Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is in talks with several Australian and New Zealand startup companies to help take their products and services internationally.
TCS chief technology officer, K Ananth Krishnan, said the company began working with startups in order to boost the capability of its research and development department.
“Startups are an emerging extension to technical systems that TCS cannot invent and for the startup it makes sense because they get access to a global market channel,” Krishnan said. “Customers also like it because they gain access to unique technology.”
Krishnan added that TCS had targeted Australian startups in different verticals including analytics, mobility, intelligent infrastructure and social media.
The selected companies are to be announced within two months after TCS completes due diligence.
“I have talked with some of our Australian customers about signing up to the startup program and three are ready to be part of it,” Krishnan said.
The company’s research and development unit has also been bolstered by partnership with Queensland-based Bond University’s School of Information Technology for research and professional development programs that was signed in December 2011.
Under the program, academics can share information and participate in exchange programs to TCS headquarters in Mumbai, India.
Follow Hamish Barwick on Twitter: @HamishBarwick
Follow Computerworld Australia on Twitter: @ComputerworldAU