosys, a design-led mindset is required to accelerate the pace of innovation and gain a competitive advantage over competitors.
Ravi Kumar S, president of Infosys, said that the launch of the centre shows Infosys' commitment to building talent pools with strong digital skills.
Infosys has over 14,000 employees across 20 European countries. It had launched a digital innovation centre, as well as a cyber defence centre in Bucharest, Romania. The company has also expanded in the UK with the opening of experience design and innovation studio in London recently.
Last week, Pune-based information technology services firm Tech Mahindra had set up its first development centre in Timisoara, Romania.