HCL inaugurates Lab 21 focused on Microsoft AI platform

HCL Technologies today announced the opening of technology development center, ‘Lab 21,’ showcasing the deep collaboration, investments, and advocacy on Microsoft AI platform/Cortana Analytics in the Azure Cloud.

Lab 21 will allow HCL to develop and deploy high-impact business solutions based on the Microsoft AI Platform that will help accelerate adoption and increase value creation for enterprise customers in such areas as business intelligence, big data and advanced analytics. The Lab is based in Redmond, Washington.

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

“Our work with HCL has been centered around 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 their Lab 21 will provide a platform for building and showcasing industry vertical and horizontal solutions with the Microsoft AI Platform and Microsoft Azure,” said Michael Angiulo, CVP – Microsoft.

The 5,000-square-foot lab houses a team of data scientists, architects, and big data experts who focus entirely on vertical and domain solution offerings using the Microsoft AI Platform. Broadly classified into operational intelligence, customer insights and product engineering categories, the analytics-based solutions are built out in immediate and scalable formats by HCL.

These enterprise solutions, having been built initially as proofs-of-concept to address pressing business challenges, are now fully scalable, deployable frameworks that bring in immense value in terms of optimization, forecasting accuracy and provisioning, as well as predictive dashboards.


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