HCL opens Microsoft Cortana AI Lab for Azure development

HCL opens Microsoft Cortana AI Lab for Azure development

NEWSBYTE: IT services company HCL Technologies has announced the opening of a new lab to hothouse solutions around Microsoft’s AI platform, Cortana Analytics in the Azure Cloud.

The new Lab 21 facility will allow HCL to develop and deploy “high-impact business solutions” based on the platform, in areas such as business intelligence, big data, and advanced analytics, said the company.

Cortana is Microsoft’s smart digital assistant, which suggests that the Lab’s offerings will have machine-learning and voice-enabled capabilities.

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The lab is based in Redmond, Washington, where Microsoft is also headquartered. The 5,000-square-foot facility houses a team of data scientists, architects, and big data experts.

Their analytics-based solutions will be “built out in immediate and scalable formats” across three categories: Operational Intelligence, Customer Insights, and Product Engineering, said HCL in an announcement.

“These enterprise solutions, having been built initially as proofs-of-concept to address pressing business challenges, are fully scalable, deployable frameworks”, explained HCL. The aim is to deliver “measurable value in optimisation, forecasting accuracy, and provisioning, as well as predictive dashboards”.

“Our investments in Lab 21, toward developing deep competencies on Microsoft’s Cortana Intelligence stack, reinforce our commitment to bringing the power of superior Cloud and AI offerings to our customers,” said Kalyan Kumar, CVP & CTO – IT Services, HCL Technologies. 

Michael Angiulo, CVP of Microsoft Corp, added: “Over the past few years, we have significantly increased our focus to help our mutual customers through their digital transformation journey. 

Our work with HCL has been centred on building solutions that will drive significant value and help our customers transition to the cloud.

“I am excited about HCL’s strong commitment to our cloud alliance, as its Lab 21 will provide a platform for building and showcasing industry vertical and horizontal solutions with the Microsoft AI Platform and Azure.”  

Internet of Business says

We will shortly be publishing an exclusive interview with Sukamal Banerjee, Corporate VP and Head of IoT WoRKS at HCL.

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