Mumbai based global information technology (IT) services giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) recently announced that it is opening three Google Garages at its research centres (TCS Pace Ports) in Amsterdam, New York and Tokyo.
These Google Garages are expected to provide clients with services such as evaluation of cloud solutions, prototyping applications, as well as applying analytics, artificial intelligence capabilities in an agile development environment.
The Pace Ports in which they have been launched act as physical-digital hubs (phygital hubs) that will house experts in the Google Cloud Platform versed with digital transformation initiatives.
The Google cloud native research centres will also provide TCS’s suite of industry centric solutions to customers, some of which are TCS BaNCS for core banking, TCS OmniStore for retailers, and TCS Optumera for merchandising and supply chain optimization, among others.
TCS and Google Cloud also said that they will jointly develop new industry-specific solutions for retail, manufacturing and financial services sectors.
In October last year, TCS decided to divide its cloud services into five units to focus specifically on five top cloud partners -- Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, a cloud consulting arm and its own TCS private cloud arm to push for what it termed as ‘exponential growth'.
In an interview with TechCircle, Nidhi Srivastava, the Vice President & Global Head of the Google Cloud Business unit at TCS, shed light on the importance of these Cloud Garages in terms of tapping into the accelerated move to the cloud by enterprises. Nidhi also spoke about how the TCS- Google Cloud partnership has evolved over the past nine months since the five separate units were created.