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September 17, 2015

IBM & HCL enter joint venture to foster IoT adoption

Collaboration to provide replicable use cases and PoCs for companies and enable accelerated adoption of IoT in and across industries.

By Joao Lima

IT services company HCL and IBM have initiated a collaborative effort to accelerate IoT adoption.

The two companies will set up an Incubation Centre in Noida, India to jointly develop IoT solutions for different industries.

HCL and Big Blue said that initial focus will be given to specific verticals including Industrial and Manufacturing and Smart Facilities to co-develop innovative solutions around ‘Connected Products and Operations’ such as remote monitoring, smart inventory management, smart building and facilities management.

The partnership seeks to help organisations address some of the most complex enterprise and industrial IoT challenges. This will be done by enabling seamless integration of devices, connectivity, data platform and analytics.

The collaboration will combine HCL’s engineering R&D services and global systems integration, along with IBM’s enterprise asset management, cloud and analytics portfolio.

Chris O’Connor, GM of offerings for IoT at IBM, said: "Building an extensive ecosystem around the Internet of Things, is imperative to the success of all complex Internet of Things client solutions.

"Combining HCL’s IoT design capabilities in hardware and platforms with IBM IoT Foundation platform, the result is an capability that generates new value across every segment we are targeting."

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Sukamal Banerjee, executive VP for engineering and R&D at HCL, added: "The intersection of employees, data and technology enabled intelligent machines is creating fundamental shifts in enterprise business models, leading to not only increased productivity and efficiency but also opening a plethora of new revenue opportunities for companies."

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