Hyderabad: IT services and solutions company Tech Mahindra plans to train and upskill at least 2,000 to 3,000 of its employees in blockchain and related technologies in order to meet its growing demand from its clients.
In order for the upskilling, the company launched the Tech Mahindra BlockGeeks Programme in its Hyderabad campus and as part of this it will set up a Blockchain centre within its research & development arm Makers Lab in order to facilitate co-innovation in the space and develop enterprise grade solutions for customers across industries globally.
Under the programme, eligible candidates will undergo comprehensive training in the lab post which they will be required to setup code, create smart contract and build solutions, thereby gaining technical proficiency in blockchain technology. In the last two years of the launch of blockchain programme, Tech Mahindra has done 20 implementation of the technology and anticipates doubling the implementation in this financial year.
The development work carried out in the Makers Lab is focused on next gen technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, 5G – Network of the future. Tech Mahindra has Makers Labs across four locations in India – at Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, besides labs in the US, UK and Germany.
In addition, the IT company is also looking at collaborating with various startups working in the blockchain space and has so far collaborated with 15 startups in this space. “We have done one acquisition in this space and are open to acquiring startups if they suit our requirements,” said Rajesh Dhuddu, global practice leader, Blockchain, Tech Mahindra.
According to Dhuddu, blockchain technology has gained traction in the last few years and the major sectors using this technology are manufacturing, financial technology, healthcare, life sciences, banking and financial institutions, telecom and government organisations. “We are working with many State governments to use blockchain in various initiatives like land recording, vehicle registration and many more,” he added.