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A consortium is just the thing

Consortiums make the uptake of technology more viable and partnerships are the striking feature of the new IT landscape

Nair: consortiums equal interoperability
Nair: consortiums equal interoperability

Consortiums are the perfect channels to build interoperability in the IoT and smart cities landscapes, said Jayraj Nair, head of IoT at Infosys. Speaking exclusively to SmartCitiesWorld, Nair acknowledged the continuing challenge of regulations keeping pace with innovation.


Citing the importance of issues around data privacy and security, as well as regulations governing data models, Nair said that one of the better ways to engage with smart cities, government agencies and the like, is through the use of consortiums.

“The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) is a good example. We have built a lot of solutions that bring 200-300 large technology companies and providers that can work together to influence and change the way things have been done to make the adoption of technology more feasible, more practical, and more useable,” he said.


As a systems integrator, Infosys is used to working with partners, but the very nature of the IoT landscape pushes that co–operation and transparency even further. “Working with the ecosystem you have to be very open, transparent and willing to listen to a broad set of partners, making collaboration effective and value added for both you and them.”


The collaboration required working in the open source landscape and fostered improved times to market, observed Nair, as well as producing a better quality of innovation.


Infosys has announced several collaborations in recent weeks including a global strategic initiative with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Here, the aim is to make the transition to the cloud faster and easier by Infosys using AWS to host a suite of its technologies. Infosys and AWS will enable clients to move enterprise workloads including mainframe and enterprise resource planning to the AWS cloud. It will leverage AWS offerings around analytics to provide deep, actionable insights enabling enterprises to gain competitive advantage in their particular industries.


As part of this collaboration, Infosys is creating an AWS Cloud Centre of Excellence. A dedicated site, this works across all Infosys Service Lines and has access to all the latest technological tools from AWS.


Infosys has also announced an expanded relationship with Microsoft to simplify and automate migration to Microsoft products and to accelerate Microsoft Azure-based and other digital transformations for clients. Infosys has committed to scale its team of dedicated Azure consultants to 5,000.

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