The Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) has launched IBM’s Client Innovation Centre (CIC) in Mysuru, as part of its Spoke-shore Strategy to attract companies to set up operations in cities ‘Beyond Bengaluru’.
The CIC initiative aims at supporting the rapid, high-tech-driven economic growth in tier 2 and 3 regions while providing comprehensive hybrid cloud and AI technology consulting capabilities.
Congratulating KDEM and IBM on the launch of their Client Innovation Centre, Ashwath Narayana, Minister for Higher Education; IT & BT, Science & Technology; Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Livelihood said, “I applaud KDEM for making the Spoke-shore strategy a reality in India and wholeheartedly welcome IBM’s CIC to Mysuru. It is encouraging to see that the industry is recognizing places such as Mysuru, thereby echoing our vision of Beyond Bengaluru. We are confident that this partnership will propel Karnataka to become a frontrunner for digital services and technologies the world over.
Commenting on the inauguration of the CIC, B.V. Naidu, Chairman, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission said, “The launch of the Client Innovation Centre at Mysuru resonates with KDEM’s Spoke-shore initiative of attracting at least 100 GCCs by 2025. With the augmented pace at which centers like Mysuru are transforming digitally, we believe that such concerted efforts as IBM’s CIC is key to amplifying Karnataka’s IT ecosystem, especially in centers beyond Bengaluru.”
Amit Sharma, Managing Partner, Worldwide Global Delivery, IBM said, “The IBM CIC will play a key role in the digital transformation of the IT-ecosystem throughout the city and create new employment opportunities to foster the next wave of technology innovation. IBM CIC is looking to hire over 10,000 staff this quarter globally. This builds on double-digit hiring growth in its Global Delivery Centers already this year. This continued investment in talent will expand the company’s skillsets in areas such as AI, intelligent workflows, application modernization and management, and hybrid cloud.”
Speaking at the launch of the CIC in Mysuru, E.V. Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary- Department of Electronics, IT-BT & S&T said, “KDEM has paved way for a new wave of digital transformation in Karnataka, especially in tier 2 and 3 centers. Initiatives such as CIC prove that a Government-Industry synergy can build a robust digital infrastructure, thereby significantly contributing to the nation’s economy and progress.”
Sanjeev Gupta, MD & CEO, Lahari said, “Spoke-shore strategy has alleviated several GCC companies to create offshore hubs in Bengaluru. The question is what next from here, spoke-shore is next. We are extremely happy that IBM’s CIC is one such milestone towards taking the Spoke-shore strategy a reality and building a formidable ecosystem that goes beyond the realms of Bengaluru and focuses on a well-rounded development of Karnataka, especially its promising Tier 2 and 3 markets.”
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