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Infosys is doubling down on cloud and big data with the recently announced partnerships with Microsoft, Huawei and HDS

Infosys is doubling down on cloud and big data with the recently announced partnerships with Microsoft, Huawei and HDS

Infosys announced a series of partnerships – with Microsoft, Huawei and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) – that will see the Indian outsourcing giant redouble its efforts to capture a growing share of demand for cloud and big data technologies and services.

The deals will see Infosys couple its software and services expertise with technologies offered by a number of the company’s partners, and invest in cultivating more cloud and big data skills internally.

As part of the deal Infosys promised to make more use of Microsoft’s big data solutions including Power BI and Microsft Azure Machine Learning, as well as establish a global centre of excellence for Microsoft Azure Machine Learning capable of training more than 1,000 engineers by the end of fiscal year 2015.

The partnership with Huawei will see the two companies jointly develop IT solutions that combine Huawei’s cloud infrastructure with service expertise from Infosys, and build reference architectures and standardised solutions for big data platforms on Huawei hardware infrastructure.

Huawei and Infosys will also explore setting up a joint lab in China to enable better delivery in all areas of the partnership.

Finally, the partnership with HDS will see both companies target enterprise datacentres with jointly developed reference architectures. Infosys and HDS will also jointly deliver solutions that help migrate enterprise-grade applications to the cloud, and collaborate on deploying SAP HANA on Hitachi infrastructure.

The recently announced partnerships are part of Infosys’ broader effort to realign the IT outsourcing business towards cloud and big data. The Indian IT oursourcing business has seen growth rates drop dramatically over the past few years – from 21.8 per cent in 2011 down to 12.7 per cent in 2013 – as a result of a shift towards self-service in IT as well as the rising labour costs, low-cost labour once giving the industry a strong competitive edge.

That said, developing value-added services for cloud and big data platforms – still pain points for many large enterprises – will help Infosys and other outsourcers stay relevant as the business transitions away from wholesale outsourcing.

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